Karina Hernandez is a freshman psychology major at Elon University in North Carolina. Her favorite genres include young adult, historical fiction, and contemporary. In 2014 she wrote as a guest blogger for YALSA’s Teen Read Week through The Hub. To see more of her favorite books, visit her GoodReads page.
As a space-challenged college student, my “nightstand” is just the area of my desk that is closest to my bed. But it is quite the multifunctional desk, as it serves as my night table, workspace, and bookshelf. In total, I have 20 books displayed on the bookshelf area of my desk, with another 18 stored in a box under my bed. Of these books, many have not yet been read, some have been read and enjoyed, and others have been read multiple times and travelled to college with me because they are my favorites.
The closest book to my bed at the moment is my current read, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It follows the stories of a young blind girl living in France and an orphan boy from Germany during World War II. Where I am in the novel, their two paths have not yet intersected, but I am excited to see where this story goes. I’m not very far in yet, but I have loved every single page and constantly find myself wishing I had more time to read it.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is the book I have most recently finished. It is a young adult fantasy novel that follows Lia, a 17-year-old princess who ran away on her wedding day. The book is told mainly from Lia’s perspective, but also features chapters from an assassin sent to murder her and the prince she ran away from, both of whom secretly followed her when she fled her kingdom. This book took me a while to read, as it was pretty slow moving and I found the characters slightly uninteresting. However, the action really picks up around 100 pages from the end, when the prince and the assassin reveal themselves to Lia.
In my Young Adult Literature class, we have just finished reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. An autobiography told in poems, the National Book Award winner follows Woodson’s life as a young black girl, who was born in 1963 in Ohio, then moved to South Carolina, then moved again to Brooklyn. She struggles to find her identity in the world, as she identifies with both the North and the South and is confused by the differences in ways of life in both of her homes. I am not the biggest poetry fan, but I really enjoyed this book. Her poems are beautiful and she tells the story really well. It is my favorite book that I have read for this class so far.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love is one of my absolute favorite books, so of course I had to bring it to college with me. Just looking at this book next to my bed reminds me of the amazing story from Gilbert’s life within the pages. It makes me happy just knowing that I have this book with me, and I always open it when I need some comfort.
What are your comfort books? Most frequent re-reads?