Book Favorites: Some Oldies, Some Newbies, All Hopefully Goodies!

(These are from left to right, top to bottom)

Originally, I was going to post separate reviews for some of my favorites, but I decided this is more efficient as I simply have too many books that I love and I don’t want to bore you to death with so many book reviews as this isn’t really a book review blog. That being said, I still love to read and recommend my faves to anyone and everyone who will listen so I hope you will check some of these out and love them as much as I do!

  1. Secrets of a Former Fat Girl – This is technically a diet book, but I really liked the way it was written. Even though she certainly offers up a lot of diet and exercise tips that helped her along the way to a healthy body, I really loved that it tells the story of a girl who was perpetually overweight, even in childhood, and who works really hard to be healthier and more confident over time. I think it’s really inspiring to hear this from someone who has been there as opposed to someone who is already very fit and always has been.
  2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman – You may have seen the animated kids film for this, but let me tell you, this book is way creepier than that. Neil Gaiman is such a great writer and he truly knows how to creep the reader out. I read this on a plane, coming home from a trip and it creeped me out on a plane surrounded by people. Even though it’s written for children, I think this would weird anyone out, but the story is a really great sort of modernized grimm tale type.
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth – I won’t say too much on this one, but check out the review I did for this here if you’re curious. It’s better than Hunger Games!
  4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – This is the sequel to Divergent!
  5. Gemma Doyle Series (A Great & Terrible Beauty ) by Libba Bray – Based in Victorian England, the story starts with the mysterious death of Gemma’s mother. Shortly after, she is sent to an all girls’ boarding school in the English countryside where strange things begin to happen to her. Really great series if you love both fantasy and period dramas, which I do!
  6. Harry Potter Series – Seriously, if you haven’t read this yet, you really should. This book actually taught me so much about life. It’s just good. Even if you have seen the films, but never read them. They offer much more in regard to the details of the story , characters and events that the movies don’t really express.
  7. Interworld by Neil Gaiman – Ever wondered what it would be like to jump dimensions and discover parallel versions of yourself existing all at once, but all entirely different? Really good read!
  8. Millennium Trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) by Stieg Larsson – This is a great series for anyone who believes in women rights, wants to be a bada$$ prodigy ( or meet one) , or all of the above. It’s a seriously great story that I often refer to as my “grown up harry potter.” Not because it’s anything like HP, but because my obsession with this series actually rivaled that one .. for a few months anyway.
  9. Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld – Everything freezes in this tiny town in Oklahoma for everyone except 4 kids who were born at exactly midnight. For one hour, they each have special powers to fight what comes out of the darkness and into the midnight with them.
  10. Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – If you live under a rock and don’t know what this is about, it centers on the story of Katniss Everdeen, a girl living in a world in which there are 12 districts all ruled by one capitol. Since the 12 districts rebelled against the capitol years ago, all children 12+up from each district are forced to enter their names into a bowl. One boy and one girl are picked randomly from each district to fight to the death in the Hunger Games as punishment for their districts past uprising.
  11. Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld – Set in a futuristic society where everyone gets an operation at age 16 which fixes all of their flaws (symmetrical face, eyes, cute nose, etc.) so they can become pretty, Tally is just an ordinary girl eagerly awaiting her 16th birthday so she can leave her ugly self behind, get the operation to become pretty, and cross the river to live with the other pretties. Everything changes when she meets Shay, a girl who not only doesn’t care or think that she’s ugly, but doesn’t want the operation and wants to stay as she is.
  12. Violet on the Runway series by Melissa Walker – Every girl wishes that they could be plucked out of their small town by a modeling agent to become a top runway model and for Violet, that’s just what happens. A really good series about one girl’s journey from awkward to confident. the ugliness of the model world and finding yourself.
  13. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – Very similar to the film that came out with the same title, but I really enjoyed this book a lot. Geishas and the like really interest me so if they interest you as well, definitely check it out!
  14. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson – Written in the 50’s ( I believe), this tells the story of a scientist – Robert Neville – who is the last man on earth after a virus turns everyone into vampires. Although there is a film out of this same title and based on this book, the book is entirely different and the ending and vampires especially are completely different.
  15. What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson – I read this book because I really loved the film of the same title, but the book itself is completely different. It’s more or less about existentialism and what happens after we die – where do we go, what do we do, who do we meet, etc.
  16. Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare – I started reading this series because I really loved the Mortal Instruments series by the same author, but this series is actually better than TMI series in my opinion. Even though it’s technically a prequel series to TMI, you don’t have to read the Mortal Instruments series to understand the story, though you will get more character references and things if you read TMI first. I really love this series because it’s based in Victorian England and is very steam punk influenced, which is something I really love. I love fantasy fiction so if you’re into that genre, you’ll probably like this one!

That’s all for now; What are your current book favorites?


7 thoughts on “Book Favorites: Some Oldies, Some Newbies, All Hopefully Goodies!

  1. Caherine

    Yay, lots of books for me to check out! I am most intrigued by the Divergant/Insurgent books, I was engrossed by the Hunger Games, such addictive reads, and it would be good to have another easyish to read page turner to get lost in. Also interested in the Uglies books, sounds similar to Delirium/Pandemonium, in which love is considered a disease. Can totally reccomend those, btw, so good! Thanks for your tips 🙂

    1. storybookapothecary Post author

      Def. do check them out! You won’t regret it! I am soo addicted to the Divergent series at the moment! Uglies is another fave. It’s so symbolic and says a lot about how we view beauty, etc. Love it. I will def. check out Delirium/Pandemonium! thanks for the recommendations! x

  2. keepingupwiththekelly

    Harry Potter is classic! I really enjoyed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, it’s a real page-turner. If you like thrillers I highly recommend The Collector by John Fowles, I recently re-read it and it’s classic in my opinion. It’s about a lonely and uneducated clerk called Frederick, who likes collecting butterflies and taking photographs, he’s hopelessly in love with the beautiful art student Miranda. He always liked watching Miranda, one day he wins a large sum of money in the pools and decides to buy a secluded cottage in the English countryside. Then he kidnaps Miranda and takes her to his home. She is now part of his collection. From that moment it’s a constant battle between 2 people who couldn’t not have been any more different from each other. It’s a very slow book with a lot of references to for instance Shakespeare’s The Tempest and it discusses at lot of philosophical issues, like the nature of art, God/faith and humanity.


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