Since I'm a part of the 2014 Blogger Challenge, it's time for Topic Number 3! In case you're a curious little bug about it, the topics come out every first and third week of the month (read my first two posts here)! This time, we're talking books and since I have an extremely hard time narrowing down my favorites, I've chosen my fav five, in no particular order of course!
1 // To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
I am obsessed with Atticus. I think he is such a great father and role model for anyone and everyone and he is definitely one of my favorite book characters of all time. This book just teaches great lessons about love and life and I think it's a must read for everyone. Good story + good lessons = perfection.
2 // The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Okay, I cheated again. I seriously could not choose between these two. One is from a male point of view and one is from a female view, but they are not the same point of view at all. These changed my view on the Middle East so much and I really love them. The highlights and bookmarked pages are insane and I just love it. So well written.
3 // Two Little Girls in Blue - Mary Higgins Clark
This one is a mystery/suspense novel, but I absolutely love it. It's one of those books that you just can't put down and you fall in love and fly right through it. I love mystery and this is so good I've reread it multiple times.
4 // Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
This is the Sarah Dessen book I mentioned yesterday! I really love the love in this book and all of Sarah Dessen's book are the kind that sweep you up. I used to be all cheesy and tell people to "just listen" when I wanted to be all serious and cool, and omg, I'm so embarrassing. Anyhoo!..I love the incorporation of music into the story and it's just a good guilty pleasure.
5 // The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
This book is one of my favorites because the story is amazing, but the lessons that apply to life are amazing! It's one of those things you don't realize while you're reading, but then you see how real life things really are. Two of my favorite quotes (there are really 100s though) : "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream." and "You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen."
If you're on an AP level and need book ideas or just want a more serious read, I'd highly recommend The Things They Carried, Secret Life of Bees, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Road, 1984, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Catcher in the Rye, The Bell Jar, Eat Pray Love, Ethan Frome, Song of Solomon, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I read those during my junior and senior years and they were all great for papers and analyses.
What is your favorite book? I need all the book suggestions I can get!