The Books That Got Me Into Reading

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I used to read when I was a kid. But I got stuck in a reading slump for about two years, and I read only one book. At the end of 2020, I saw a lot of book suggestions on my TikTok for you page, but none of the books that I liked were translated. My mother tongue isn't English and there are very few books that are translated into Greek, by new, not classic authors. I was troubled by the fact that I might not be able to fully understand what the book said. Eventually, I took the risk, and now I identify myself as a bookworm. The books on the following list are fast-paced, short (with some medium exceptions), and easy to read. These helped me overcome my reading slump and become more interested in reading.

1)A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (duology) by Holly Jackson

TW: bullying, death, drug abuse, ed, and child abuse.

This book is for sure the best mystery book I have ever read! Five years ago, a girl was murdered by her boyfriend. Everyone, included the police, knows he did. The book follows a girl called Pipa Fitz-Amobi who chooses this case as her final project to discover who is the real killer of Andie Bell. And what if he is still out there? This book is the term of a page-turner thriller. It got me hooked, and I was unable to put it down. After you are done with AGGGTM, you can continue with the Good Girl, Bad Blood sequel. Pip was done with her detective years, working on a true-crime podcast. But when a friend of hers goes missing and the police does nothing about it, she jumps right back to the game, with the only difference is that now everyone is listening. This book is scarier than the first one but nothing too serious. I would rate this series 14+. Also, there is a third book dropping on the fifth of August called As Good As Dead.

2)We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

TW: none (except underage drinking) This book is indescribable.

There is romance (friends to lovers), mystery, LGBTQ+ representation, and more. It's about a girl who had a terrible accident and remembers nothing before it. But like every previous summer, she goes on vacation to her grandpa's private island. Something seems off there, but nobody tells her what happened before the accident. Will she discover the truth and how damaging would that be? You will particularly like this book if you enjoyed Outer Banks, because it also revolves around 4 teenagers. This is my favorite book, although I don't usually read this kind of books (until now I only read murder mysteries or thrillers). I read it in like 3 hours because I was unable to put it down. It has received a lot of hate on booktok for being overrated, but I think it deserves the hype. Furthermore, it has a unique writing style (more poetic) that may not be so likable to readers. I would rate this contemporary YA 13+.

3)One Of Us Is Lying (duology) by Karen M. McManus

TW: bullying, drug abuse, cheating, emotional abuse, bombing, alcohol abuse, and sexual assault.

5 students walked into detention but only 4 came out alive. Who did it? This is a murder mystery with a little bit of romance and a plot twist. It is inspired by The Breakfast Club, like completely different people ending up together but with a criminal twist. There is some romance but it is very little, so we can't consider this book as a romance one. Also, in this book there is LGBTQ+ representation as one of the main characters is gay. There is a sequel called One of Us Is Next, and it revolves around friends of the people from the first book and their siblings. Now there is a deadly game of truth or dare. Who would be out of it alive, and most importantly, who is behind all this? They were both pretty good, although I enjoyed the first one more because it had more suspense than the second one. I would rate this series 14+. There is going to be a third book soon(well not very soon) called One Of Us Is Back.

4)Behind Closed Doors By B.A. Paris

TW: upsetting physical and emotional abuse, death

This is the only one on this list that isn't actually young adult. It is about a married couple who does everything together, and are inseparable. But it seems like Grace has zero private life, and only communicates with Jack and with other people only when Jack is around. Is this true love, or just an act? It goes back and forth, from the present to the past, and tells the story of Jack and Grace. Although is not very short (it is about 300 pages long) it is extremely easy to read and will have you guessing from the first chapter. I wouldn't recommend this book if you don't have patience because it is a bit of a slow-burn mystery as it explains the story from different times. This is adult fiction, but I would rate it 15+.

5)13 Reasons Why By Jay Asher

TW: sexual assault, self-harm, suicide.

A girl kills herself out of the blue. No suicide note, no nothing. 2 weeks later, Clay receives a box of tapes with the reasons why Hannah killed herself. So, who “killed” Hannah Baker? This book is kinda inspiring, not in the way a lot of you are thinking right now, but it reminds you to not treat others like you don't care about them and how that can affect them. Despite the fact that the book touches real-life issues that teenagers face every day, it is not appropriate for everyone. There are also characters who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, others openly being gay, etc., and others who are still closeted. There's also a TV show called 13 Reasons Why which is based on the book on Netflix. I would rate this book 13+ (this isn't a young age. Everyone needs to be educated on those topics).

6)Two Can Keep A Secret By Karen M. McManus

TW: Bullying, death, child endangerment, emotional abuse, profanity.

This is another book by Karen M. McManus, which is about homecoming queens that went missing 5 years ago, in Echo Ridge. Ellery had just moved there and before school started someone started writing threats about repeating the thing that happened before those 5 years. How long will it take Ellery to find out the truth? And what if it is too late? This book is on another level of addiction. It is so underrated and deserves more hype. As soon as you take this book in your hands, you won't be able to live it down. It kept me up two continuous nights in order to finish it. It has some romance if that's what you thought, but nothing too much. I would rate this book 14+. There is another book by Karen M. McManus called The Cousins but is not that good and the other ones are better.

And that's it. This list, which mostly consists of murder mysteries, will help you jump back into reading again. I hope this is the beginning of your book addiction : )

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Valentine is a bookworm who loves her friends. She likes to binge-watch several tv shows and likes to read all kinds of books. She is also a synchronized swimmer and a ballet dancer.