Sunflowers, Letters, and Poetic Wisdom: My Reading List

Bonjour mes amies! Ever since I was young, I have been an avid reader of all sorts. I’d read the back of the cereal box while I ate breakfast and all the road signs while I sat in the back seat of my parent’s car. Today, when I’m not busy with friends, school, or extracurriculars, I love to sit down near a window and read to my heart’s content. I know that not everyone loves to read, but I hope that bookworms and non-readers alike will find something on this list that interests them.

Fiction

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han- a sweet teenage love story that took the world by storm after it was made into a Netflix movie. The characters are relatable and the storyline is heartwarming.
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- a futuristic series about a mechanic/ lunar princess named Cinder, a prince named Kai, a fierce red-head named Scarlet, a daring heartthrob named Thorne, and a sweet hacker named Cress. This series deserves so much more attention than it has received (It was so good I read the entire series in a week during the summer).
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass- Another dystopian novel, this book is captivating as you follow America’s journey from a low caste to the palace.
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling- This is a classic and well-known series, but this list wouldn’t be complete without it.
  • All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis- This book will make you reevaluate our society and the corporate system. It takes place in the future where all words and gestures have a copyright, and when one girl chooses to remain silent instead of pay to speak, she starts a movement that she never could have imagined.

Non-Fiction

  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai- This book is unsettling and inspiring. It makes you reevaluate everything you thought you knew about Pakistan and the Taliban.
  • Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton- One of my all-time favorites, this book is inspiring and motivating. Bethany Hamilton takes you along her journey of rediscovery and faith as she recovers from a shark attack.
  • Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe by Jane Goodall- This book captures the journey of Jane Goodall, an English primatologist and anthropologist, with beautiful pictures, amazing stories, and important messages.

Advice and Poetry

  • the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur- If you’ve never read poetry before, start with this book. Kaur’s loving pictures and honest poetry will captivate you and make you think.
  • Heart Talk by Cleo Wade- I keep this book by my bedside, as a source of inspiration and motivation. Wade’s messages are empowering and a replenishing source of positivity.

Magazines

  • Flow- “A magazine for paper lovers” The most beautiful and aesthetic magazine you will ever lay your eyes upon with unique stories and beautiful imagery. (Check out pictures on my Instagram)
  • National Geographic- A well-renowned magazine with stories that will take you on a journey.

I hope this reading list inspired you to take a look back at your bookshelf and pick up something to read on this lovely fall day. Although all these books and magazines are in print, don’t forget that there is a whole array of literature that can be found online. Of course, I prefer the soft warmth of a real book, but sometimes I enjoy a good Wikipedia read and I learn a lot about topics that I never considered before. Blogs are a great form of reading as well, but I may be a bit biased on that one 😉

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time!

QOTD: What is your favorite book?

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24 thoughts on “Sunflowers, Letters, and Poetic Wisdom: My Reading List”

  1. Thanks for sharing such a lovely collection of books to read. Reading truly opens our mind’s eye enabling us to see & witness a world of magic. My favourite book is The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. According to your convenience please do read some of my writings would love to know what you think about them. 🙂

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  2. Reading is one my favourite hobbies too! A novel that I can’t stop thinking about is Atonement by Ian McEwan and I’ve just posted a review on my blog to explain why I love it so much (check it out if you would like!). I was just out shopping and spotted ‘flow’ on a shelf of magazines. I’m really disappointed I didn’t purchase it now! I saw you read Rupi Kaur. Have you read any other poetry? You might like Shivanee Ramlochan- she’s a new emerging poet from the Caribbean who writes such beautiful, shocking poetry that she takes my breath away. Her new book is called ‘Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting’. Let me know if you check it out!

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  3. This was a lovely post~
    I really loved the reccomendation about Jane Goodall: I had no idea a book about her could exist, I must check it out and read it the soonest I can 😍
    Talking about my favourite book, I’d like to cheat and mention two titles: “Diary of a young girl” by Anne Frank (I read it when I was 12 and it changed my life) and “The Shadow of The Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafòn 😄

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  4. I love To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Lunar Chronicles! All of the others are great suggestions- I’ve been looking for some magazines to subscribe to, so I’ll definitely check out your suggestions! ❤

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  5. Brooke, these tips are great! I love to read when I know I have time to finish a book. Otherwise I don’t have the patience to it. But I’ve nearly read all of these books and I they’re all so good! I especially like Malala’s book. It’s so inspiring.Xx

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  6. Lovely post, Brooke! Reading has always been my main hobby. I’ve read the majority of these books, and they’re all great choices! Love how you edited the graphics as well.

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