Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group that posts a weekly "top 5" list for book reviewers to tackle! If you'd like to join in, the group is HERE.

This week's topic was books to get you out of a reading slump!

Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let's talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump! 

5. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn


This may seem like an odd choice, since it's not exactly easy or relaxing reading, but Gillian Flynn's bestselling mystery is one I've read five times now, and plan to read many times more. No matter how little reading I'm doing at any given time, I always devour this book -- which is especially impressive since I now know all the plot twists and the ending. Every time I read it, I find a new bit of foreshadowing or character depth or some other cool detail that makes the story feel that much more real. It's also a good, quick read -- it's not overly long, and the story is incredibly fast-paced, with something crucial coming out every chapter. 


4. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson - Louise Rennison


This is a series of ten books about a shallow, sarcastic teenage girl and her quest to find true love, and each and every one is a gem. I mean it, they're ALL laugh-out-loud hilarious. I'd recommend starting at the beginning of the series, but they can be read in any order and still be enjoyable. Georgia's narration is raunchy, brutally honest, and incredibly amusing, and the books are all quite easy to get through in one or two sittings. And when you finish one book, you're desperate for the next one. Thank goodness we don't have to wait for new releases anymore! (Because the series is over. ...BRB, sobbing.)


3. How to Get Suspended and Influence People - Adam Selzer


I think Adam Selzer might be one of the most criminally underrated YA authors out there. This is his first book, as well as the first one I read, and from page one, it's smart, hilarious, and fast-paced. Following the misadventures of a middle school "gifted" kid who's tasked with making a sex ed video, this book tackles censorship in a thoughtful but funny way. It's a very short book -- I finished it in a day -- but it's well worth the read, and it sets the tone and lays the groundwork for Selzer's other books, all of which are set in the same town. (And some have vampires. Long story.)

2. Paper Towns - John Green


"The Fault in Our Stars" may have been the John Green book to take the world by storm, but for my money, "Paper Towns" is his best work. I'd recommend it for getting out of your slump not only because it lacks the soul-crushing angst of some of his other books, but it's also freaking hilarious. Not only that, it's incredibly moving! If you like a good road trip story or a good demolishing of the "manic pixie dream girl" trope, definitely pick this book up. Even if you're not a fan of Green's other works, I'd suggest at least trying it, and keeping an open mind. Don't get me wrong, I love Hazel Grace and Augustus, but to me, the characters in this book feel much more relatable, realistic, and by extension, enjoyable. I've read it many, many times, and it always leaves me wanting more.

1. The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling


Yeah, yeah, sorry to be so predictable. But I, like many millennials, grew up on Harry Potter, and I've read every book at least three times. No matter what sort of books I'm into at any given time, or what sort of trends are going on in the publishing industry, I am ALWAYS down to read Harry Potter. These were some of the first books I can remember reading, and it's the first fandom I was ever deeply involved in. Whenever I'm having difficulty getting through a book or reading anything longer than a Buzzfeed article, I can always retreat back into the world of Hogwarts -- no matter what.

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