For a while now I've been talking about sharing some of my favorite books on here. It probably goes without saying given that I am a freelance journalist and I write a blog, but just in case - I love reading. I love the books that grab my soul, and don't let go - the kind that I'm never able to forget.
Eventually, I'd like to delve into more book reviews, but for today, I want to share my all-time favorite books* - the ones that I've never forgotten, and probably never will. The ones that, for better or worse, have most certainly changed me.
I read this book last summer in a day or two. Full honesty: it took me a little to get into the book, but once I did - I couldn't put it down. Every page of this book was a mystery, leaving the reader guessing until the end and loving every minute of it.
The themes of love, magic, and okay - a slight nod to Romeo and Juliette - are ones we've all heard and read a million times. But Morgenstern writes them in a way that feels entirely new and unexpected.
If you love the type of books that weave magic into reality in a way that makes it completely believable, then this is a must-read!
// The Giver by Lois Lowry
Yes - I'm including a middle-school reading list book on here, because it's one that I had to have read at least a dozen times. The Giver was my (and I'm sure a thousand other people's) introduction to the dystopian novel, even if I didn't realize it at the time.
If you haven't read The Giver (and take this is your official notice to go buy it now), it is about a society that has been stripped of any and all differences - culture, individuality, even passions. Incredibly thought-provoking (even if you're not 12 like I was the first time I read this book), this book held new meaning for me every time I read it, and even though it's been a decade since I first picked it up, it's a book I can't seem to forget about.
// The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
If you want to talk about books that have changed your life, well the one that left you crying on a bench about a block from work has to be at the top of the list. I read The Book Thief towards the beginning of my senior year of college (read: last fall), and I must have cried at least five times throughout the book (and let me just say now that I am not one to cry at books, movies, or television shows very often. My mom can almost certainly attest to that fact given the look of shock and concern on her face when she saw me crying in the movie for this book).
If you don't know already, The Book Thief is a book about the Holocaust, and centers around a little girl - Leisel - who's family has given her up to protect her from her own Jewish background. Each and every character in this book is both incredible, and absolutely flawed. As much as I've always found an interest in learning about the Holocaust, I think this book was the first time it truly sunk in how many citizens fought back against Hitler during that time.
This book will make you cry, but it will also provoke you to think about human nature and the truth of our existence in a way that I've yet to find another book that will.
* In the interest of full-disclosure, the links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links. Should you click on one of them and buy the book I'm suggesting, I'll receive a small commission. Despite this, the books I've chosen to share today were my own choices and my statement that they are my favorite books is completely true. Any opinions written here (today, and at any other time past or future) are 100 percent my own.
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