Limited Time Recommendations

September 13, 2019

Hey guys! I almost don’t remember how to do this, it’s been so long.. I haven’t posted ANYTHING since july and I feel terrible. I’m finding it really hard to balance a full-time job, socialising, reading, keeping fit, SoMe and blogging – phew! But I’m educating myself on a more structured lifestyle and hopefully it means I’ll have time for everything (fingers crossed).

I’ve obviously been reading during all this away-time and I have plenty of reviews to come. For now, however, I’ll return with something a bit more fun! Since I’ve been struggling with time management myself, I thought I would recommend a bunch of books that are perfect for readers with limited time.

Whether you’re busy with work, school, sports or whatever, it can be hard to pick up new books when you only have half an hour to read here and there. FRET NOT MY FRIENDS! I have a list of books for you right here that won’t require hours of attention – or notes to remember what the frick happened last time.

PS. This list is also convenient for those of you who have fallen into a reading slump!

josh and hazels guide

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by C. Lauren

Genre: Adult romance / rom-com
Josh and Hazel are complete and absolute opposites. They’re attracted to each other but would rather be best friends so they go on the funniest double blind dates. This is such an easy read and you’ll fall in love with the characters instantly – a funny romcom that’s perfect for short reading sessions.ย 

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

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The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

Genre: YA dystopian / fantasy
Aย YA dystopian about a girl who’s been treated like dirt her whole life while harbouring immense powers. Now, she has to decide which side to stand on – the corrupt government or the rebellion. Mafi’s simple writing is what makes this such an easy and delightful book to read.

My rating for all 3 books: (5/5) – (3/5) – (3/5)
Goodreads rating: (3.9/5) – (4.2/5) – (4.4/5)

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: Contemporary / story in verse
Now, what’s the perfect mix of a decent sized story and a quick read? Novels written in verse. I used to struggle with this format but I’ve come around, thank god. It provides an opportunity to get through a big chunk of a story within a short amount of time. This story follows Xiomara, a young girl struggling in Harlem, who finds her voice through slam poetry.

My rating: 4.5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.4/5

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My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

Genre: graphic novel / LGBTQ / contemporary
A cute but also very relevant graphic novel/manga that explores the modern way of thinking in Japan. Yaichi struggles to accept that his brother is gay, but when he dies and his brother’s husband comes to visit, he has to readjust his believes. Since it’s a graphic novel, it’s a pretty quick read. I love this story and have already ordered volume 2!

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky
Albertalli

Genre: YA contemporary / romance / anxiety
A cute YA contemporary about falling in love – and being too shy to ever do anything about it. Albertalli writes effortlessly about the struggles of being an introvert in love and dealing with anxiety. This story, with Molly in the lead, is set in the same universe as Simon vs. the Homosapiens.

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Historical fiction / LGBTQ / romance
While Evelyn’s story isn’t a simple one, this book is written as a starlet sharing her biography with a journalist. It’s an incredible journey through the goods and bads of fame and since the focus is on Evelyn, you don’t have to keep track of 30 characters and their background. Another great read.

My rating: 5/5 !!!!
Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy / horror / middle grade
Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is filled with both wonder and horror. How would you like buttons for eyes? That’s right. This is a short and pretty scary “children’s book” – if you want your kids to have nightmares! But it’s a cool world with eerie characters and once you’ve read the book, you can watch the just as crazy movie adaption.

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4/5

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Genre: historical fiction / WW2
This one might be a shocker but I promise you I’m right. Although the war scenarios are terrible and the topics are heart-breaking, the writing is so simple. Each chapter is also super short so it’s easy to read a few more than intended every time you sit down with the book. I love the story, the characters, the secrets and the fast pace. I’m sure you will too!

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

The end!

I hope you find this list useful and if you have any titles to add, let us all know in a comment below! Would love to have more options when I’m short on time. Until next time booklions!

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