Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group created by gingerreadslainey. This week’s topic is books to get you out of a reading slump. I actually did a post on books to read to get out of a reading slump ages ago, I think it was my second or third post. So, I won’t be mentioning the books I talked about there again.
1.) The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. She’s definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when her family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Daniel has always been the good son, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when he sees her, he forgets about all that.
This was a really fun book to read and it’s so easy and quick to get through, so it would be ideal to pick when in a reading slump. The events in this book take place over the course of a day which makes this book non-stop and the story also features a wonderful cast of diverse characters.
2.) A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
I loved this book and it’s very easy to get into! It’s an adorable book with good representation of a character with selective mutism as well as a deaf character. I read this book really quickly and it’s now a favourite contemporary of mine.
3.) If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone. And then she meets Grant Everett who is open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she yearns to share with Grant everything about herself. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.
This is an own voices story focusing on a transgender girl trying to find her way in her new school and it’s such a great book! It’s also fairly short, which is ideal if you’re in a reading slump. This is the kind of book that makes you feel good after reading it so I’d definitely recommend picking it up.
4.) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but the The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering the strength to fight back for the very first time – and to find a future with the one boy she though she’d lost forever.
This is the only non-contemporary book on this list. Admittedly, Tahereh Mafi’s writing may not be for everyone but, if you are a fan or flowery writing, then I recommend you to check this book out. It’s not difficult to get into and has minimal worldbuilding so it’s ideal if you’re looking for a bit more than just romance.
5.) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did everything together. Now they’re off to university. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say. Without Wren, Cath is on her own and outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate, a writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words. And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible…
I think any of Rainbow Rowell’s books are ideal if you’re in a reading slump. And Fangirl is definitely a great one for book lovers like us. Cath is a relatable character and there’s also some cute romance in this story. Plus, Rainbow Rowell’s writing tends to be conversation based which makes it easy to read.