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Top 5 books with Paper in the title

Hey y’all! I’ve gone and done another list of top 5 books, this time with the word paper in the title. I have no real story this time for why I chose that word, it just popped into my head and ended up giving some good results. 😂

To get the below list of books, I went to Goodreads and found the 5 most popular books with the word paper in their titles. The most popular one is definitely not a surprise, although it is one that makes me groan a bit in annoyance (more on that later). So take a look and let me know what ones you think deserve to be in this list!

5. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Magic, Romance

2 Sentence Summary:
Ceony is crushed when she’s assigned to work paper magic (instead of metal) under a strange mage. Then that strange mage’s heart gets stolen — literally — by a dark witch, and Ceony has to use her fledgling knowledge in paper magic to try to reclaim him.

Have I heard of / read this before?
I have heard of it enough that I ended up reading it a few years ago.

Do I like the cover?
Yes! That was probably what drew me to it in part in the first place. This was one of those popular books I saw around quite a lot and never bothered to look at until like years later.

Will I read it?
I already did! Though as I remember it, I wasn’t really blown away by it. I came out with the feeling that this would be a better series than it was taken as a single book. I didn’t continue the series though, and I likely never will. I like the idea of the magic in the world, but the plot and characters weren’t entrancing enough to match it.

4. The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Classics, Short Story, Fiction, Horror, Feminism

2 Sentence Summary:
Based on the author’s own experiences, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the brink of insanity by the ‘rest cure’ prescribed after the birth of her child. Isolated in a crumbling colonial mansion, in a room with bars on the windows, the tortuous pattern of the yellow wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind.

Have I heard of / read this before?
I’m an English major and went to a pretty liberal college, so yes, I’ve heard of this. ^.^

Do I like the cover?
Yes and no. I think it’s kind of ugly and unsettling, but that’s why I like it: it’s so perfect for what the story is about.

Will I read it?
I have, and loved it! Even at the time, I was stunned by how awesome and eerie it was. It’s a lot of message conveyed in such a short space, and this was one of my first experiences with seeing that so well done. Actually, I probably read this in my women’s history class in high school now that I think about it, but definitely also in college. And will re-read again soon, because I am reminded of how good it is.

3. Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan & Cliff Chiang

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Graphic Novel, Comic, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Time Travel

2 Sentence Summary:
In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. (Goodreads only had one sentence.)

Have I heard of / read this before?
I’ve definitely heard of this before, as the author also wrote another wildly popular series (that I haven’t read) called Saga.

Do I like the cover?
Not really. The girls scare me. They look so angry with their sneers. 😂 It’s like meeting a bully in 6th grade or something. I do like the colors and style though.

Will I read it?
I might bother to eventually? But so far, I’ve heard of this and seen it often enough, and each time decided not to. The description given is so vague, I assume it will be sort of like the show Stranger Things but with girls instead of boys. Eighties, Halloween, a strange discovery, tweens, bicycles… it’s basically identical. Y’all who have read it, is that an accurate guess?

2. Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Young Adult, Young Adult –> High School

2 Sentence Summary:
Ella Harper is the orphan adopted into the rich man’s house. And, as expected, his five sons all hate her and do everything they can to get rid of her.

Have I heard of / read this before?
I have not heard of this one before, which is a surprise since it sounds very much like something teenage me would have read.

Do I like the cover?
I LOVE it, actually, although it is nothing like I would expect from what the description for the book is.

Will I read it?
If I do read this, it will be 90% because it sounds like a book form of the show Cinderella and the Four Princes or Cinderella with Four Knights and a few other names. It’s a Korean show about a poor girl in a rich man’s house and 4 sons who all hate her (and each other). The book sounds kind of flimsy to be honest, but I thought the same about the show and then I ended up really enjoying it.

1. Paper Towns by John Green

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Mystery

2 Sentence Summary:
A losery boy is infatuated with a faerie dream girl. Quirkiness ensues.

Have I heard of / read this before?
Ughhhhhh you’d better believe I have. 😑

Do I like the cover?
No, mostly because I’m sick of seeing it.

Will I read it?
NOPE. I have an issue with John Green. I’m just so sick of seeing his books. I’ve read two and attempted one and was deeply unimpressed with all of them. Just not for me. And yes… I know I’m very much the minority on this, once again. 😂

Young adult takes the cake yet again!

I’m starting to think that people who read young adult books are the ones who use Goodreads the most, and that’s why so often YA books are the top 5 most popular books for a category. It’s happened pretty much entirely on the posts for these I did for the word crow and for the word thorn. Then again, those are both very “YA Fantasy” branded words. 😂

I want to mention that in spot #6 on the list was Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, which I really wanted to include but limited myself to 5. But I’m including it here anyway. So HA, take that, ME! Seriously though y’all, this was a much better book than some others on this list *pointed look at John Green* so you should check it out!

Cover photo courtesy of Paper Kawaii!

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