With the new year we’re all trying to improve ourselves and what better way to do that than with books. Note I haven’t actually read any of these books, but they are books I plan to read.Here are ten books that are great to read for self improvement.
Monthly recommendations is a goodreads group hosted by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. This month’s theme is monster mash in honor of Halloween so I will be recommending books with paranormal creatures. I have to admit that I kind of had a difficult time with this one despite the amount of fantasy novels that I read so I’m only going to list a few.
Trylle Trilogy – Troll
The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking is a fantasy novel about changelings and troll communities. This, like most of the others on my list, are good options for people who don’t like scary novels. This novel is a romance and is great for a heartwarming read.
Halo – Angels and Demons
The Halo series by Alexandra Adornetto features angels sent to Earth in order to stop demons. Although this novel has a love story, it also has elements of mystery as you try to determine the identity of the demon. There are some creepy elements, however this series remains mainly happy and uplifting.
Replica – Clones and Technology
Replica by Jenna Black is a sci-fi which contains clones and some other scary technological developments. This book isn’t dark at all, but it is highly enjoyable. The characters are both so well developed and I love the idea of the story. There is some really interesting things going on under the surface of this series and I liked how the LGBT+ characters where an integral part of the story and had an impact on the story.
Throne of Glass – Witches and Demons
The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas has a selection of demons in it but I want to focus on the witches which are so great. They are dark and cruel, yet still well rounded characters. They aren’t human and don’t act like they are, their culture is so different. However they don’t really show up until a few books into the series.
This is a new post type that I am going to try so let me know if you like it. Like many of you I have just finished reading Empire of Storms, the most recent book in the Throne of Glass series. I am missing the feel of the series, so I thought I’d recommend some books that remind me of the Throne of Glass series in hopes that they will help you feel better. These books all include a fantastical high fantasy adventure with a lot of really strong characters and a heap of magic, demons and otherworldly influence. Enjoy.
Monthly recommendations is a goodreads group hosted by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. This is going to be my first time participating, and luckily this month is a mash up of all their previous topics due to the one year celebration of the group. As always I have tried to include a range of less popular books that I would recommend reading. Without further ado, let’s begin.
The Glass Demon by Helen Grant
This book is a mysterious supernatural thriller that I picked up at a library. On goodreads it is rated 3.5 and has only 1100 reviews in total. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a psychological thriller with a mystery.
Book set in school
H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden
This book is set in a school for villains in training, there are so many heists and plots and challenges. It reminds me of Harry Potter in the amount of drama that happens there, but the kids are so amazing and talented.
Pretty Girl by J C Burke
If you want a book with unexplained murder, kidnapping and college drama then this is the book for you. I read this with some of my friends and we all found it chilling. It was fast moving and stayed with me for years after I read it, although that might just be the inside jokes I had with my friends.
The Paladin Prophecy series by Mark Frost
I haven’t read the whole series but the first book was amazing, and the second one was pretty good. The characters are life like and the settings are amazing. The second book didn’t feel like much of a slump and was a necessary part of expanding the world.
Book others should read before the end of the year
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I have heard amazing things about her other books, but this is the only one that I have read. I would highly recommend it. The world was real and fantastical, it was a stand alone that didn’t take much time to read. However the characters wants and the life lessons they learnt have stuck with me since I read it.
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
I have been following this series since the second book was released three years ago which for me is a long time. This book might be aimed more at middle grade kids and it remains light throughout the series despite the dark plot twists, murders and kidnappings. I think this series will become a staple fantasy novel in the years to come.
(my full review here)
Book with little or no romance
The Novice by Taran Matharu
This book doesn’t need romance to be great. There is an abundance of teenage characters of both the male and female gender but at the completion of the first book there was no hint of romance. I have high hopes for the rest of the series.
(my full review here)
Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
I read this at the end of last year and I cried at the end. It is an amazing stand alone by an Australia author who is really good at evoking emotions. The plot leaves you not sure whether it was real or not, but in a good way. It doesn’t take too long to read so you should go do that right now.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This book, and the sequel, are very much so what I think of when asked about survival stories. They aren’t set in the wilderness or on some strange planet, instead these books are set in WW2. Not everyone survives these books, making the situation all the more real, and I learnt much about what happened during those years from reading these books. The story is told in an easy to read way and teaches of the life of women in WW2.
Time Riders by Alex Scarrow
The friendship between Liam, Maddy and Sal is great. Despite hardly knowing each other situations soon require them to trust each other, and their skills perfectly compliment each other. They manage to joke around together despite the often dangerous circumstances and are always able to trust that the others have their back. I wish I had friends like this, but then again I doubt I would ever know unless I ran into a situation where I would need to trust others with my life so maybe not.
Set outside of the US
This was by far the hardest category to fill because I wanted to pick something actually set in the real world as opposed to a fantasy one. I finally settled on:
A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French
This novel is set in Australia, where I am from and I read it when I was younger. It embodies not only the place Australia but also the culture. A great way to get a taste of the land.
Empowering female character
Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
I have been following this series since I was in year five, and the last book just came out (no spoilers please I have to do a full series reread before I read it). Elspeth Gordie has been a constant role model for me in the past five years of my life, from ages ten to fifteen which are quite impressionable years. Elspeth has romantic interests, but they don’t dominate her life. She stays strong through so many situations where it seems like there is no hope including the loss of many friends and a secret that she has to bear alone. Her strength has impacted me and how I view the world, and for that I am thankful.