I’ve been crazy about books ever since I was able to read. My parents were both teachers and I’ll be honest, my mom definitely used to push the reading on me. My all time favorite book comes from my childhood and was the spark of my love for reading. Oh and just a warning, when I say childhood I mean from the day I was able to read to 18 years old. Let me know if any of my favorites are yours!
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia #2) – My dad read me The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a bed time story when I was in kindergarten. I spent my entire 2nd grade year and half of my 3rd grade year trying to convince my school librarian that I was an advanced enough reader to check the book out. I wanted to experience the magic of Mr. Tumnus, Aslan, Narnia, The White Witch, and Mr. and Mrs. Beaver again, all on my own. I now own…I don’t even know how many different copies of this book (I know it’s at least 5). This book has a special place in my heart and will forever remain my favorite book.
The Cat Who Saw Red by Lilian Jackson Braun (Cat Who #4) – I started reading the Cat Who series when I was in 4th grade. I could not even tell you how many of these books that I have read, nor do I remember all of the ones that I did. I look through the list of books and get dizzy trying to figure it out. This book particularly was the first I read in the series and it sparked my love for mystery books, plus who doesn’t love a crime-solving cat?
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal by Lilian Jackson Braun (Cat Who #12) – Yeah, another one of those awesome cat books! Did I mention that these books don’t include a talking cat? They are actually about a detective, Jim Qwilleran, who just so happens to own two cats, Koko and Yum-Yum. These cats always somehow do something to get the detectives gears going and he solves the mystery. I love these books so much and would recommend them for any age.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding – Of course, the book we all had to read as a freshman or sophomore in high school. Some people hate this book, other people love the book. I am one of those people who truly enjoyed reading about a group of young boys getting stuck on an uninhabited island and having to figure out how to survive. It is one that I plan on reading again sometime in my adulthood. It is a classic and deserves to be read more than once.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Yeah! Another classic that you were forced to read in high school. I hope I’m not giving anyone any awful flashbacks! This book left an impression on me at such a young age. I’ve read this book more than once already, and I plan on reading it again. If you keep up with classic literature at all, you are probably just as excited as I am that another Harper Lee book was published within the last year! It is called Go Set a Watchmen and I can’t wait to read it.
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyers (Twilight #4) – Let’s be real! We all saw this coming! Besides reading assigned books in high school, I had gotten so busy with sports, school, and my social life that I kind of stopped reading for fun. It was Twilight that re-sparked my love for reading. My dad had to come down to my room at 2 am to steal New Moon from me, because I refused to stop reading until Edward came back! (I know all you girls know what I’m talking about!!) Anyways, Breaking Dawn was my favorite of the Twilight series. I loved reading and experiencing Bella’s character develop into the strong-willed and protective mother/woman she ultimately ends up becoming.
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel – So, this was an assigned book to read my sophomore year of high school. I don’t believe it is a common one, and not a lot of my classmates chose to read this book out of the list we were provided, but boy, oh boy, am I glad I chose to read it. This book was probably the spark to my interest in romance novels. It is an unbelievable novel written by a Mexican novelist and screenwriter. It was originally published in Spanish, but has been translated into many different languages. I suggest that if you haven’t read it, you need to.
Animal Farm by George Orwell – And another one! Does it get old that a lot of my favorite childhood books were assigned reading? I think not, because they are assigned reading for a reason. They are great pieces of literature. This book is another that I want to read again sometime in my adulthood. I think reading this as an adult is going to change the book for me, for the better, if that is even possible. See, I have a love and passion for history, even got a degree in it. Reading this book about the Russian Revolution and the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union now that I have a lot more knowledge on the topic, may shed some new light and perspective on the book for me. I am excited to give it another go.
ttyl by Lauren Miracle (Internet Girls #1) – Yes, this is a real book and real book series. These books are written differently than any other books I have ever read. The books are written in text, instant message, and email correspondence. I think due to the fact that it is almost all dialogue is what made me love it so much. I tend to really enjoy books that have a lot of dialogue compared to books that don’t. I would not suggest reading this series as an adult, but as a teenage girl, heck yea! They are perfect books to read as a teenager, because they relate specifically to the drama you tend to deal with in high school.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Oh, you knew this was coming. You didn’t think you’d see all those other high school required reading books and not see The Great Gatsby? Good, because this was my favorite required reading throughout high school. This book was magical. Who doesn’t love reading about the rich life and crazy, over-the-top parties? Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, and Jordan Baker…their stories are amazing and drew me in from the first page to the last. If you have only seen the movie and haven’t read the book, you are missing out!