If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you probably don’t know that I turned 21 yesterday. Here in the United States, that means I can legally drink. At lassst, I’ve aged out of birthdays to look forward to.
I figured y’all could share in my celebration through books (duh). These are 21 of my favorite books on (the day after) my 21st birthday. And don’t worry, I kept the descriptions down to a badly explained one-sentence plot.
1.A Darker Shade of Magic
There’s four Londons, and it’s not what you think.
2. The Bookseller
This girl is living two lives and doesn’t know which is real.
3. Me Before You
Pure love and heartbreak.
4. The Road
Dad and son are on a road trip across America.
5. All the Bright Places
Violet and Finch are perfect and amazing.
6. The Little Prince
So many life lessons, all from an alien living on an asteroid.
7. The Outsiders
You’ll want to go buy a white t-shirt and leather jacket after this book.
8. Six of Crows
Brilliant group of friends takes on a heist.
9. Crooked Kingdom
The first book was great, and the plot twists only get better from there.
A girl and her family have crazy magical powers, and it’s amazing.
All the genres perfectly rolled into one.
12. A Court of Thorns and Roses
Magical quests and cute boys: What more could a girl want?
13. Water for Elephants
Boy runs away to the circus and it goes really well, and then really bad.
14. The Hunger Games
The OG dystopian queen, what more need I say?
15. Wuthering Heights
Gives definition to dark romance vibes (at least there’s no wife in an attic).
16. The Lightning Thief
The reason every kid became a Greek mythology expert.
17. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Funny and sad at the same time… how is that possible?
18. Animal Farm
Peeewsh! (That was the sound of my brain exploding.)
19. The Mysterious Benedict Society
Just put this book in a middle schooler’s lap and watch magic happen.
20. Looking for Alaska
John Green’s best book. That’s it.
21. Mrs. Dalloway
All I have to say: Virginia Woolf is queen of stream of consciousness.
What are some of your favorite books? Let me know if one made my list!