Hello everyone! I have decided to share with you some of my current favorite books and why I adore them! If you are looking for a new book here are a few of my personal recommendations. I feel that I have left quite a variety for you to choose from so have at it! Here is my list, enjoy!
In no particular order:
- Looking for Alaska – John Green: This book. This book just gets to me. A short snippet of the plot is that a young man named Miles Halter goes off to boarding school to “seek the great perhaps” where he meets the wild and free spirited Alaska Young who changes the way he looks at life forever. I think that the reason this book had such an impact on me was because at the time I read it I was a brooding high school student who was looking for something meaningful in life. This book hit me hard. The writing was spectacular, the characters were vibrant and relatable, and the emotions were oh so real. This book seemed so personal to me that I didn’t even recommend it to my sister or best friend, as I often do. I wanted to keep this book to myself. I didn’t want to watch it get torn apart by others opinions and interpretations. It was mine, and I liked it that way. One of my favorite quotes from the book is “We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.”
- The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins: This book was the last book I read that I could not put down. I read it during lunch breaks at work, commercials, and while brushing my teeth. It was one of those books where the character could be sitting on her bed, doing nothing, but thinking to herself and it would still give me goosebumps. This book has murder, mystery, romance, and revenge all packed into one epic novel about a woman named Rachel who becomes obsessed with the death of a woman she never met. I think that this book did a good job showing how dark humans can be and how forgiving we can be as well. One of my favorite quotes is “It’s possible to miss what you’ve never had, to mourn for it.”
- The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman: This book I purchased at random. The story was riveting and emotionally raw. I began telling snippets of the story to my boyfriend’s family while on a road trip to California. As I read on, they continued to ask for updates. By the end of the trip they were as into the story as I was and begging me for answers! The story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife as they struggle to raise a child that does not belong to them. A complex look at human nature and love, this book is a must! My favorite quote from this book is: “You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.”
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood: This story follows a young woman in a dystopian society where an extremest religious order has taken over a section of the USA and turned it into an isolated patriarchy. Our protagonist, Offred, is a Handmaid. This means she will provide children for the barren wives of the leaders of this new great nation. A spine-tingling and captivating tale that might leave some with nightmares. Favorite quote: “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” (I would also recommend the television show on Hulu).
- Dorothy Must Die: This fresh take on the Wizard of Oz saga had me at the title. Dorothy? The bad guy? Crazy stuff. I’ll admit that at one point I put this book down and forgot about it. However, once I picked it back up, I promptly finished it and hurried my way through the series. Favorite quote: “I didn’t know what was worse: to have your shot and screw it up, or to never have had a shot in the first place.”
If you would like to purchase any of these books on Amazon (all under $10!) here are the links:
“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.” -Lemony Snicket