Self-Care Sunday #3: My favorite books!

As another week comes to the end, we all look forward to the weekend to get some well-deserved alone time. Whether your week was action-packed or begrudgingly slow, you have the chance to kick back and relax.

But are you using your weekends to their maximum potential? Sunday’s offer a great opportunity for some self-care, but it is recommended to create a routine to utilize your time and maximize your personal care! Books are an amazing way to relax and restore your mind and soul and offer educational nourishment at the same time.

However, it’s hard to pick out good books! Nothing is more disappointing than starting something and not being able to read halfway through it. These are my recommendations for 3 different genres on what to read!

Disclaimer: These are just books that I love! They may not be to your liking. I encourage you to check the book out before you read to see if you will really like it!

Fantasy: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Price: $10.79 (Paperback, Barnes and Noble)

Throne of Glass is probably my favorite series of all time, hands down. The only other book/series that came close to making me feel the same as Throne of Glass was Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Sarah J. Maas is a gracious and enormously talented writer who truly takes you to another world as you read. Throughout the series, she crafts a fantasy world around the main character, Celaena Sardothien, who fights to become the king’s mercenary. But with a hidden past and challenges that reveal the key to unlocking her mysterious and dangerous destiny, she has a long road ahead of her.

This book is not only my favorite because of the writing and the world created, but at the fact that as the series goes on, (minor spoilers) it becomes almost a whole other story that just transforms Celaena’s story and character, as well as your love for her. Maas is an expert at heartwrenching plot twists and shocking surprises, and it only gets better (or worse, for your emotions) as the series progresses. There is truly no other piece of work like this.

Disclaimer! My favorite book in the series isn’t the Throne of Glass book, it is Queen of Shadows. Something about the allure and thrill in that book is something else! And you get to see more of a certain favorite relationship of mine. Highly recommend the whole series though!

Historical Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Price: $15.30 (Paperback, Barnes and Noble)

I am not the biggest fan of historical fiction, or anything realistic, as I prefer superficial worlds that I can be transported to and seem higher than Earthly authority. However, when I read All the Light We Cannot See, I was astonished. This is truly one of those novels that are so brilliant, they leave you speechless. Set in World War II Germany and Paris, a blind girl’s path crosses with a German boy who are both just trying to survive in the period of blood and war.

It is a hefty novel, so it will take longer to read, but once you get going in it you never want to start. Doerr’s sense of physical detail is astonishing, and he describes things so the minute you can literally see it when you can close your eyes. You can almost feel the things he is describing. Loaded with amazing detail, and an amazing story, novels don’t get better than this.

I rarely re-read books, but I’ve re-read this three times and it still takes my breath away.

Sci-Fi: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Price: $11.69 (Paperback, Barnes and Noble)

Let me preface this novel by saying this is a weird book. Like, seriously weird. I thought it was going to be a normal, YA Sci-Fi/fantasy novel that would have a mix of space, romance, mystery, and a good ending, but this is so much more than that. It is a fast-paced novel that will constantly leave you on the edge of your seat as you flip every illustrated page.

The story is told through instant messages, e-mails, official reports, and transcripts of video footage. The pages of the novel include random illustrations that accompany or elevate the suspension of the story. Through these various documents, the story of Kady and Ezra is told They escape from a planet that is attacked by a megacorporation, with the two characters ending up on opposite ships. Both are on the run from another ship, the one that attacked their planet and is trying to eliminate the last witnesses.

The series branches out in its own fashion, and it is one of the most interesting and stimulating books I have ever read. I can barely describe the uniqueness of this book. It is utterly amazing! The books are pretty loaded (about 600 pages in the first installment), but they are worth the read.

BUY THE PHYSICAL VERSION! The design makes it almost impossible to read on digital, and vastly takes away the impact of the book.

Thanks for reading my recommendations for books! Hopefully, these books can make a great addition to your shelf and your self-care Sunday. I definitely love them, so I hope you do too!

– Anj ♡

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