I read a lot. A lot, a lot. I have read Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, L.M. Montgomery, Austen, and Twain. I have read L’engle, Rand, Dickens, and Hemingway. I’ve read from serious Edgar Allan Poe to silly Sophie Kinsella and Meg Cabot.
But some of my very favorite books are the ones that I can’t stay away from. The ones I itch to pick up again. The ones I’d be willing to go pick up at midnight when they’re released just to get some closure in a series or trilogy.
Very few books pull me back again and again, forcing me to read them at least once a year. These are my top books, and I hope that you’ll check them out if you haven’t.
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.
I’m going to assume that you don’t need much in the way of introduction to these books. I have read this series about 10 or 11 times. I love it. I LOVE it. I am so very impressed by J.K. Rowling’s imagination and attention to detail. Each one is better and more grown up than the one before. In the fifth book, I sympathized so much with how the students hate Umbridge that I could hardly stand to read it the first time through. Rowling just has a way of taking her readers into the story so that they can almost feel like they’re there. I cried so much in the seventh book, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Please give these a try if you haven’t read them before.
Twilight Series and The Host by Stephenie Meyer.
I can hear you laughing now. And I can just imagine the eye rolls. I will admit that the Twilight books are dripping with sappy romance. And since I love reading stories about love, I don’t mind that. In fact, I think it’s kind of cool that some of these kids are high school age (I don’t count the teen-looking vampires since they are about a hundred). The reason being, I fell in love with Tom in high school. People tend to discount teenagers’ feelings as just silly hormones and dramatics, but there are those of us who know that what starts out young can grow into something strong and lasting.
As for The Host. Wow, I love it. I remember when I read it the first time thinking it was way better than the Twilight books. If you like alien stories and conspiracy theories and people who rebel for freedom, you will love this book. So good.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
The third book following The Hunger Games and Catching Fire will be released in August (the 11th, I believe). I can’t wait to get it. These are supposed to be young adult books, but all the adults I know who have read them LOVE them. I heard the first book is going to be made into a movie, and I can’t wait. I love action movies, and this one will definitely be action packed. It’s about a teenage girl, Kat, who lives in the poorest district in her country. Each district has to send a boy and a girl to The Capital to be in the hunger games, where they fight to the death. Only one can survive, and that one will win a bounty of food for their district as well as life-long personal wealth. Kat must find a way to survive, but the idea of killing others, especially her friend from her own district, is appalling. This story is really a mix of politics (the Capital is pretty awful and uses the hunger games to keep the districts from uniting against it), friendship, and action. Lots of action. I can’t wait for the third one to come out.
So those are my must-read books. What books do you read over and over again?
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