Seventeen Book Recommendations From A 17 Year Old!

Hello again honeybees! It’s my birthday and I wanted to write up a small post highlighting some of my favorite books of all time, so while this isn’t exactly a recommendations post, I hope you do find a book or two you can add to your TBR.

To keep this post from being way too long, I only gave a few words on each book along with a link to the synopsis on Goodreads (just tap on the picture). Okay? Okay. Let’s get into this.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Also known as my favorite book of all time. If you haven’t read it, please think about fixing that. That’s it. Just read it.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Do you like Jazz? I’m sorry, I had to. In all seriousness, this is my favorite classic and if you’re at all curious about the Roaring 20s or a story of lost love and corruption, pick it up.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I have yet to read a better coming out story, and if you have one drop it below. For now, my Oreo-loving self is going to grip tightly to Simon and never let go.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

My introduction to YA and the one book that always, without fail, makes me depressed. If you like books that make you cry and somehow haven’t picked this one up, please do.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Speaking of books that make you cry. I haven’t finished this one fight me but I got halfway through. What I can tell you about it is it has major trigger warnings for grief, and is one of (if not the) most emotional books I’ve ever read.

everyone’s an aliebn when ur a aliebn too by jonny sun

This small graphic novel of sorts is so freaking cute and I highly recommend it to everyone. I cried multiple times (because I’m that person) and was honestly so surprised by this gem that I bought on a whim at Target.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you’re one of the few people that have evaded the Tolkien frenzy, I feel you. Before this summer I had never read a Tolkien book. However, after reading this beautiful book full of adventure, character development, and dragons, I’m a huge fan.

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross

I recommend this one to any Beauty and the Beast fan! It’s hard to even get on my list of favorite retellings but this one hit number one. Told from the Beast’s perspective using lyrical prose, this retelling cannot be missed! (I do advise reading the trigger warnings first though)

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Okay, yes everyone has read this one. But it’s my birthday and I want to fangirl over my favorite vampire story. Team Edward forever.

G’morning, G’night by Lin-Manuel Miranda

This little book is adorable. It’s a collection of tweets/poems from Lin-Manuel Miranda and is one of the most motivating things I’ve ever read.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Another classic but this one isn’t talked about as much, but it should be. This one brought me to tears (a trend on this list) and is just the sweetest thing ever. I’m due for a reread so I can bawl my eyes out again. Seriously, a book has never made me sob as hard as this one.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

One of the best school readings out there. This novel is rich with friendships and character development, and I will forever hold a special place in my heart for Ponyboy and his gang.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

This one killed me. I don’t spoil the ending I’m so funny but this book is so emotional and full of messages on taking leaps of faith and living your best life right now. It sounds cliché, but this was anything but.

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

BAS on here twice? Yeah, I love him. This one makes my Latina heart happy and the family/friendships are so beautiful I could cry.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Three years later and this is still the best Alice In Wonderland retelling I’ve ever read. For someone who had very minimal interest and knowledge of Alice, this book entranced me and I fell in love with the writing, characters, and plot.

Unfiltered by Lily Collins

This book will always mean something special to me. I have never read a more accurate, more relatable recounting of eating disorders and I doubt I will. Lily is also amazing, and this was such a sweet yet potent memoir.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Wild Beauty screamed “home” to me from the first line and pushed me farther in until the end. I loved everything about the novel and miss it dearly. I hope that wasn’t too long and boring, or quick and superficial. When’s your birthday? What are some of your favorite books? Do we have any faves in common? Bye for now honeybees.

Thanks for reading! For more bookish content, follow me on Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter. See you in the next post. Love, Destiny

8 thoughts on “Seventeen Book Recommendations From A 17 Year Old!

  1. Nandika says:

    Happy Birthday!! 🎉 🎉

    I’m currently reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I’m so far around a third done and I am LOVING it!!


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