This week, I wanted to dedicate my post to books. I’ve always been an avid reader, and unfortunately, since I started college a few years ago my love for reading novels has had to take a backseat to reading textbooks. Recently, I’ve started reading for pleasure again (thanks for the Nook, Mom!), so I thought I should share a few of my favorite books with you guys.
1. The Hunger Games
Why? It wouldn’t be a good book list if I didn’t start out with this one. I’m pretty sure everyone and their mother has read this book and seen the movie at this point. I haven’t seen the movie yet, since unfortunately my social anxiety has decided to kick into full force recently, but I’ve heard that it’s amazing. I’m currently on the third book in the trilogy, but my friend from Madison asked to borrow it, so I won’t be finishing it until I see him next, which could be a couple months from now.
Why? This book is sheer genius. It’s told from the perspective of a small boy, who lives with his mother in a shed that was remodeled by her abductor. The mother has created this life for him, and he never truly understands the dynamics of the situation, even when his mother decides it’s time to escape. This book’s content can be dark and a little disturbing at times, but overall, it inspires and makes you see the world through a new light.
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Why? This is one of the stranger books I’ve read. Ransom Riggs incorporates random photographs he found at flea markets into the story, creating a truly strange and captivating read. This story follows a teenage boy as he collects clues left by his grandfather and eventually stumbles upon an old Welsh orphanage, also known as Miss Peregrine’s home. If you are looking for a unique read, I would seriously recommend this one.
4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Why? There is no other way to describe this book than a thriller. Once again, I haven’t seen the movie due to my annoyingly crippling anxiety, but I’m considering watching the Swedish rendition on Netflix while I wait. Although the first portion of this book is really hard to get into (it took me nearly two weeks to get through the first 100 pages), it is well worth it in the end. Lisbeth Salander is a true heroine, albeit a little twisted. Surprisingly, you can actually relate to her unconventional way of living, and once the book gets going, it’s impossible to put it down. I’m about halfway through its sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and so far I am not disappointed.
5. Look Me in the Eye
Why? Probably due to my love for psychology (it is my minor, after all!), I love all things relating to personality disorders and mental disabilities. They’ve always intrigued me, for some strange reason, so much so that for awhile, my idea of a dream job was working in a mental hospital. So when I came across this book, I couldn’t put it down. Look Me in the Eye chronicles the life of John Elder Robison as a person living with Asperger’s Syndrome. I also read Running With Scissors, which was actually written by Robison’s brother, Augusten Burroughs. Both books were simply amazing and inspiring.
6. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
Why? If you are easily offended, this book is definitely not for you. Crude and crass, Tucker Max chronicles his life as a womanizing man who is more often drunk than sober. This book is essentially a collection of short stories, and it never fails to make you laugh. I remember reading this book in high school with my boyfriend at the time, laughing so hard we were crying. Nothing like reading about other people’s problems to make you feel better about your own.
What are some of your favorite books at the moment?
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