Do you ever read one of those books that when you’re only a few pages in you already know you are going to love it? Because I do. Sometimes I start a book and I just insta-crush on it. SO BAD.
This post was inspired by my current read, which is The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven. I just started reading it today and I’ve just started it and couldn’t stop. I love it so much (as I’m writing this, I’ve actually put it down, but I’ve read a third of it in about half an afternoon.) Anyway, I wanted to talk about what made me fall in love with these books (and authors) instantly and why!
Why I Love Insta-Loving Books
I love reading, obviously, but there’s something very magical about starting a book and instantly knowing you’re going to love it. For me, that’s a very rare thing. Usually, it takes me at least a third of a book to make up my mind whether it’s going to be 5 stars or less. Insta-loving a book reminds me why I love books in the first place and why I spend so much time reading. I’m not easily engrossed with a book from the very start, and when that happens it just makes me forget about everything that’s going on except the book.
Books I Insta-Loved
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Of course, I have to start with the inspiration for this blog post: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven. I was very lucky to be in the street team for Laura and got access to an ARC. But before I go into why I fell in love with it, look at this glorious cover!! *heart eyes*
I think I fell in love with it after like line 3?? The story is about a girl named Izzy and she’s such a vivid and amazing character. She writes blog posts and she has so much personality! She’s funny, shameless, feminist, and is very comfortable with her sex-positive attitude. I loved reading from her perspective so much I immediately went to book depository and pre-ordered myself a copy (also so I can see that pretty cover in real life)
Look, you probably bought this book because you read the blurb about how I’m an impoverished orphan and also at the heart of a natinoal slut-shaming scandal, and you thought, Oh great, this is just the kind of heart-wrenching tale I need to feel better about my own life, but seriously, you have to relax.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
What grabbed me immediately about This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab were the first lines. They hooked me and got me so intrigued about one of the main characters that I just had to read on. I got charmed by Kate Harker’s incredible character, she just does what she wants without caring for the consequences but she has a small heart and I love her.
This was my first ever Victoria Schwab book and it has definitely got me hooked on her books. Again it has a gorgeous cover, but there’s so much about this story that I love.
The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn’t angry or drunk. She was desperate.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne actually didn’t grab me as much from the first line as the others. It starts with a recovery diary form, and therefore immediately starts talking about Evie (the main character’s) mental health. I have not read many books that talked about mental health the way Holly Bourne did with this book. Not only that but the heavy feminist undertone of the book, the amazing characters and the friendship dynamics made me fall head-over-heels in love with the story and with Holly Bourne’s books. When I was halfway through Am I Normal Yet?, I was already looking up prices for the second and third book in the series and I just had to buy them soon after. I have no regrets.
It started with a house party.
This wasn’t just any house party. It was also My First Date. Like first EVER date. In my entire life. Because, finally, following all the crap that had gone down, I was ready for boys.
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