Today’s post is based on Top Ten Tuesday at Broke and Bookish. I have for you ten books that will help you break your reading slump. These are books that have gotten me out of my own slumps, or that I just couldn’t put down! (Post contains affiliate links.)
1. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
This is, hands-down, the best book I’ve read this year. An actual review is coming soon, but this book will definitely take you out of a slump! I read it all in one sitting. It follows Juliet, a photographer, who has recently lost her mother. She writes letters to her mother and leaves them at her mother’s grave. Declan, a high school delinquent, finds one of the letters and responds. The following conversations and events create an amazing story.
2. Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram
This book is just plain adorable. It’s a pretty easy read and every time I even go to re-read a passage, I get sucked in and read basically the whole thing. The main character, Ella, is recovering from severe burns received due to a car accident. She has to deal with her father, stepmother, and stepsisters for the first time in her life, and it’s challenging. Her only solace is in her online blog and online pen-pal, Cinder.
3. What If by Randall Munroe
This is a super fun science book that takes crazy questions (“What would happen if you drained the ocean and put the water on Mars?”) and answers them with science. The author is as the creator of the web comic XKCD, and he once worked for NASA.
4. Talon by Julie Kagawa
Give this book two chapters, and you’ll be hooked. The female main character is a dragon in human form, assigned to learn how to assimilate with humans. The male main character is a dragon-slayer – a soldier who has been taught to kill first, ask questions never.
5. The Martian by Andy Weir
This may only pick you out of a slump if you are a logical-mathematical type person. I loved this story about a man who is accidentally left behind on Mars and must learn to survive with minimal supplies until he can be rescued. He has to face many obstacles you would never thing of on earth, and the stakes for everything are life or death.
6. Bad Connection by Melody Carlson
This is a Christian fiction novel that follows Samantha McGregor – a teen who gets visions. When she gets one of a person who has gone missing, she knows she needs to step in and help with the investigation. This is an intriguing mystery/crime novel.
7. Angelfall by Susan Ee
While I did only give this book three stars, it also kept me hooked from beginning to end. And then I did the same thing with the next book. And then the next. As a series, the books will keep you on edge, intrigued about the next action. The series follows Penryn as she navigates post-apocalyptic Earth, which has now been invaded by angels.
8. Crash by Lisa McMann
This is a super quick but intense read. It follows Jules – your average Italian high schooler, who works at her parent’s pizza shop, argues with her two siblings, and avoids her family’s rivals. Then she starts seeing a vision. There’s a crash, and then, lots of body bags. What does it mean? And what can she do about it?
9. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
This book is great for fans of Twilight. Jessica’s life has been pretty normal so far. And then an exchange student/vampire shows up and turns her life upside down.
10. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
This is an adorable young adult romance, and it’s my favorite in the Anna and the French Kiss series. (Lola… is second in the series, but it can easily be read out of order.) Lola is an eccentric designer with a passion for costumes, and Cricket is an inventor who lives next door, and who hasn’t been in Lola’s life for years. (It’s a romance, so I’m sure you can guess the rest. 🙂)
So that’s it! What books would you recommend to someone in a reading slump? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know!
I’m supposed to be reading the Angelfall series this year with my bookclub. I’m just a bum apparently, because I haven’t even started it.
It’s worth the read if you have a weekend to set aside for it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
A few of these are actually on my TBR right now, especially Letters to the Lost which I’ve heard so many good things about. Really great list! Here‘s mine, if you want to check it out 🙂
Loved your list! There are a lot of books on there I definitely need to read! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
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Oh my gosh, love this list! But what?? Where’s ILLUMINAE??? I’d argue it’s even better than LETTERS TO THE LOST. O.O
Illuminae would definitely be on this list! I just happened to write the list before I read the book. 😀
Next time, then. 😉
Happy to see you included Jessica’s Guide in this list. I read that book around when it was first published and I loved it! I even got to meet the author in high school. Definitely a great slump breaker. I have a lot of these other titles on my TBR list so I’m glad to see they’re getting recommended 🙂
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