Books I recommend that aren’t the three I’m constantly screaming about (but a shoutout to them, too)


I am unable to tell whether I just feel like I have no time, or I actually don’t. Just kidding, I totally am able to tell. Mainly the decision depends on whether you think that “reading” and “staying up to date with approximately one dozen podcasts” and “watching ghost hunting videos on YouTube” are actually things that can fill up my time in a way unavoidable enough that I can call myself busy.

I think the answer to that is obvious. I’m clearly busy as hell.

I’ve just been…in a bit of a blogging slump I guess? I just don’t feel like I want to write or have anything to write, and if I did or were I to then it would have to be for the seven to nine page paper I have due on Tuesday.

I just cranked out two (2) pages of bullet-point outline on it, though, so who’s really not prioritizing correctly???

Me. Still me.

Anyway. I’ve decided the only reasonable thing (jk, the only reasonable thing is to continue taking this unplanned blog hiatus in order to write that paper, BUT I REFUSE) is to write a post that can be as long or as short as I want.

It will probably be long. When have I ever been concise.


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Lately, I’ve gotten surprisingly into talking about books I like. I say “surprisingly” for several reasons.

  1. I have founded my personal brand on negativity.
  2. I love writing negative reviews.
  3. Writing reviews of books I love has always been the hardest worst thing in the world and I hate it and I’m bad at it.

But also in the last few months…I’ve gotten really sick of disliking books???

Oddly enough, I used to not mind it. 2.7 average rating for 2017 just rolled off the ol’ back while it was happening, but then seeing that decimal threw me off.


I want to like books again.

Also I only ever talk about the same handful of recommendations all the time, so I want to give recommendations for the amazin’ books I nevereverever talk about through no fault of their own.

These will all be pre-2018 reads, and probably mostly pre-2017. If you want yearly five star wrap-ups, here they are!!

2018 (so far) | 2017 | 2016

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everything Jane Austen has ever written

Okay. Specifically Persuasion and Northanger Abbey and Pride & Prejudice. Not so much Sense & Sensibility or the ones I haven’t read yet. But still. This blog is like one bad day away from becoming a Jane Austen fan account.

The Great Gatsby

WE GET IT, EMMA. YOU LIKE DAISY AND THINKS SHE GETS A BAD RAP. Shut up about it for a second. God.


I’ll Give You the Sun

This one is weird, because, like, I could talk about it every day and it wouldn’t be enough? Because it’s the greatest contemporary of all time? But I have a sneaking suspicion that I talk about I’ll Give You the Sun pretty much on the reg.


Ready Player One

Considering my review of this is 64.5 percent me complaining, it’s wild that I talk about this book so much. I’m going to call it impressive, actually.


Blue Lily, Lily Blue

The Raven Boys: sure. The Dream Thieves: no, thank you. Blue Lily, Lily Blue: YES YES A THOUSAND TIMES YES AND I WILL MENTION IT EVERY OTHER POST FOR THE REST OF TIME THANK YOU.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This doesn’t even bear mentioning. I am actively thinking about this book constantly, and everything I think is immediately posted on this blog without filtering.

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Okay, “love.” These are five star ratings, after all.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

I don’t know if it’s that I don’t talk about this series so much as I could never in a million years talk about this series enough, even if I talked about it every day for the rest of my life.


The Mysterious Benedict Society

I’ve been talking about this more lately as I continue to berate all of you about how much I love middle grade, but: I LOVE THIS SERIES. I LOVE MIDDLE GRADE. Catch me and May rereading this, coming to blogs near you soon.


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close & Everything is Illuminated

Non-young adult literary fiction doesn’t seem to fit the incredibly specific #self-brand I have set here. BUT MAN OH MAN DO I LOVE IT.


everything Roald Dahl has ever written

I love children’s books. I love weird books. I love illustrations. I don’t know what else I have to say.



Speaking of amazing contemporaries I could never ever ever talk about enough. (This is a reference to much, much earlier when we were talking about that.) (And by “we were” I mean “I was.”) (And by “talking” I mean writing.) (Cool cool cool.)


All the Light We Cannot See

I used to think my literal favorite genre was historical fiction because of this book, and then I realized oh wait no I actually just only like this book a whole lot.



A ragtag couple of diverse pals who are also villains and this is also a graphic novel with the cutest art ever and also fairytale-y? (Insert me kissing my fingers like a proud Italian chef.)


East of Eden

I love John Steinbeck, but I especially super super super love this book. So much.


The Princess Bride

Fairytale-y! Funny! Full of lies and fictions and romance and swordfights and mysterious men in black and arranged marriages and SO MUCH MORE. Hell yeah.


Jane Eyre

I want to reread this book so badly? I should reread this book immediately. As in now. #ProcrastinationNation


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Have you read any of these?

What book recommendations do you always make? What’s a book you love that you don’t talk about enough?

58 thoughts on “Books I recommend that aren’t the three I’m constantly screaming about (but a shoutout to them, too)

  1. aravenclawlibrary says:

    I didn’t like Pride and Prejudice when I first read it but it was the first classic I had read since high school. I think I’m going to give it another chance because I see so so so many rave reviews on it. Plus I have a beautiful edition and I like staring at it!

    Also, I really really need to get on reading Wonderland. I’ve always enjoyed reading books that others enjoy. And I also have a beautiful edition of it. lol.

    I just need to save this entire post so I know what books to read next! lol.

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  2. Courtney says:

    I love this list!! I definitely agree with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, it was my absolute favorite out of the entire Raven Cycle series. (Seriously. It was amazing.) Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby are also two of my all-time favorite classic novels, I adore them so much. This post gave me a lot of books to add to my TBR list! I’ve been interested in All the Light We Cannot See for *such* a long time, I need to read it ASAP.

