Thursday, September 7, 2017

Top 5 Recommendations: Favorite Books when I was a teenager

Hello readers,

when I was a teenager (like 12 years ago) there was little to no YA out there or it least nothing I was aware of. So you might wonder: What did she read back then?
Trust me there were actually really great books that I picked up as a teenager and today I will present you my five favorite novels that I read as a teenager.

1. On the road by Jack Kerouac

A novel based on the travels of Kerouac (the narrator Sal Paradise) and his friends across the United States. Full of Jazz, poetry and drug use it is a novel about the post war Beat Generation, with many of its key figures such as Allen Ginsberg.
I loved this read. I read it so fast and countless times as a teen. It always made me laugh and I always found new thinks that I found interesting.

2. The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

Was my first ever fantasy read and I loved it. The illustrations added so much and made it feel so real and like I was exploring the world of Zamonia myself.
Optimus Yarnspinner is a Lindworm, which is something like a dinosaur, who after inheriting his godfathers possessions, which included a perfectly written story by an unknown author, travels to Bookholm to find this unknown author. Bookholm is a city devoted to literature, labyrinthine catacombs housing many valuable books, among various monsters and perils. Once there Yarnspinner    gets directed by a publisher to Pfistomel Smyke, who possesses the most powerful books but who also plans to eradicate all forms of art in Zamonia. He drugs Yarnspinner and transfers him to the catacombs where the real journey starts.
Honestly, you have to read this!
It is a huge chunk of a book for me, but I read throug it in 2 sittings.
Let me know if you read it and what you thought of it.

3. Give a Boy a Gun by Morton Rhue

This is a book about a school shooting which I already talked about in my Hard Topics recommendations so I will link you to it here.

4. The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder

Is to me a beautiful love story. Where a father passes on a story about a girl who he saw at a tram, asking the son to solve the mystery of the girls identity.
It was just beautiful. Let's be honest I DNFed Sophie's World but I loved the Orange Girl. I re-read it a couple of times and it is a perfect novel to read in one sitting and it stuck with me for all those  years. If somebody asks me whats a short novel you would recommend, something more special and literary, I keep saying The Orange Girl.

5. The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

The well known bestselling thriller trilogy telling the story of Lisbeth Salander. I know there is new and fourth book out, haven't read it because to me the story ended with the third book.
We all know I love crimes and thrillers but these ones are clearly unique for me. I read all three books in 8 days and I can still remember details. The characters and plot are just excellent to me. The twists and turns and just how complex all of this is, you are just waiting that there is something left out but it really isn't.
It is obviously not the most recommendable read for teens but I would say 16+ works fine.

So this is it for today's recommended reads. Let me know your top 5 reads when you were a teen.
And I see you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

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