Monthly Recommendations: 1 Year Anniversary!

Monthly Recommendations is a goodreads group where every month there will be a topic, and all you have to do is post recommendations that fit said topic!

Monthly Recommendations GoodReads Group

I thought this was the perfect time to join! Since this is their one year anniversary, they are taking a trip down memory lane and recommending one book from all of their past topics! Let us begin!

1. A Underhyped Book.

For this I am going to recommend The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson.

Never-Open-Desert Diner3

I have never heard anyone other than myself talk about this book which is a shame because it is truly amazing. It follows a trucker who is running his normal delivery route when he notices an abandoned house. Inside this abandoned house is a beautiful woman playing a cello. This is all I am going to say because I think it is one of those books you should go into blind, but I will link my full review below!

The Never-Open Desert Diner Review

2. A Book Set in School.

This is a fairly popular book, but one of my faves none the less. I recommend Looking For Alaska by John Green.

Looking for alaska

This novel is about a boy who is going to a private school. At this school he meets a few friends, one being a beautiful, but impulsive, Alaska. This follows their mishaps and adventures, and I feel this is definitely John Greens best book.

3. A Creepy Book.

Horror is my favorite genre of movie, but I really do not read many creepy books. The creepy book I recommend is Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski.


This book definitely was not one of my favorites, but it is still a pretty good book. It follows a pair of siblings who live on a an island where after so many years of day time follows the same amount of years in darkness. When this darkness comes the towns people leave, but these siblings and their friend are stuck on the island. What happens next is for you to read and find out… I did have minor issues with this book, but if you are just looking for a fun, chilling read then here it is!

I am going to cheat and also recommend Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke.

Slasher girls and monster boys

This is a short story collection featuring works by numerous popular YA authors. All of the stories are of the horror variant, and it is BY FAR my favorite short story collection ever. Each story is based on a song/movie/or television show which is revealed at the end, so reading this is definitely an experience.

4. A Trilogy.

This is not even a question. The Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs.

Miss P goodness

This is not only my favorite trilogy, but just my all time favorite books period. Since most of you already know let me make a few announcements.

First of all, BooksOfWonder is doing a promotion where if you pre-order Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs and/or Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi then you will receive a signed, personalized copy. Also you will get 10% off if you use the promo code Emmmabooks. This is not a sponsored post, I just thought this may be handy for some of you!

Secondly, in the month of September I will be doing a reread/read along of the trilogy to get ready for the premiere of the movie. I have yet to read Library of Souls because I just can’t leave this world, but I will finally do it after rereading the first two!

Enough of that, moving on!

5. A Book You Need To Read ASAP!

Everyone who hasn’t needs to read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson or really any book by her.

Second chance summer

This book follows a family who learns some devastating news, so they decide to spend one last summer together at their summer home. That is very vague, but this book is just so beautiful and real and should be read by everyone and anyone.

Second Chance Summer Review

6. A Fantasy/Sci Fi Book.

For this I am not going to recommend a book, but a graphic novel series. That being Saga by Brian K Vaughan.


This is a pretty well-known series about a couple from two planets that are currently at war. It follows them being chased and trying to survive in a world full of creatures and such. It is definitely more for a mature audience, but it is still amazing.

7. A Book Without Romance.

This one is very hard, but I am going to go with the book I am currently reading, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.

This Savage Song

This book follows a city where every violent crime committed creates a monster that is unleashed into the city. I am not that far in so I am not 100% on what is going to go down, but so far it is SO GOOD. That is about it.

8. A Standalone.

For this I am going to recommend the book I most recently finished, Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom.


This is a YA contemporary that follows a girl named Parker who is left blind after a tragic accident. She has a list of rules that if anyone breaks they will not get a second chance. This kind of just follows Parker’s life. It was a solid read and everyone should check it out!

9. A Survival Story.

A survival story I’d recommend is Security by Gina Wohlsdorf.


This is an adult thriller about a hotel that is being built. It follows the staff doing the finishing touches on this luxurious hotel, but the security is breached so it turns into a tale about this staff trying to survive against a duo of murderers. It was not my favorite book of all time, but I feel it was definitely something the majority of you would enjoy. If yu are not sold yet, it is very much alike one of my favorite mysteries, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

10. Your Favorite Book Friendship.

My favorite book friendship is obviously the gang in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.


All of the characters in these novels are just so diverse and different, so the friendship is so great. Not much more to say about this.

11. A Book About Travel.

I am also going to use a John Green book here, that being Paper Towns.

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I didn’t want to use two of the same books by the same author or another popular book, but I realized I have not read many books about travel. As you probably know this follows a boy named Quinton who spends a crazy night with Margot, a girl he has liked since childhood, before she disappears. Although it is my least favorite John Green book I read, I still think it is amazing. (I still gave it 4.75/5 Stars.)

12. A Book With An Empowering Female Character.

A graphic novel series that is full of empowering female characters is LumberJanes by Noelle Stevenson.


Not only are all five of the main characters kick ass females, two are lesbians and one is trans! This is a great, diverse book I feel even kids can ready and understand. I highly recommend you all check it out!

That ends my first post in the monthly recommendation series. Do you guys enjoy this? Let me know if I should continue this in the comments! Bye!


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