You know what I haven’t done in a while? Recommendations!
I built this blog on talking about the things I enjoy and I haven’t made lists of books or movies that I suggest you read/watch. Let’s change that, yeah?
I’ve been very bad this summer. While I usually spend most of it curled on the couch or on a towel reading novel after novel, I have failed to do so this summer. Maybe it’s because it’s uncomfortably hot or that I am finally finding other ways to occupy myself during the summer. But that’s not a valid excuse as I love reading and I have spent far too much time not losing myself in a good book.
In high school I did a lot of reading. Books that made me laugh, cry, etc. So I now present to you my master list of books that I am taking with me to university because I never want them to leave my sight, they are that good. I hope you will give these books a chance and if you do end up reading them or have read them, give me a comment or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can have a chat about them!
If You Don’t Love These Books, You’re Lying
(P.S. The books are all in a heap on my bed. So they are in no particular order. If you were to walk in my room right now you’d think I was a messy person with my array of books. I can assure you I am not.)
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
It’s been a while since I’ve read this one, but I can assure you it is great. Anything by Nick Hornby is fantastic and this book is no exception. It is a story of four people who meet, all with the intentions of suicide. It is fascinating in how Hornby looks at the struggles of so many different people. His characters are always really complex and interesting. I feel like any description I give of a Hornby book will not do it justice, so just read it, yeah?
Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale
If you read my post last week, you know all about how obsessed I am with this book. A true story that seems like fiction. Imagine you are sixteen and in need of money. What do you do? Start forging checks and become a Pan Am pilot. Follow Frank as he follows many careers and forges $2.5 million in checks. This book is funny, well-written, inspiring, and is so incredible that you have to remind yourself that it’s not fiction. You won’t be sorry you read it.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
You’re thinking Harry Potter but I’m thinking TNC drama. Rowling creates a story of a community dealing with death with so much drama that you’re going to think your own life is easy. The characters are complex and real, something that you didn’t expect from a woman who made her millions in fantasy. Every chapter has you biting your nails and I’ll bite your head off if you don’t give it a try!
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
I cried the first time I read it and I will cry the last time I read it. The story of Hattie, whose family owns a boarding home, and her first summer with the uncle she didn’t know she had, Adam. Adam is special needs and the bond the two create over a summer of crazy adventures is so realistic feeling that I feel I can relate to Hattie. The ending is so unexpected that it throws you off, and that’s all a part of why you should read it!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Already a popular favorite, I shouldn’t have to defend the #1 best-selling book. But Green is by far one of the most talented writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. His story of a young cancer patient having her whole life basically 180 because of a tall boy with one leg is…I don’t have words. I could not put this down because I fell in love with Hazel and her story. Once again, this book is a must-read. You will laugh, cry, and definitely not regret it.
Now You See Her by Jacquelyn Mitchard
This book was a whole lot different than what I signed myself up for. What seems like a story of abduction turns into something so different that I cannot spoil it for you. You have to read it to understand how talented Mitchard is. Hope is a character that is going to change your perspective on theatre people, and maybe it won’t. But you’re going to have to read it to find out!
My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark
I started reading this because I love the movie. But this book is awesome. Clark takes such a great story of being around Marilyn Monroe, a gigantic icon of our culture, and makes it interesting and fun and you become unable to put the book down. His story is one of those that I love, a basic life that is turned upside down by fame. It’s fascinating. Please read the book before you watch the film, it will totally be worth it.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
My favorite Harry Potter book. They are all fantastic books but this one is my favorite. Maybe it’s because Harry finally has hopes of a family again. Maybe it’s that time travel is really freakin’ cool. If you read books you’ve most likely read this one, so I guess this is more of a shoutout than an actual plea for you to read.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The first book I ever truly fell in love with. This book makes my emotions pour out of me so freely I think it’s the valve to my soul. Charlie is a freshman,much like I was when I first read this book, and he is an introvert. He doesn’t fully coexist with society. You will relate to Charlie no matter who you are and you will love Sam and Patrick and you will be shocked by Charlie’s life. There is nothing about this book that is bad. It is all pure gold.
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Venice. Runaways. Stolen goods. A disguised detective. Have I got your attention yet? Join Prosper and Bo on the adventure of a lifetime in Venice, Italy, while they live in an abandoned movie theater with Scipio, a thieving teenager. This book has been my love for a little under a decade but will always remain in my heart. Funke has always been able to take reality and make it more fantastical, which is what she does here. This book is great for all, young and old, as we all have a bit of mischief in our hearts.
Nickelodeon City by Michael Aronson
I have yet to finish this one, but I had to add it to the list. I am taking Aronson’s course at the University of Oregon this fall and if his course is anything like this book, I will love it. The book follows Pittsburgh in the early 1900’s as cinema is starting, with nickelodeons (theatres costing five cents). I’m not too far but I’m learning so much about early film and I’m hooked. If you like anything about the movies, I suggest giving it a read.
Thank you all for reading! I hope that you have something to add to your reading list!
A month until I leave for school and I have so much to do until then! I will keep you posted on the interesting parts of that. I have plenty of fun posts to write, including one next time you visit this here blog. It’s on a subject that in the last week has become very relevant and I think needs to be addressed before we anger every celebrity in the world.
I love you all and would be lost without you!
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