Raise your hand if you like books!!!!
Anyways, as a follow up to my post yesterday I wanted to include a list of some of my favorite reads from the past year or two that might help you in getting off the couch and doing something productive like reading over your Christmas break or anytime.
(Sidenote, I am a 21 year old and most of these books are books I either read in my high school English classes or plucked from the Young Adult shelf at the bookstore… these aren’t for everyone)
1. It’s Kind of a Funny story- Ned Vizzini
A beautiful story of a kid suffering from mental illness and trying to find himself. You get a glimpse inside his brain too. It’s pretty interesting.
2. Lockdown (Escape from Furnace #1) – Alexander Gordon Smith
Creepy, dark, and sadistic. Delinquent kids are taken to an underground prison called Furnace, where there lurks creatures in the night. It’s all about the main character trying to escape.
3. The Help- Kathryn Stockett
Though I saw the movie first, the book is just as good, probably better. You get many more details that you don’t see in the movie and it’s just simply Southern, ya’ll.
4. Paper Towns – John Green
Because John Green… endless beautiful lines and words. Forget the story line and characters.
5. The Maze Runner- James Dashner
Another story about the planet going to crap and kids being used to figure out the future and what not. The book is so much better than movie. Interesting view of government and how deceptive they can be.
6. The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom
My Mom told me to read this book. It’s okay… the story line kind of goes on forever and there are lots of characters to keep up with. Some of the characters are interesting and you will be shocked at the amount of violence and abuse.
7. Looking for Alaska – John Green
Umm… John Green.. need I say more?
8. The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
Okay… So the movie was beautiful, I must say, but like always there was so much that was left out. Read the book even if you saw the movie first! I did and it was well worth my time.
9. Bad Girls Don’t Die – Katie Alender
Creepy house that’s being haunted by the younger sister of the main character. Don’t really remember much about it.. I read it in like two days.
10. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Okay, this book was amazing! Be warned, there is a lot of graphic details and a lot of bad language but the plot build up and the way that Flynn goes back and forth between the husband and wife.. Gahh!! Excellent plot twist as well. It will keep you turning the pages.
11. The One I left Behind – Jennifer McMahon
If you like a good murder mystery and one that spans the course of many years then this is the book for you.
12. Crank – Ellen Hopkins
Teenager addicted to drugs who tells of her experience in poetry form. Easy read and interesting if you’re into that.
13. Night – Elie Weisel
The story of Elie is a beautiful one. A survivor of the Holocaust who shares his experience and will have you amazed through every page.
14. Spoon River Anthology- Edgar Lee Masters
Read this in high school and loved it. It’s poetry that discusses the community members of Spoon River and how they are somewhat connected to each other. A fun read.
15. Anthem- Ayn Rand
Amazing! Just read it!!!
16. The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks
A Sequel to the infamous “Notebook” of the same author. Romantic and light. The perfect beach read.
17. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
Was there anyone who didn’t read this in high school?? If not you need to. You can fall in love with the sweet characters: Ponyboy, Johnnycake, Sodapop, Two-Bit, etc.. *tears* oh.. and watch the movie!
18. A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray
Don’t remember what it’s about but I remember that it liked it, so it made the list.
19. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Classic novel, just in time for Christmas and remembering the importance of love between a family.
20. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
This was one of my favorites in high school. Worth the read.
If you have any other books that you think I would like please let me know in the comments or shoot me an email! Thanks for reading!
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