Summer Reading

With summer almost here, I almost feel obliged to assemble a list of my favorite books- just for fun, of course. It never works, but I’m planning on reading at least half of them by the time September rolls around, and school starts again.

  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

I love TPOBAW (an acronym which makes no sense at all) because it’s so down-to-earth and real. Chbosky is an amazing writer, and his style is just really great, because you can completely relate to it.

  • Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  • The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  • Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

It’s like a family tradition to read and enjoy Tolkien. I’ve known his works since I was a little kid, and I even have a whole bookshelf devoted to his books (obsession, much?) LoTR is incredible, though, so if you haven’t read it before, I would highly recommend it.

  • The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
  • The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
  • Anthem (Ayn Rand)

It’s short, but Anthem has truly lovely writing.

  • My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult)

I honestly couldn’t get over My Sister’s Keeper. (No spoilers!) It was one of the most heart-wrenching stories that I have ever read, and it was so full of twists and turns that I had to read it over and over again, to make sure I got the meaning of each chapter (or maybe I just liked it that much, I’m still not sure.)

  • Threads and Flames (Esther Friesner)
  • Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
  • Sphere (Michael Crichton)
  • The Lost Years of Merlin series (T.A. Barron)

I left most of my other favorite books out because then this list would get too long, and you’d never finish reading it. But you get the gist.

(I’ve also been itching to try Beloved, by Toni Morrison, The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, and Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro.)

What are your favorite books/series? Comment below!

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