Hey everyone! I’m so excited for today’s blog post because it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post about books ( which doesn’t really make sense as I love to read, but okay ) and it’s a collab with one of my dearest blogger friends, Manasa of Sincerely, Manasa blog.
We’re both doing blog posts about our favourite books, our thoughts about them, books you should check out if you liked reading them, books that we want to read, and more!
Since it’s going to be quite a lengthy post, I’ll start off with my book recommendations, my thoughts, and books you should read if you liked them!
Francine’s Thoughts and Book Recs!
The Selection Series
Arguably my most-talked about book series, this is my #1 recommendation to anyone. It’s my favourite book series and I always keep coming back to read it. It’s about 35 girls vying for the Prince of Illea’s heart and earning the chance of becoming Princess. There’s nothing I dislike about it at all, except a few details such as characters but America’s story flows so well among the first three books while the last two follow her daughter Eadlyn. I give this series a huge 10/10. I particularly enjoyed reading The One ( lots of tears are often shed when I read it! ). You can check out my book review of the first book here.
Hopefully, Netflix can do the series justice in their movie adaptation or else I’ll be ready to dig my own grave.
A series similar to The Selection Series is the Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard. I read the first book and it’s got an interesting storyline. I highly recommend checking it out!
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
I liked the books. It’s got a great storyline with amazing characters. It’s about a girl named Lara Jean who writes love letters to every boy she’s ever loved and somehow her letters got out. I’m still team John Ambrose through and through, I actually dislike Peter ( book fans will know ). The movies… not so much. I didn’t like the movies as much as the books, so much so that I stopped watching the sequel 25 minutes in. Yeah, I’m one of those people who prefer books to the movies but what can I say? They completely did the characters dirty in the movies ( it made me dislike Peter all the more… sorry Noah Centineo ). I rate the books 10/10 but the movies, 2/10. Out of the three books, Always and Forever, Lara Jean is my favourite.
They completely skimmed over some details in the books that should’ve been in the movies and the sequel ( from the trailer since I didn’t watch it through ) appeared to have completely rushed through to the 3rd book. Not nice and it wasn’t interesting enough to keep me watching.
A book to read if you loved the TATBILB series is The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. It follows the same storyline as the fake dating subplot in TATBILB!
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
I love the Hunger Games as much as the typical book nerd, the movies were actually good ( I know, I know, I’m sorry!! ). This book is fairly thick and I’m not even halfway through but so far I really like the storyline. It follows President Snow ( called Coriolanus in this book ) as a mentor in the 10th annual Hunger Games. There are new characters that are introduced and it really made me see President Snow in a different light than the version I’m typically familiar with. I guess this is some kind of prequel?? I rate this book 9/10 so far, pretty slow storyline in my opinion though.
If this gets a movie adaptation, I’m kind of looking forward to seeing who’d they cast as Coriolanus. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson did a great job playing Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, respectively. I’m pretty sure that this is the only series I like as movies so far.
A series to read if you enjoyed TBOSAS/The Hunger Games is the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. It’s an interesting series and I really enjoyed reading the first book for school.
Another one of my favourite books! I usually read this during the Summer as it really reminds of the season ( I mean, mermaids?! ). It’s about a girl named Kahlen, a Siren, who falls in love with a human boy. I really like the story and Kahlen is a pretty good protagonist. The story flows so well along the course of the book and it wasn’t too long nor too short. I rate this book 10/10, it’s pretty good.
It reminds me a lot of The Little Mermaid in a way though.
A series to check out if you liked The Siren is the Syrena Legacy Series by Anna Banks. It deals with mermaids and love, much like The Siren.
I pretty much read this when I was in Junior High, especially when I started blogging. It’s a nice, lighthearted series with typical teenage drama about a girl named Penny who has a blog called Girl Online. There was nothing I particularly disliked about these books, just that some of the characters were pretty basic and flat in my opinion. Some of them were very stereotypical and there was nothing that made them stand out to me. I’ve yet to pick up the 2nd book, but it’s always never there in bookstores. I have read the 1st and 3rd books and I enjoyed reading them.
Personally, it’s a good series for tween/early teenage audiences. If you’re an older teen, you’ll probably think that this is more targeted to younger audiences.
A book to read if you enjoyed the Girl Online series is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It’s set in modern times as well as a teenager’s life!
For the second part of this blog post, I’ll be sharing a few books that I would really want to read and have been on my wishlist for a while.
Books I Want To Read!
Reflection: A Twisted Tale by Elizabeth Lim
Okay, I know what you’re thinking, ” A Disney book? Isn’t that for children?! “. Well, actually, the Twisted Tale Series takes your average Disney fairytale and adds a dark spin to it. I’ve been an avid Mulan fan ever since I was little, so I’m very interested in this book. I read the summary and it hooked me in. I can’t find it in bookstores ( literally any Indigo, Chapters, or Coles ) in my city, so I ordered it online and I’m picking it up at my local bookstore sometime!
The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar
I’ve been intrigued by historical fiction books for quite some time and this one had caught my eye. I really like books with strong female leads and the summary just drew me in. Also, it’s about female pilots during WWII, which intrigued me as I’ve never heard of them before. If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen a story in which I posted a snap of this book along with Lilac Girls as a recent purchase!
The Betrothed by Kiera Cass
This shouldn’t be a surprise since I love Kiera Cass and The Selection Series ( obviously ). I really like stories involving royalty, love, and relationship drama ( which is kinda weird?? ). Anyways, I’m pretty excited to get my hands on this book sometime as soon as I can go to the bookstore!
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
One of my goals is to read books a bit out of my comfort zone as I usually like to read fantasy and dystopian YA novels most of the time. It’s more of a modern, contemporary YA book ( I think ). I did a bit of looking around and I really liked the synopsis of this book. Lots of bookstagrammers say lots of positive things about this book, so I’m wondering if it’s worth the hype.
That is all for today’s blog post! I hoped you enjoyed reading my thoughts on some of my favourite books and book recommendations! If you’ve read any of the books on my TBR list, please let me know what you think of them. Of course there are more books, but if I listed them all this blog post would go on forever! Please make sure to check out Manasa’s blog post for the second half of the collab, she’s such a sweet girl and one of my best blogger friends. Also, give her Instagram a follow too, I love her feed!
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