I've been a biiiiig reader since about as long as I can remember. My earliest memory is laying on my couch at six years old forcing my mum to read Junie B. Jones books with me so that she could help me when I got stuck on any big words. Ever since then, I was hooked.
So hooked that I have terrible eye sight because of books. When I was younger, I would not go to sleep when I was told to, and since I was being sneaky and din't put the lights on, I strained my eyes from reading in the dark, and now here I am blind as bat, but still loving books.
I will admit, college caused a break in my relationship with books. There was so much reading for classes, writing papers, and studying that I rarely had the time to just sit down and read for pleasure. There were a few phases where I had the time, but I definitely didn't read as much as I would have liked. I went to Rutgers University, and if you know the campus you have to take a bus to the different campuses. My freshman year and sophomore year I lived on Busch Campus and took a 20 min (which should have been seven minutes, thank you Rt 18 traffic) bus ride to get to College Ave Campus. I was usually there all day and commuting during rush hour, so I read a few books here and there, but never had the chance to devote a good amount of time to reading, like I normally would.
Now that I am officially done with school, and my only commitment is working my normal 9-5, I have A LOT of books to catch up on.
I've compiled a list of books that are on my personal reading list (and it will continue to grow), along with any books that I've read in the past that I recommend, and also any books with a little star next to them are my personal favs that I HIGHLY recommend.
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith* (my all time favourite book)
I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb
Trick Mirror, Jia Tolentino
Killing Commendatore, Haruki Marukami
Hippie, Paulo Coelho
Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho*
A Place for Us, Fatima Farheen Mirza
Trespassing, Uzma Aslam Khari
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
Where She Went, Gayle Forman (sequel to If I Stay)
Never Let Me Go, Kazulo Ishiguro
The House I First Believed, Wally Lamb
The Zahir, Paulo Coelho
The Bookseller of Kabul, Asne Seierstad
My Friend Anna, Rachel Williams
Recovering from Reality, Alexis Neiers (for all my Pretty Wild fans)
Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech*
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle*
Truly, Madly, Guilty, Liane Moriarty*
I'll Take You There, Wally Lamb
The Burn Journals, Bruny Runyon*
Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs*
Eleven Minutes, Paulo Coelho*
The Fifth Mountain, Paulo Coelho
Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn*
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
Dark Places, Gillian Flynn*
We Are Water, Wally Lamb
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
Before We Were Strangers, Renee Carlino
Normal People, Sally Rooney
You're Not Special, Meghan Rienks
Adultery, Paulo Coelho*
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Silent Wife, A.S.A. Harrison
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn*
If you have any book recommendations PLEASE comment them below, or DM me or contact me anyway you want. I am always looking to build this list and will continue to update this list as time goes on, so feel free to come back and visit this for more recommendations in the future!