Favorites

I’m super picky about my favorite books. But the ones I do call my favorites are the books that I can re-read at any time of any day. I can recommend them to everyone I know; they’re always on the tip of my tongue. And they’ve impacted me in ways I cannot begin to describe. Without further ado, I present to you some of my favorite books!

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling:

hpSurprised? Well, you shouldn’t be. I’ve grown up with this series, and it has taught me the meaning of the important things, like loyalty, love and friendship. The exciting adventures of a boy wizard with his two friends- I mean, what’s not to love? If you haven’t read this series yet- um, what have you been doing?!

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky:

Synopsis: Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is amazing. It is written with such simplicity and poise. The characters are beautifully crafted and lovable. It’s heartbreaking, and funny, and tragic, and just a wonderful read. It has taught me so much about the loss of innocence, about suicide, about friendship and acceptance. Just, please, pick this up. (Psst, the movie is fantastic as well!)

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Synopsis: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

faultI can’t say enough about this book. I think it’s one of the best young adult books out there. It tackles a very serious issue- cancer. John Green does it so wonderfully; he doesn’t glamorize it. He treats it like it is. He treats his characters like normal kids, with normal lives, who happen to have cancer. I think it’s witty, humorous and heart-breakingly real. (Again, the movie is fantastic! Pick both up!)

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Synopsis: Richard Papen arrived at Hampden College in New England and was quickly seduced by an elite group of five students, all Greek scholars, all worldly, self-assured, and, at first glance, all highly unapproachable. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learns a terrifying secret that binds them to one another…a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient rite was brought to brutal life…and led to a gruesome death. And that was just the beginning….

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I didn’t expect to like this book, but I fell in LOVE with it. I think it’s beautifully written. It’s dark and gritty and downright evil. I’ve never read anything quite like it. I was so impressed by the ambience of the novel, the story of it that I spent months searching for something that came close to it, but I haven’t yet succeeded. Guys, this is… FANTASTIC. Definitely, definitely check it out. It’s a diamond, a literary gem!

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One Day by David Nicholls

Synopsis: Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, one day.

I saw the movie for this book before I read it, but I was astonished at how much better the book was. The premise is very interesting, and the characters are so expertly crafted. They feel like your friends. one dayLong after I had turned the last page, I still felt like I had lost two friends. You see snapshots of their life, but these brief moments are so well-developed that it almost feels like you’ve lived through these moments with them. It’s funny and heartbreaking and just amazing. Definitely check it out.

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Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Synopsis: Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. The first of his works set in Wessex, maddingHardy’s novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.

This is my favorite classic, full stop. The story is twisty and turny from the get-go. The characters are well-crafted, and you are fully invested in them. Hardy provides such a vivid image of the countryside in the nineteenth century. This is my go-to classic whenever someone asks for a recommendation. It’s fast-paced and entertaining, and the protagonist is a bad-ass woman- that’s a bonus.

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