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Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once

By: Avigail Feldman

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Over the past 2 years, I have read over 150 books. That's a lot, I know. From moving to college, getting over pandemic boredom, and simply being a teenage girl, I quickly realized that reading became a form of escapism I needed to get through big changes in my life. Through this journey (and being heavily addicted to BookTok), I have come across books that everyone must read at least once. Here they are.

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

I don’t even know where to start. I literally have nothing bad to say about Lucy Score's writing. If you’re looking for small-town romance, mystery, found family, the most amazing side characters ever, and tears rolling down your face from laughing so hard? This is the book for you. Bonus! This book is part of a series with two more books that are equally/if not more amazing.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

I’ve never really read historical fiction, but after my best friend AND grandma told me to pick up this book? I am so glad I did. This book is a masterpiece. If you like 1960’s history, women in science/workforce, and hilarious dialogue? This one is a no brainer.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words might be my favorite romance novel I have ever read. This book is beautifully written while keeping me on the edge of my feet the entire time. If you love childhood friends to lovers, second chance romance, and understand what it means to grow with a person, you need to read this book. WARNING: you may bawl your eyes out... (I did).

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Omg omg omg. This book has 1000% earned its hype on the internet. The characters (XADENNN), dragons, insane plot twists, romance, and ENDING?! Absolute perfection. I read this book in less than 2 days and wish I could read it again for the first time. The best part? The second book is already out.

Powerless by Elsie Silver

I write this on behalf of the entire Chestnut Springs series. Oh. My. God. If you like romance books, these are easily some of my favorites in the genre. Cowboys, found family, major character development, heavy romance, and hilarious dialogue? Say less. Powerless specifically is my number one of the series, but all are worth your time. Fun fact: they all take place in Alberta for all our Canadians out there - me included ;).

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

This book is definitely heavier than my other recommendations. This harrowing true story is what I call unputdownable and will keep you thinking about it far after you finish. Although upsetting and unimaginable, the love story tied throughout the novel will keep you smiling. I do highly suggest reading trigger warnings, as the title suggests this subject matter is difficult to read. But one that is 100% worth your energy.

The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

This mystery book is a total page-turner. I may have stayed up all night reading because I was that desperate to get to the end. Freida McFadden knows how to keep a reader alert and hooked from the very beginning. The twists and turns this book took... I’m speechless. All I can say is go read it right now.

Forever Never by Lucy Score

My dear, Lucy Score. How you have done it again! 'Forever Never' is the perfect standalone small-town romance that had me up all night again flipping pages. This is another one of those books that leaves you with a hole in your heart not knowing what to do after finishing it. The banter, chemistry, and plot of this book was amazing. A total 5-star read.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Finally, I thought I would end this with my favorite classic. Jane Austin is obviously an impeccable writer and this book has been in my top 10 since I read it. The meaning behind every little detail in this novel makes this book what it is. There is SO much more than Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. And yes, the book is better than the movie.

So maybe you're trying to finish that New Year's resolution to read more or need something to do over spring break. Either way, all of these books are my absolute favorites and ones I will recommend for a very long time.

PS: If you're like me and have read all these books or want more recommendations, download the app Goodreads for quality reviews, watch BookTube for inspiration (I’m currently obsessed with the creator Sara Carrolli), and if you don’t want to spend a ton of money on physical copies download the Kindle app and read digital versions!

Happy reading!

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