My All-Time Favorite Books

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If you’ve read my last post, you probably know that I’ve decided to start blogging about books in addition to bullet journaling and crafts! I thought that sharing my favorite books would be a great way to formally introduce myself as a reader.

My all-time favorite books list is 16 books long (at the moment) and is listed in no particular order. I’ve included notes about the books and why I love them under the pictures. Here goes!

The Penderwicks

by Jeanne Birdsall

  • genre: childrens/middle grade, realistic fiction
  • I know I said the books were in no particular order but I wanted to put this one first
  • adorable story about four sisters who go with their father to live in a cottage on an estate for the summer
  • I’ve reread The Penderwicks like a million times, as you can probably tell from how worn my copy is—it never gets old
  • fun story, relatable characters, themes about family and friendship
  • great read for all ages—my mom first read this to me when I was around six or seven, and I still love it now as a teenager

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Harry Potter series

by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • genre: middle grade, fantasy
  • do I even need to explain?
  • I mean, it’s harry potter.

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Anne of Green Gables

by L.M. Montgomery

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  • genre: childrens, historical fiction, classics
  • a spunky, redheaded orphan is accidentally sent to live with siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on Prince Edward Island

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by Marissa Meyer

  • genre: young adult, sci-fi, dystopian
  • futuristic retelling of cinderella where cinderella is a cyborg mechanic
  • the other books in the series (the Lunar Chronicles) are really good too!
  • great world building
  • Cinder is an awesome main character

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games
  • genre: young adult, dystopian
  • a ya classic
  • first book in a trilogy
  • set in Panem, future North America, where each of the twelve districts is forced to send two teenagers to compete in a competition where only one comes out alive
  • badass female main character who is complex and interesting to read about
  • I had a very long Hunger Games-obsessed phase

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The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

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  • genre: young adult, realistic fiction, contemporary
  • AMAZING book
  • so well-written and incredibly important
  • main character is with her childhood best friend when he is shot and killed by a police officer
  • must-read for all teens and adults

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The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
  • genre: young adult, historical fiction
  • in WW2 Germany, main character Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement
  • SO GOOD!
  • I couldn’t stop reading
  • themes about how awesome books are which I love!
  • narrated by death, which is super interesting/original…a little hard to get used to, but ultimately, I loved it
  • SO SO GOOD! (wait didn’t I already say that?…)

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Half a World Away

by Cynthia Kadohata

Half a World Away
  • genre: middle grade, realistic fiction
  • mc is a tween boy who was adopted from Romania and thinks he is an “epic fail”
  • beautiful book about love, adoption, and family
  • I cried SO much

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Keeper of the Lost Cities

by Shannon Messenger

Keeper of the Lost Cities
  • genre: middle grade, fantasy
  • magic! mystery! adventure! what more could you want in a middle grade fantasy novel?
  • great characters
  • super hard to put down
  • definitely recommend to readers of both middle grade and young adult! (there seems to be some disagreement as to how to categorize it)
  • I really enjoyed the entire series (there are five books so far) and I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Ruby Redfort series

by Lauren Child

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  • middle grade, mystery, action
  • a kid genius is recruited for a top-secret spy organization
  • super fun to read

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository


by R.J. Palacio

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  • genre: middle grade, realistic fiction
  • a favorite amongst middle grade readers
  • mc is a boy named Auggie who has a severe facial deformity
  • Auggie has been homeschooled his whole life, but his parents decide to send him to a private school for fifth grade
  • wonderful story!

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by Rachel Hartman

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  • genre: young adult, fantasy
  • awesome fantasy book with (yay!) dragons!
  • highly recommend (I mean, obviously, if I didn’t, it wouldn’t be on this list)

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • genre: young adult, fantasy, historical fiction
  • kind of creepy and weird, but in a cool, original way
  • incorporates vintage photographs, which is super awesome
  • I really liked the characters and the story!
  • the premise: after Jacobs’s grandfather dies, he visits the island where he spent his childhood in hopes of finding some closure; however, he finds some pretty weird, unexpected stuff there instead

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

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  • genre: middle grade, fantasy, mythology
  • a modern classic in the middle grade fantasy genre
  • such a fun, unique book (well, it was unique when it was written; now there are like a bajillion spinoffs with the exact same premise but whatever, the books are still fun to read)
  • I remember thinking this book was the most hilarious thing ever when I read it (I was seven or eight the first time I read the Percy Jackson books)
  • about a kid who finds out he’s the son of a god (the book is based in Greek mythology) and is sent to Camp Half-Blood, a camp for demigods
  • great for reluctant readers—my younger brother liked it when he was going through a phase when he only wanted to read sports books (yes, my family owns basically every Matt Christopher book in existence, and there are a LOT)

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I’ll Give You the Sun

by Jandy Nelson

  • genre: young adult, realistic fiction
  • this book is about family and art and love
  • it’s so sad and complex and beautiful
  • also one of the main characters (there are two) is gay and #weneeddiversebooks
  • it’s about a pair of twins and they are such good characters
  • they alternate chapters and Jude’s chapters are when they’re older (16 I think?) and Noah’s chapters are when they’re younger (13 or 14)

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The Giver

by Lois Lowry

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  • genre: young adult, dystopian
  • Jonas lives in a world where everything is perfect; however, when he is tasked with being the “receiver of memory,” he finds that not everything is as it seems
  • another ya dystopian classic
  • fyi the movie is super different and you should read the book first

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And those are my 16 favorite books! Did you see any of your favorites on my list? Are there any that you want to check out after reading about them? Let’s chat in the comments! ↓


♥ Annie

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8 thoughts on “My All-Time Favorite Books

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  7. I like this list! I’m so ashamed to admit that I haven’t read any of them 😦

    but I added some to my never-ending tbr list) such as Giver and Penderwicks 🙂


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