Well, if you haven't already caught on, I'm a big reader. Like, huge. I adore books so much. And I think that a person's favorite books say more about them than they could ever tell you themselves. So here, I have a compiled list of my favorite books. There's something here for everyone, whether you're looking for a summery beach read or a book for your next school essay.
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
This is number 1 for a reason. It's probably one of my all time favorite books. It came out this January and I've already read it 5 times. It's about a girl named Hazel who is cancer patient, but it's not your normal cancer book. It speaks volumes about the essence of life and the resiliency of the human spirit. Not only is it exquisitely written, but it's also a fun read. There is a great deal of humor and scenes that make you smile. You will laugh, cry and love the characters like your own best friends.
Favorite quote: “I wanted to know that he would be okay if I died. I wanted to not be a grenade, to not be a malevolent force in the lives of people I loved.”
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Saligner.
If you haven't read this book for school yet, I would recommend reading it no matter what. The plot of it is.... well, it's kind of strange and there kind of almost isn't a plot, but it's Holden Caufield, the main character of the novel that makes it all worth while. He is the kind of character that you either love or you hate, but there's no in between. This is one that I would recommend to use for school projects and that if you read it for pleasure, use Spark Notes and annotate the novel to get a deeper understanding of the message.
Favorite quote: "All morons hate it when you call them a moron."
3. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockheart
This is a great summer beach read. I love how funny and relate-able the main character, Ruby, is. The whole novel is fun and light, but it's overall just a great read.
Favorite quote: “I hate those endless descriptions of a heroine's physical attributes . . . it really bothers me how in books it seems like the only two choices are perfection or self-hatred. As if readers will only like a character who's ideal--or completely shattered.”
4. East by Edith Pattou
This is story based on an old folk story called "East of the sun, West of the moon." It's about a girl named Rose who goes with a white bear to stay with him for a year without seeing her family in order to help the situation her family is in. It is beautifully written and is one of the few books that I've read more than 6 times.
Favorite quotes: “That's the trouble with loving a wild thing: You're always left watching the door.”
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is another book that would beg good to read for a school project. It's considered a classic, and for a good reason. This novel say s volumes about the human spirit and is good to read with or without a class.
Favorite quote: "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand."
6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
This is the second book by John Green on my list (really, any book by John Green is amazing), but it has a completely different plot than The Fault in Our Stars. It is gorgeously written and one of the best books I've ever read.
Favorite quotes: "Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia" and " 'You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking how you'll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.' "
7. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Okay, if you don't know what Harry Potter is, you've been living under a rock for the past decade. I know just about everyone has seen the movies, but I recommend reading the books because they give a much better picture of the characters and the overall themes of the stories. Join the fandom. We don't bite, I promise :)
Favorite quotes: "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, "If one only remembers to turn on the light." and If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." and "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." There are a million more that I love, but I'll let you find them yourself when you read the books :)
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This novel represents the American Dream more than just about any novel in American history. It takes place in the 1920s and, though told from the perspective of Nick, is about the life of Jay Gatsby and the love of his life, Daisy. It is an amazing novel, and I'd recommend seeing it before the movie comes out later this year.
Favorite quotes: "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." and "All right... I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is another one that, if you have seen the movies but not yest read the books, you should. They are ten million times better than the movie and are the only reason why I'm hard core Team Peeta.
Favorite quote: "You don't forget the face of the person who was your last hope."
10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I actually just finished this novel today for my APUSH summer reading book, and I absolutely loved it. It is about maids in Mississippi during the civil right movement and it is probably one of the best books I've read all year. This is definitely a must read.
Favorite quote: "Don't waste your time on obvious things. Write about what disturbs you; particularly if it seems to bother no one else."