7 Books You NEED to Read *that left me speechless

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The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides: https://shop-links.co/1737631780358075098
One of Us is Lying – Karen McManus: https://shop-links.co/1737631909354205117
One of Us is Next – Karen McManus: https://shop-links.co/1737631927606804475
What if It’s Us – Adam Silvera: https://shop-links.co/1737631951343746914
More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera: https://shop-links.co/1737631975759265690
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Ava Jules says:

comment your current book recs!! 🍵🧚‍♀️

Shayna Frey says:

I just HAD to buy The Silent Patient after seeing this video; so I bought it 3 hours after watching this and…

I'm over halfway done-I COULDNT PUT IT DOWN. I'm literally hooked.

Mara says:

Some book recommendations:

Nonfiction– I only have one since I don’t read much of it, but that is The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman. For someone who doesn’t read a lot of non fiction, I literally read this book in a whole day and found it so mind blowing and fascinating. I’ll copy and paste the synopsis:

Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, your brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are “you”? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human? In the course of his investigations, Eagleman guides us through the world of extreme sports, criminal justice, facial expressions, genocide, brain surgery, gut feelings, robotics, and the search for immortality. Strap in for a whistle-stop tour into the inner cosmos. In the infinitely dense tangle of billions of brain cells and their trillions of connections, something emerges that you might not have expected to see in there: you.


contemporary romance– One I’d say is The Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. It’s an older series but sooo entertaining. They can all be read as standalone technically but it’s better to read it in order since characters from the previous books show up in the sequels. The romance trope in these books are enemies to lovers/opposites attract. The first book is Perfect Chemistry, I’ll give you the synopsis:

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created 'perfect' life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

Other good contemporary authors are Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, Amy Harmon, Colleen Hoover, Penelope Douglas, Elle Kennedy, etc.


Historical fiction (and there is a bit of romance but it doesn’t take over the plot): I would start with something shorter cause large historical fictions can be a bit intimidating. I’d say Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. Definitely an emotional read, taught me a part of history I didn’t know much about, which (and I’ll copy and paste from google) is about “the genocide of the Baltic people of Eastern Europe by the Soviet Union, one that is significantly less well known than the genocide of the Jews and other minorities in the Holocaust.” Here’s a synopsis of the book:

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously—and at great risk—documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.


Fantasy standalone– Definitely Stain by AG Howard. It’s inspired by an old fairy tale called the Princess and the Pea. Tbh it also reminds me of the little mermaid for a specific reason you’ll see in the synopsis. It’s also a standalone so if you’re just getting into fantasy, this will be a nice easy transition. Synopsis:

This high-fantasy gothic fairytale, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, takes place in an alternative medieval world split apart by magic. To win back her kingdom of perpetual day, save her night prince, and reunite the sun with the moon, a princess incapable of speech or sound must prove herself everything a traditional princess is not: tough enough to sleep on a bed of nails, and loud enough to be heard without a voice.


Fantasy series– The Folk of the air trilogy by Holly Black. The first book is called The Cruel Prince…I loved this trilogy so much. It’s has an enemies to lover romance, a great action packed plot, and a bada*s female main character. Synopsis:

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


Sci-fi– I feel like this genre isn’t the most popular but there’s sooo many good Sci-fi reads out there. One that comes to mind right away is The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman…the thing that stands out the most is the format of the series. It’s written in emails, files, medical reports, hacked documents, interviews, etc. So definitely unique but in the best way possible, and it’s not difficult to understand what’s going on at all. Also a good romance added in. The trope I’d say is second chance lovers, they were broken up but the events of the story brought them back together. The first book is called Illuminae. Synopsis:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra — who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.


Middle Grade– Contrary to what ppl might believe, there’s so many great middle grade books/series out there that adults read and love. I haven’t read many unfortunately but my favorite series has to be Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Such a fun, adventurous, wholesome series with amazing characters and friendships. He’s inspired by Greek Mythology, and you actually learn quite a lot about Greek mythology in a way that’s easy to understand. The first book is The Lightning Thief (there’s a movie adaptation too). Here’s the synopsis:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


Mystery/Thriller– Admittedly I don’t read much of this genre, BUT fortunately I read one book a while back that left me shocked at the end, and that book is Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. Since it’s a mystery novel I don’t wanna say a lot about it, so I’ll just give you the synopsis:

It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off on a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer, she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

Soooo sorry if that was a long list but those would be my recommendations for the most popular genres, hopefully you find something you like in this list! Welcome to the world of literature and reading, you’ll never go back after this😂❤️

itachisgf says:

Why are yall lying one of us is lying was sooo boring

Elena Montoya says:

if you want something to shake you to the core like silent patient, you gotta read verity by Colleen Hoover!

Emily Haustein says:

definitely "Firekeepers Daughter" by Angeline Boulley because of all the beautiful native american culture AND you totally get a feel for what its like to be so impermeably connected to both the family and the collective

frances says:

The family upstairs by Lisa Jewell so so good

Lili Gambill says:

I see you lol

Ashwati Biju says:

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland, it's amaaazing, and one of my all time favorites. I'm currently reading The Twisted Ones which is also pretty good. Home Before Dark By Riley Sager or any book by Riley Sager, they're really good!

Alisha Higbee says:

God I wanna read every single one of these

Pauline Stehle says:

read the girl on the train book!!! soooo good

Morcelle Morcelle says:

Based on your first and second recomendations, I'd definitly recommend The Girl In a Swing by Richard Adams.
A psychological thriller and one of my all time favourites, that really stuck with me.

user 1289 says:

Please please read the book a New Jim Crow- it talks about the criminal justice system and revolves around race. It is going to be different than everything you read currently, but super educational and honestly interesting!

Kealley Luna says:

Just finished “the truth about the Harry quebert affair” and it was had a backwards chapters set up too – cold case true crime with romance!

And for romance you have to read beach read and hating game!

kimkimi says:

I’m only a few pages into the silent patient but I’m already hooked!

Ané says:

A book you should definitely check out if you want something deep and twisted is The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. One of my all time favourites.

jenna pham says:

book recs:

– roomhate
– the song of achilles
– it ends with us


Nadya Beloslyudova says:

book recommendations from me: the alchemist, richest man in babylon, the count of monte cristo, anna karenina by leo tolstoy, the four agreements, a simple favor, etc…ask for more

VeroVlogs says:

It ends with us!

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M S says:

The upside of falling down by rebekah crane I think you will love due to the ripping out of the heart that I’m aware you love it’s about a girl who is in a plane crash and is trying to discover herself as she can’t remember anything. She runs away with a boy to start a new life it’s a real page Turner that I think you will love with a massive twist I couldn’t recommend it enough 💗

Anna Lopez Estrella says:

that twilight comment made me suscribe in that second

Amira Karakaya says:

Please read insomniacs

Daniela Sarotto says:

Since you liked "The Silent Patient" I think you're going to like Sebastian Fitzek's "Therapy". It's a little bit creepier than "The Silent Patient" so you'll definitely need the flashlight after. It's not horror though, just eerie and so good.

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