While the world has been Marie Kondo-ing (yeah I made that a verb) all their possessions, we know that passionate readers have balked at the idea of having to get rid of books. Don’t worry – we won’t judge if you decide to keep them all or donate some to make room for new releases. Either way, there will be some books that you just won’t want to get rid of – classics and favorites and timeless stories that will bring you joy forever and ever. We here at the Riveted by Simon Teen Editorial Board made a list of the books that spark joy in us.
7 Books That Spark Joy
1. Alanna The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce is a household name. She’s been in the business for a while and her books are absolutely fantastic stories with fierce heroines, lots of sword fighting, political intrigue, and magic. I read these when I was in middle school and still reread them to this day.
2. Tithe by Holly Black
Anyone who loves dark fantasy and hot fae princes knows Holly Black, and you can see where it all started with her original trilogy Tithe, Ironside, and Valiant. These are a staple to have on your shelf (I still have my original copies from when they were first published!).
3. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies is another book that can fill that action adventure dystopian hole in your life, even if you’ve read it a million times before. And sure, it might take up some space on your shelf, but you’ll look like such the completionist if you have the whole set!
4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Straight from the mouth of my cube mate: THIS IS BOOK IS SO CUTE. Family and friendship and humor and heart come together to make an utterly memorable and timeless story between two amazing and lovable characters. And if you want to try as save room on your shelf, you can also get the audiobook, narrated by none other than Lin-Manuel Miranda himself!
5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
In the age of sparkling vampires and hot werewolves there were also mysterious, broody, attractive angels. Hush, Hush is one of the classics that every person who read Twilight in high school needs, if only for the nostalgia.
6. Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
When I asked people for the books that brought them joy, a voice in the distance shouted “this one!”. A modern retelling of Anne Boleyn, this has all of the drama and political intrigue but set in high school. The story is literally timeless, and having a copy on your shelf is a must (I mean, look at that cover!).
7. Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
It was a true bonding moment in our Editorial Board meeting when we discovered that many of us read this book when it originally came out and totally loved it. I, myself, have a copy on my shelf that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to part with.