I have created this website to write about books. Books I have read mostly and sometimes books that I am eager to read down the line. This article will be about books I have read and recommend.
There’s always that one book that people remember that got them hooked into reading. For me, it was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton As a seventh grader, reading a book about a young kid with a tumultuous life made me eager to read more books. Schools don’t always do a good job of choosing good books to get kids into reading. However, I do agree that schools have done a good job choosing this books to read because I fell in love with it instantly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and have read it many times over the years.
Another favorite book of mine that I recommend to most people is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. A book about cherishing other books are always a delight. This book is about an orphan girl that is taken in by a family in Nazi-Germany. The family and the girl take a stand against the Nazi’s and Hitler himself and captures the struggle, the beauty of hope and what it means to fight for what’s right. I highly recommend it and even owning it because it is a book I revisit often.
The novel that got me hooked into reading for fun was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is similar to The Book Thief and captures The United States ongoing fight with racism. The main characters are well written and really showed me what a true hero looks like. Lee’s latest book Go Set a Watchman wasn’t as good as I would have liked. Some things should be left alone.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik is a classic and one of my all time favorite books. I saw the movie first and loved it and when I read the book, I was surprised that it was even better than the book. It is written in a tone that works perfectly for the characters and the emotions are evident which makes the story come to life. The movie didn’t do that well when it came out but became popular over the years and became a cult classic and rightfully so.
Last but not least, I want to include Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist on this list because it is such a wonderful story with a great message. I own a copy of it and turn to it when I am not sure of myself and life in general. It is written beautifully and I love how Coelho is able to capture the human struggle and makes the whole story come full circle. Everyone will reach to their own conclusion and that is what I love about it. He lets us decide what to take away from that anecdote.
Other books I read this year include The Cartel by Don Winslow, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and My Last Continent to name a few. I thoroughly enjoyed those and recommend it to anyone having difficulty choosing a new book.