Welcome to the newest installment in my Reading Lists Feature, a series of posts where I compose reading lists for and inspired by different characters. These are all books that I feel fit into the character’s aesthetic and personality, but also books I feel those characters would love to read. You can check the previous posts (Ronan Lynch, Hermione, Ron, Kaz Brekker, Nina Zenik, Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, Inej Ghafa, Iseult det Midenzi, Adam Parrish, Jude St. Francis, Sansa Stark, Wylan Van Eck, Arya Stark, Gansey, Blue Sargent, Jude Duarte and Alex Claremont-Diaz) HERE.
Last time I did a reading list inspired by Alex, so it’s only fair we do one for Henry as well. I absolutely love Henry, especially since he is such an opposite to Alex – he is quiet and introspective, but he feels so much and he is such a sweetheart and a really loveable character. He is just one of the purest characters to ever exist in literature and I am so excited to a character list inspired by him.
1. More Than This by Patrick Ness
I think Henry would love this one for so many reasons. This book is really unexpected and layered, just like him, and it’s also insanely clever and smart. On top of that, this is essentially a book about existentialism and ultimately – it’s quite hopeful, which I think is an amazing book for Henry. This was such a surprising read, that always keeps you guessing, so I think it’s a great match.
2. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
This book is very human and it’s very quiet and somber in the way it portrays the human experience, which I think makes it a very Henry book. This story is all about mood – it’s somber and filled with grief and tragedy, but it’s also ultimately beautiful and comforting, which I love. It’s a story of personal tragedies, but it’s also about overcoming them and trying to survive and I think Henry would love it and could relate to it a lot.
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
You heard it here first – Henry would love Jane Austen. I think he would enjoy the silliness and the absurdity of the people, and I think he would find Austen’s books really funny. On top of that, I think Henry is such a romantic soul and I think he would love the way Austen writes romance and relationships. And like, Lizzy and Darcy invented enemies-to-lovers so he would love that.
4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
This again feels like a very quiet and unassuming book about the human experience, which also tackles so many large and important topics. Also, this book cares deeply about its characters – all of them, no matter how flawed they and gives them so much respect and depth. I think Henry would consider it a masterpiece and I would agree. If you want to know more of my thoughts on it, you can find them HERE.
5. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
We all know that Henry loves Star Wars, so I think he would enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy in general, so I think he would also be a huge comic book fan. And Saga is this epic, intergalactic adventure, that is at its core a love story (about star-crossed lovers!). It’s about found family, and doing whatever it takes to be with the people you love, and I think Henry would absolutely love it.
6. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Finally, another moody and melancholic pick for Henry! I absolutely loved the setting and the atmosphere of the book – it’s so transportive and you completely feel like you’re right there, in Alaska with these characters. This is again, a story about found family, which I think Henry would love, but also about humanity in general. It’s a really hopeful and beautiful story, so again, a perfect Henry match. If you want to know more of my thoughts, you can find them HERE.
And that’s my reading list for Henry! I would love to hear from you – do you like my choices? Any books you would recommend for Henry? Any character requests? Let me know ALL the things in the comments.
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