Last month I talked about 10 of the 20 books on my ‘favourite’ shelf on Goodreads. Today I wanted to share the rest of the books! In a surprising development, I actually read two books in August that I felt deserved to be on the shelf, so I am going to share them with you as well!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald– I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. It was sadder than I had anticipated and it affected me in a lot of ways. It is also beautifully written and so atmospheric. It is such a quotable book as well, and I love that!
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline– This book will always be special for me. It is the only book that my brother and I read at the same time, and it became an instant favourite for both of us. We have been looking forward to the movies for years now and I hope it lives up to my expectations!
The Immortal Rules/The entire Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa– I feel like this is an underrated series, and that many people just write it off because it is about vampires. It is such a dark and unique story, and I have such a connection to the characters.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– As readers of my blog now know, I love WWII fiction, and The Book Thief might be my favourite of the genre. If I think about it too much it just breaks my heart. The movie is also excellent.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel– I have talked about this so many times but I think this book is so beautiful. It has one of the best endings that I have ever read. It is very ambiguous and it is up to the reader to decide for themselves what they believed happened.
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck– Ah my favourite book of all time. I talk about this book so much that I will just spare you from having to read about me gushing about it again.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue– Atmospheric and truly unique. Emma Donoghue is a brilliant writer. It is slow paced and character-driven, and I have come to realize that those are the type of books that appeal to me the most.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk– I just read this book for the first time this year, and I have never seen the movie. I don’t know how this is possible but I have never been spoiled for the ending so I was completely surprised, and I loved it! I need to read everything that Chuck Palahniuk has ever written.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel– This is the series that I have to thank for introducing me the SciFi! It is uniquely told and truly engaging. I think I might have liked the second book, Waking Gods, even more. I can not wait for the next book!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid– Evelyn Hugo is one of my favourite characters ever! She is flawed and selfish, but she recognizes her faults. I loved reading about her life story, and it felt like I was actually reading about a real person.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson– I can not say that Jandy Nelson is one of my favourite authors. What she does with words is truly magical! Her characters seem so real that I don’t think I have ever been so invested in a fictional character’s life before.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman– Ove is just the best! I love him! This is such a heartwarming and charming story. It had me laughing through tears, which is definitely a first!
That is it! All of my favourite books! I would love if you sent me a friend request on goodreads! I love seeing what other people are reading. Have you read any of my favourites? What did you think?
25 thoughts on “My Goodreads ‘Favourite’ Shelf (Part 2)”
That is a shelf full of wonderful books! I’m such a Gatsby fan too. ☺️
Thank you! I adore Gatsby! I always loving hearing when others love it too!
The only book on your list that I’ve read is The Great Gatsby (which I agree is amazing). I really want to read the Book Thief though… it’s been on my TBR for so long and I need to just get a copy and read it already!!!
The Book Thief is fantastic! It might be hard to get in to at first but it is so worth it!
I haven’t made a favourites list yet, but when I do Ready Player One and Fight Club will definitely be included! (and possibly the Book Thief, but I just bought it and haven’t read it yet)
Are you nervous for the Ready Player One movie like I am?
I was so blown away by Fight Club. I was thinking about buying another book of his today!
YES! I am nervous. I’m trying really hard to stay cautiously optimistic.
If I could recommend another Pahlaniuk, I would say try ‘Choke’. Really different, but really, really good.
I am trying to remain optimistic as well!
Thanks for the recommendation! Going to look for that tonight!
wow, so many great books!! 🤗 i still have some of those on my tbr! i really want to read “ready player one” and “sleeping giants” 🤗
and hell yeah, ove!!! 😍😍😍
Ready Player One is so fun! I am nervous and excited for the movie!
Sleeping Giants is so unique!
I’ve only read Sleeping Giants from this list.
Love them all! Would love to see what is on your favourites list as well!
Life of Pi and Fight Club are two of my favourites too! They’re so different, but they’re both so good in their own respects. Ready Player One is at the top of my TBR!
Life of Pi and Fight Club have two of the greatest endings of all time in my opinion!
I think you’ll love Ready Player One!
There are some great books here. The Book Thief is amazing. I haven’t read The Life of Pi yet, but I want to.
Life of Pi is such a special book. I hope you love it!
That is a lovely list of favorite books. I think I’m due to rearrange my Goodreads favorite list very soon. I’ve been reading some amazing books the past couple years.
Thank you! I would love to see the books on your favourite list!!
I will see about writing up a post once I’ve reorganized my favorites list then. 🙂
The Book Thief! It definitely deserves its place on your favorites shelf.😉I’ve been wanting to read the Great Gatsby for a while now! This inspired me to get onto that.
Oh yay! I hope you love The Great Gatsby!!!
Great Gatsby was my first book I shelved into favourites 😀 Good choices!
Oh this is such a lovely list here, Kristin! I LOVE I’ll Give You The Sun, it is one of my favorite books ever just as well. Jandy Nelson is such a talented writer, I fell in love with her words and characters with this book. Did you read The Sky is Everywhere as well? This book just BROKE my heart ahah, but I loved it! 🙂
I haven’t read it yet! I know it is going to be heartbreaking and I am not prepared! I will definitely read it soon though. I know it will be another favourite. She’s so talented!!
I can’t WAIT for you to read it, I hope you’ll love it. It is heartbreaking, but…in a way, we love it when books break our hearts? I know I do 😂