Ten Recommendations

So far since I created this blog, I have three reviews up, but I don’t want my blog to be limited to reviews. I want my readers to get to know me as well, even if I am not disclosing any private information. And guys, I want to get to know you!

As you may be able to tell, I have a love, an obsession with reading. However, my  one talent is writing. It is the sole thing that can clear my mind after any shock or crazy event. Along with writing something personal every day, I have been working on a novel of my own. Maybe someday you guys will read it. But for now, what better thing to do than write a blog about books?

Without further ado, here are my favorite books, my top ten, would recommend. Please comment yours! Chat with me, I’m lonely. 😛

1.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Yes, this is a classic from the 1800s. But come on, it’s not hard to read. I relate to this book, and I’m an average teenager. I’ve forced my friends to read it, and they liked it, too. Even one of my guy friends is obsessed with this novel! I went through a stage in which I read lots of classics, and this by far was my favorite. It’s about four sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth, and their journey through love and life. Plus, they have a super cute neighbor boy named Laurie.

2.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith THIS. BOOK. I recommend it to anyone; I don’t care how old you are or whether you’re a boy or girl. Every single person on the planet can appeal to this novel. Every chapter has a beautifully woven new story to learn from. Betty Smith must have spent so much time perfecting this. It’s about a girl named Francie growing up. I actually did a speech on Francie’s character in my English class (we had to write a two minute speech about a book character we most relate to).

3.) The Entire Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling I’m actually sad that this is third on my list, because I am the biggest Harry Potter fan in the universe. I stopped keeping track of how many times I’ve read the books and watched the movies. Please read Harry Potter. You will never forget the magic. I’m not even going to say any more, because I could write a 30,000 word essay on this. Probably more.

4.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee I must have a thing for old books. Harper Lee is an absolute genius. Go Set a Watchman is getting a ton of hate from To Kill a Mockingbird fans, but I’m not going to get caught up in all that. They were both fantastic books, but of course I will always love To Kill a Mockingbird more. Scout’s childhood along with the time period and the story is something I will never forget. And I still admire Atticus, no matter how “racist” he is.

I’m open for discussions about this, by the way. Everyone is saying he became a racist in Go Set a Watchman, but they are forgetting that Jean Louise is all grown up! When she was a kid, she looked up to her father, the only parent she had, so much that she was able to see past his flaws! By the time she went to visit him in Go Set a Watchman, her views had changed as she grew older. We only saw Atticus as perfect in To Kill a Mockingbird, because it was from Scout’s point of view and she was very young.

I’m not saying racism is okay, because it’s not, but Atticus is still the same man we all looked up to. Most white people had his views back then.

5.) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han In case you didn’t know, I am actually engaged to this book.  Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters, Kitty and Margot, is something I envy. Lara Jean is also just one of the cutest characters I have ever read about. Her youngest sister accidentally sent out all the secret love letters Lara Jean wrote!

6.) The Help by Kathryn Stockett I think I must have been Skeeter in my former life. All pie aside, this story is just superb. Minny, Constantine, and Aibileen have taught me more about how to be a true woman than any white ladies. The Help tells a story of black maids working in Southern white homes in the 1960s. It also tells the story of Skeeter, who tries to be a proper lady like her mother but only wants to write. Skeeter has an idea to write a book about the life of a black maid, and she needs the help of her friends’ servants.

7.) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne People call me awful for saying this, but I love any book about World War II. I’m going to cheat a bit here and mention all of my other favorite World War II books.

-The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

-Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

-Between Shades of Gray by Rupa Sepetys

I’m sure I forgot some.

Oops, I actually have a list of WWII books I’m going to read when I’m done with Coming Home, which is also about WWII…

Anyways, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas will make you cry. To this day, it’s still the saddest book I have ever read. It’s about a young German boy (whose father is a Nazi) befriending a young Jewish boy in a concentration camp. I’m crying thinking about this now.

8.) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn My friend and I have this insane craze with reading books about girls going missing. Since I’ve already cheated, here are our other favorites…

-Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

-Girl, Stolen by April Henry

-The Cellar by Natasha Preston

-Room by Emma Donoghue

-The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

-The Face on the Milk Carton by Carolina B. Cooney

9.) Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica  Just because I am obsessed with Mary Kubica. The Good Girl and Pretty Baby both have killer plot twists that really screwed with me! So thanks, Mary Kubica, for that.

10.) Absolutely any book by John Green Even though I have outgrown my fascination with his novels, I’m still going to include them on my list because they left a huge impact on my reading life. I have read each and every book he’s written, and of course I will still read any other book he decides to write. I just think after the craze and the movies, I’m over it.

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