If there was anything on my mind when summer started, it was BOOKS. School was out, and I finally had time to read again (at least something other than assigned reading). Since then, I have been reading like a madman–new books, old books, classic books, sci-fi, you name it! I was actually trying to think through ALL the books I have read, which, is an impossible task, but made for a filled afternoon. I think it would be amazing to see just how many books I have read in my lifetime; I might try to reach a million!
But anyway, I have narrowed down my long list of favorites to 15. Though I know as soon as this is posted, I will definitely remember another that deserves a place on this list…
This list has multiple genres, including romance, classical, sci-fi, adventure, and more.
1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
This hauntingly beautiful tale leans on the mysteries surrounding twins, and the power of a story. Laced with narrative and real-life situations, this book will draw you in and refuse to release you until the last page is turned.
2. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver begins as a charming, futuristic tale that initially makes you feel as if it could not all be THAT simple. But it quickly dives deep, putting an intricate and unusual spin on the world of Sameness.
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5. A French Girl in New York by Anna Adams
6. The Testing (Trilogy) by Joelle Charbonneau
To fans of The Hunger Games or Divergent, this trilogy is for you! The Testing is much like the unknown cousin of The Hunger Games, and it is an incredible sci-fi thriller that will leave you thirsty for more.
7. The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph
8. My Antonia by Willa Cather
My Antonia is a story full of spirit in the midst of hardship. In the rolling fields of Nebraska, memories and loss plague a group of immigrants, but learning to love and grow is just the beginning. This book is one to remember for centuries to come.
9. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Based on the classic Greek myth Cupid and Psyche, Lewis weaves a story that explores the depth of sisterly love and beauty. Disturbing, thrilling, full of allure, Till We Have Faces contains lessons that will not easily be forgotten.
10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This book will break your heart like no other will. Set in Afghanistan among a strict caste system, friendship and brotherly love will be put to the test again and again by a raw and brutally honest presentation of situations in this world
11. Heist Society by Ally Carter
12. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Set during the reign of Hitler, this heavy tale follows the life of a young girl who simply cannot resist stealing books. The unique point of view and style in the story will have you itching to read late into the night.
13. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
14. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This classic masterpiece continues to resonate through the century as lessons of acceptance, forgiveness, and boldness pour freely from a story defending the rights of African Americans in the 1930’s.
15. The Runner by Katie Baker
The Runner is, to my knowledge, not yet in print, but it can be found on Wattpad. It is an exhilarating tale, and in many ways resembles an alternative (lady) Robin Hood. You won’t be able to put it down!
So that’s all! I hope you’ve found some new books to add to your collection, and perhaps been encouraged to re-read some old ones. Happy reading! And please pin this post to to make sure you don’t miss out on any of these great reads 🙂
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