I think by now everyone has seen the Marie Kondo meme regarding owning only 30 books. And I think we also all know that number was just a personal preference for her but you can imagine how the bookish community reacted to all of this 😉 I can see where she is coming from, Marie wants to make us more aware of our clutter and take a good look at all the stuff we own. ‘Does this spark joy?’ is her go to question to determine if something stays or goes, and I like that a lot! In the wake of this funny meme some booktubers made videos wherein they picked which books they would keep ‘if i only owned 30 books’. I thought this was a really funded and would love to attempt this today as well!
One of the memes in question
This is going to be so so hard! And if you ask me this again next week I will probably get a completely different answers. But for now, this is going to be it!
Harry Potter #1-#7 – J.K. Rowling
I love my Harry Potter books so so much and have a lot more than just 7 haha. But for the purpose of this I would only keep 7. The first three will be the illustrated ones, and I will swap the rest of the regular ones out for their illustrated counterparts as soon as they are published. These first 7 were the easiest out of all of them because there is no way I would get rid of HP. I adore these books so so much and have read them over and over and over and over and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
Throne of Glass #1-#7 – Sarah J. Maas
This is another one of my all time favorite series and I can’t imagine getting rid of these. I have reread the series together with Candyce this year to get ready for the big finale that was Kingdom of Ash. Such a bittersweet ending to an epic fantasy series. I’m already looking forward to my next reread.
Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, & King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo
The Six of Crows duology is probably my favorite one yet. I adore these characters and their story so so much and need to reread it asap. The world was set up in the original Grisha trilogy and while I really enjoyed my reread of those books, they aren’t favorites like SoC and CK are. I’m currently reading and loving King of Scars and had to keep that one as well. So far its doing a great job and I adore my Illumicrate copy. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of this world and these fantastic characters.
Shades of Magic #1-#3 – V.E. Schwab
I really like everything I’ve read by V.E. Schwab so far but this series is my favorite out of all of them. Another set of wonderful characters, I’m already looking forward to the spin off. I also love love love that this is set in 4 alternate Londons, how cool is that? And then lastly, Kell’s very peculiar coat, don’t we all wish a coat like that? (and maybe Harry’s invisibility cloak)
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This might be my favorite contemporary novel, especially from all the standalones. Cath is so relatable to me and I adored her so much. There isn’t that much to say apart from I love this book to pieces and I need to reread it soon. Also, this one gives us some glimpses of Simon and Baz so it feels like Carry On is with us as well. Anyone else super excited for Wayward Son?
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1-#3 – Jenny Han
And this is my favorite contemporary series. I fell in love with Peter Kavinsky the moment I read about him and will forever envision him as Miles Teller, although Noah did an exceptional job. Lara Jean is another relatable character for me and I really liked the focus on family. I already did a reread last year but will probably do another before the second movie comes out.
The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven
This contemporary novel is a close second in my favorite list. I read this one last year and loved it with my whole heart. Laura is also a wonderful and super sweet human being and I love supporting her. A Girl Called Shameless is already preordered! TEOOO has so many great messages and I laughed out loud while reading it too. Please pick this up if you haven’t yet.
My Lady Jane – The Lady Janies
My Lady Jane reminded me of my love for Historical Fiction and I hope to pick up a couple this year. This one had fantasy elements and was therefor even better than ‘regular’ historical fiction novels but I will enjoy those as well. My Lady Jane was so funny and I adored these characters.
Uprooted – Naomi Novik
As soon as I heard about this one I knew I wanted to read it. And it did not disappoint one bit! I have to admit I am afraid of starting Spinning Silver as Uprooted was SO good. This is easily my favorite standalone fantasy book. I would love to reread it soonish and delve back into this world. The atmosphere of the book is wonderful and the ‘villain’ gave me chills.
Three Dark Crowns #1-#3 – Kendare Blake
We all know (or should know by now) that I adore the Three Dark Crowns books so so much. I’m already so excited for the conclusion coming in 2019. This fantasy world is pretty interesting and the characters make it even better. I love how Kendare got us to care for all three queens but still have people love different ones better than the others. You can’t tell who will be left standing in the end so everyone roots for their favorite. Arsinoe has been my favorite from the beginning and I think I will be #teamarsinoe until the very end. The new book can’t come soon enough for me!
Those were the 30 books I ended up picking. This was not an easy choice at all and I definitely added and removed some a couple of times haha. Are there any surprises on this list? Or surprising absentees? Let me know in the comments! I would also love to see which 30 books you would keep!