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  3. TheReadersBay says:

    Give me more middle grade recommendations!!! I’m going to try The bendict society bec I’m in such a major middle grade loving phase right now.

    You just have to, and you’ll love it sooooo much more than ATLWCS, i guarantee

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      YES THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY. IT IS THE BEST. YOU WILL LOVE IT. other middle grade recs: a series of unfortunate events (of course), the phantom tollbooth, everything by roald dahl, the penderwicks, neil gaiman’s middle grade stuff (the graveyard book and coraline), the anybodies, ella enchanted, kiki strike…….i could go on

      i have read the nightingale!!! it is also So Good

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  4. Kat says:

    Absolutely ADORE this list! Middle grade books are my favourite. I’ve been meaning to read the Mysterious Benedict Society for a long time but haven’t had the chance to get into it yet! Also: YES TO ASOUE! I LOVED the books as a child and all the literary references I’m catching now are like WOAH, haha. Have you watched the Netflix television series?

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      oh my gosh middle grade is just the best. you will LOVE the mysterious benedict society!!!! also hell yeah i’ve watched the ASoUE Netflix series!!! i’m so excited for season 2 but i’m not going to be able to watch it until may (cry cry cry)


  5. Fictionophile says:

    I too would love to reread “Jane Eyre” – probably my all-time favorite book. Some more recent books that I constantly recommend are: “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman, “Little black lies” by Sharon Bolton, “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman, “The bird tribunal” by Agnes Ravatn, “I let you go” by Clare Mackintosh.

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  6. May @ Forever and Everly says:

    OH MY GOD you’re so relatable I suck at writing reviews of books I love (which is why I hate it bc I despise anything I’m not good at and also it’s just v frustrating) and negative reviews are so much fun. but I’m so tiredddd of not liking books, especially when everyone acts shocked when I actually like one. (which I do to you 😘)

    (also it’s okay I’m in a blogging slumpy thing too)

    I feel like I should reread I’ll Give You the Sun because I thought it was good but not great, you know. I probably missed something. and CAN’T WAIT TO REREAD MBS WITH YOU FAV ❤

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      THE INTERNET IS SO SNARKY OH MY GOD. “do you ever like books” “why do you read if you always hate books” “are you dead inside” shut up internet

      you should probably reread i’ll give you the sun b/c…….i can’t be friends with someone who doesn’t Get It

      let’s never do anything we’re not good at ever again

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  7. Ellyn says:

    OH MY GOD EMMA I ALMOST BOUGHT THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY AT THE OP SHOP TODAY ARE YOU KIDDING ME WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS EARLIER. Oh my god, whyyyy. I loved this post and I need more. I feel like I just got so many recs and I don’t know what to do with myself now. I guess I’ll go read Jane Eyre and come back. Cool? Cool.

    (ps. good luck with your paper!)

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      THANK YOU i am outlining the hell out of it, perhaps in an attempt to procrastinate in the world’s strangest way???

      YES READ JANE EYRE it is the fastest old-and-long book ever. also god i pray MBS will still be there b/c if you like middle grade you will…….love it


  8. Emma's Library says:

    I’m with you on Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Pride and Prejudice. They’re my favourite Austen novels and the only three I’ll re-read over and over again. I’m not a huge fan of the others, especially Emma and Mansfield Park.

    I’ve been recommending a lot of the same books at the moment, mainly the Chronicles of St Mary’s Series by Jodi Taylor, and the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Another book I feel I’ll be talking about and recommending a lot in the next few months is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I can’t stop thinking about it and its messed up plot.

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  9. beachbookworm says:

    READY PLAYER ONE! Also, I’ve never read a Jane Austen book (shame) I know I know! I’m going to read one this year. Which one should I start with? A Series of Unfortunate Events is great as well. The Mysterious Benedict Society sounds very interesting and I may have to pick it up 🙂

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      AHH first austen how exciting!!!! i’d say try Pride & Prejudice?? it’s probably her most eventful so it’s a good one to start with. plus lizzie is the best austen lady in my humble opinion.

      omg omg omg PLZ read mysterious benedict society!!! they are so quick and fun

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  10. malanielovesfiction says:

    JANE AUSTEN!!! I love her so much, it got to the point my librarian reserved books for me that were just ABOUT jane, etc. i was strung out. I must read Mansfield park this year?????
    And GIRL I’m admiring your Instagram for all time.
    And I just checked out “I’ll give you the sun” on Goodreads and it was already on my tbr (so disgusted with myself, I’ve officially lost track of my tbr.) and I’m always in shock when I forget you love east of eden, my soulbook, and then you mention it again and I’m overjoyed???? ALWAYSCHARLESDESRVEDBETTER AND LEE IS MY MOM.
    & I saw princess bride at a book store and I was like, “oh, I seen the movie I won’t buy and read this” and I don’t know what came over me????? *goes to desk of remorse*
    And I should really start talking about “Vincent and Theo” by Deborah Heiligman more often, I love that book so much???? PLATONIC LOVE REP AND IT WAS AMAZING.

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      vincent and theo i will haaaaave to check out. i think i remember you mentioning it actually?!?!?

      YAY EAST OF EDEN OH MAN. i am thrilled you love that book too b/c like. why doesn’t everyone read and love that book

      jane austen 4 life ❤

      you havetohavetohaveto read i'll give you the sun!!!! and also the princess bride! they're like…two totally different things, that movie and the book. except that the movie is actually a really good adaptation, if that makes any sense?? they're equally good imo.


  11. Ayunda says:

    I LOOOVE Jane Eyre! And Blue Lily, Lily Blue is most probably my favourite book of the Raven Cycle series as well. Firstly, that cover is gorgeous!!! Those colors are just beautiful, I need to take pictures of them everyday ❤ Great post!

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