Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top 5 Favorite Books

I really love to read, like really love reading. Growing up I was constantly reading, I would read three books at a time and be finishing them like every other day, like I literally always had my nose in a book. Sadly I no long have the time for that intense of a reading schedule, but my love for reading has not died.

Summer is great because I actually have more time to read. So, in honor of summer and summer reading I wanted to share my top 5 favorite books that I have ever read. This was definitely difficult to narrow down, but I think I have a pretty solid list of some favorites and a bit of a variety.

5. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Definitely the lightest book on this list and definitely a great summer read. I sincerely love all of Morgan Matson's books and this one is obviously no exception. I loved this book because I feel like I related to the main character, Emily, a lot. It really hits on the themes of self-discovery and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. It also has great friendship aspects and a little romance.

4. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

This is a book a read my senior year of high school and I still constantly think about it. It's a book about a missionary family that moves to the Congo in 1959. This book really challenges your beliefs and hits on a lot of really important topics from Westernization, to feminism. The story is heartbreaking and beautifully written and I highly recommend it to anyone who may want to read something a bit deeper.

3. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

So this book I think would be a tough one to read on your own for fun. This is another book I read my senior year of high school, and unless you are really good at analyzing books on your own, you could easily read this and 100% miss everything going on in this book. It's an anti-war novel that takes place during World War II. What I really enjoyed about this book is that it is so unconventional, for example the book isn't written in chronological order and the story is just really weird, but that's kind of why I like it.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I put off reading this book for the longest time because I thought it was going to be too depressing and just a book about death. But after picking this book up I quickly discovered this was a book about life. This book will make you laugh and cry all at the same time. John Green's writing is just phenomenal, it's just so quotable. I think this book just gives you a different perspective of life too. I've heard a lot of criticism that Gus and Hazel are too mature for their age, but if you're facing death at 17/18 you are kind of forced to grow up a little. I think this book gets a bad rap, it's more than just a sad, cheesy, love story. But it's a story of life, friendship, and adventures and living through the good and bad.

1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Absolute. 100% my favorite book. This book is a historical fiction novel that takes place in World War II Germany. One of my favorite things about this book is actually the fact that unlike a lot of WWII fiction it is not focused around the holocaust. It shows the lives of the people who weren't Jewish and who weren't Nazis, which I think is a perspective you don't get to see or hear about very often. The character development is just really special too. Each character really shines and you learn to love them for who they are. Markus Zusak's writing is just really prolific and beautiful too. I just cannot say enough good things about this book. If you haven't read it, you must.

Obviously this list is not concrete, it is always open to change. But if anyone were to ask me at this very moment what my top five favorite books were, these were what I would tell you!

What's your favorite book?

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

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