😍 Escape the Bad Book Blues 😍

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This summer, I hit a massive roadblock. Not literally (because no, I was not driving and I did not crash my vehicle into some kind of signage blocking the road) and not entirely figuratively (because yes, I was still moving forwards, albeit slowly). I don’t know what happened, but suddenly it just became so much harder to find good books.

Now when I say good books, I mean books that leave me wrecked at the end. Like I need an immediate mind-wipe so I can go through the entire journey again, because I know after reading that book, I will never be the same person. (In a very, very perfectly amazing way.)

What did I do when this happened? Turned to my co-blogger Mandy of course! And she had only the same to say. We are just not finding those turn-your-heart-inside-out, melt-your-brain, curl-your-toes, can’t-find-breath-but-it’s-okay kind of books.

As a solution, we did some deep and I mean DEEP digging into our Goodreads, bookshelves and Kindles to find the best of the best books in our favourite genres. Hey, if we’re suffering it’s sure you’re in a rut too. Now let’s see what has kept us book princesses swooning since day one.


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📖 MIDDLE GRADE 📖


FANTASY

Ella EnchantedKringleThomas Wildus and The Book of SorrowsThe Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

👑 Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine | GOODREADS |
👑 Kringle by Tony Abbott | GOODREADS |
👑 Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen | GOODREADS |
👑 The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan | GOODREADS |

HUMOUR

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen.pngSwindle (Swindle, #1)Lemons

👑 Chomp by Carl Hiaasen | GOODREADS |
👑 Swindle by Gordon Korman | GOODREADS |
👑 Lemons by Melissa Savage | GOODREADS |

REALISTIC FICTION / CONTEMPORARY

FrindleDustbin Baby

👑 Frindle by Andrew Clements | GOODREADS |
👑 Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson | GOODREADS |


📖 YOUNG ADULT 📖


FANTASY

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Exit Plans for Teenage FreaksEntwinedThese Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks, #1)

👑 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | GOODREADS |
👑 The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh | GOODREADS |
👑 Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers | GOODREADS |
👑 Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks by ‘Nathan Burgoine | GOODREADS |
👑 Entwined by Heather Dixon | GOODREADS |
👑 These Vicious Masks by Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker | GOODREADS |

THRILLER

Chain Letter (Chain Letter, #1)

👑 Chain Letter by Christopher Pike | GOODREADS |

SCIENCE FICTION

FeedIlluminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

👑 Feed by M.T. Anderson | GOODREADS |
👑 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | GOODREADS |
👑 Cinder by Marissa Meyer | GOODREADS |

MYSTERY

Dangerous GirlsThe Deceivers (Vale Hall, #1)All the Missing Girls

👑 Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas | GOODREADS |
👑 The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons | GOODREADS |
👑 All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda | GOODREADS |

REALISTIC FICTION / CONTEMPORARY

None of the AboveAsking For ItA Danger to Herself and OthersThe Hate U GiveYou Were HereStarry Eyes

👑 None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio | GOODREADS |
👑 Asking for It by Louise O’Neill | GOODREADS |
👑 A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel | GOODREADS |
👑 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | GOODREADS |
👑 You Were Here by Cory McCarthy | GOODREADS |
👑 Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett | GOODREADS |

HISTORICAL FICTION

Between Shades of GrayRomanovOut of the EasySpeak Easy, Speak Love

👑 Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys | GOODREADS |
👑 Romanov by Nadine Brandes | GOODREADS |
👑 Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys | GOODREADS |
👑 Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George | GOODREADS |

ROMANCE

Like Never and AlwaysMy Fair Godmother (My Fair Godmother, #1)The Summer I Became a Nerd (Nerd, #1)

👑 Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre | GOODREADS |
👑 My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison | GOODREADS |
👑 The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller | GOODREADS |


📖 ADULT 📖


CONTEMPORARY

The Undomestic Goddess

👑 The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella | GOODREADS |

MYSTERY

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleWhere They Found Her

👑 The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton | GOODREADS |
👑 Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight | GOODREADS |

ROMANCE

Boy Meets Girl (Boy, #2)

👑 Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot | GOODREADS |

FANTASY

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

👑 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab | GOODREADS |


📖 GRAPHIC NOVELS 📖


Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in TurkeyThe Prince and the DressmakerWires and Nerve (Wires and Nerve, #1)

👑 Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci |GR |
👑 The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang | GOODREADS |
👑 Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer | GOODREADS |


What do you think of our list? Do you spot any faves? Are you stuck in a rut, and do you think this might help you get out?

Still not finding a favourite? Glance at our ROYAL LIBRARY, a compilation of all books reviewed on this site split into genres.

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10 thoughts on “😍 Escape the Bad Book Blues 😍

  1. Jenn Bennett is always the answer. I have to say, I really enjoyed my first adult book by her too. Every time you guys mention The Summer I Became I Nerd, I remind myself that I need to read it.

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  2. Cress is one of my favourite retellings! Six of Crows is my THE FAVOURITE book! 🤗
    And I agree, it’s been hard to find those ‘I just read this and I’m dying’ type of books. I just read Strange the Dreamer, which fit the description, but it’s been hard finding such books. ❤️❤️❤️

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  3. This list was fabulous ladies!!! I am definitely looking into these books!!! And Mandy I am still so ashamed I haven’t read Speak Easy, Speak Love…I’m still debating whether I want to borrow it or buy it. Shed some light for me…is it a Rendz book?

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