Everyone has a TV show they’re binging. With covid, spending time at home is unavoidable, and there are a lot less out-and-about things we can do to entertain ourselves. So, you’ve speed-watched a bunch of TV shows, seen too many movies, and gotten way too good at your favorite video game. If you feel like you’re starting to run out of things to do, trust me when I say you’re not alone.
Maybe reading books for fun is not something everyone does. A lot of the time, when I ask someone about a book, they respond with “Well, I watched the movie…” and I stop listening. The thing is, if you have a lot of hesitancy towards cracking open a book and reading it (such a difficult task, I know), it’s probably because you’ve read mainly books for school. But the thing is, reading a book for yourself is so different from reading a book for school. I’ve actually found that I read a book faster if I don’t have a due date for it--and that’s because reading it isn’t stressful.
These books are all very different in hopes that one may catch your attention.
1. These are in no particular order other than the categories they are divided into
2. The age/content ratings are based purely on my judgment
First genre: YA page-turners
If you’re new at reading, or don’t read that much and are intimidated by intense books like Frankenstein or Pride and Prejudice, young adult novels are a great place to start. They’re the perfect way to get your feet wet in the world of reading; these books have always been some of the most entertaining ones out there. Whether they take place in an overly glorified dystopian future or a cloudy vampire-ridden town, it’s nearly impossible to put most of them down. So, if you’re looking for something like these kinds of fast-paced dramas, the following two recommendations fit the bill.
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (12+)
Love it or hate it, The Hunger Games (and the trilogy it is a part of) is a modern classic. It follows the story of Katniss Everdeen and her travels through a war-torn futuristic society in this epic fight-the-system tale. When her sister, Prim, is chosen for the Hunger Games (a tradition where people aged 12-18 are forced to fight to the death), Katniss volunteers in her place and this is where her story truly begins. If you’re into post-apocalyptic futures, this has all the things you love: violence, pretty people, and love triangles. And, once you’re finished reading the books, there are movies (which, shockingly, are actually good).
I can’t cover every YA apocalypse book or series, but if you’re already a fan of The Hunger Games, some other books/series that should be able to tide you over are The Maze Runner (there are movies to accompany it), The 100 (whose TV show is the best thing the CW--a production company featuring CBS and Warner Bros--has ever made), and Red Queen.
2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (13+)
I can feel you rolling your eyes. But if you haven’t read it, you’re not allowed to judge. It has really been dragged through the dirt, but believe it or not, it’s actually a really good love story. On Goodreads, the majority of people give it 5 stars, the second most people give it 4. And sure, it’s not the deepest book you’ve ever read, but it is an intensely rich pageturner--a guilty pleasure, if you will. It’s the book equivalent of eating a chocolate lava cake. This book is one of the most famous young adult romances of the modern era, and has three sequels, one retelling from a different point of view, and one genderswap AU to prove that.
This book (well, the whole series) is very difficult to put into words so, to sum it up, here is a famous quote from the first book, and one of my favorites as a reader:
“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him” (Meyer, Twilight).