BOOKS YOU NEED TO BE READING

The secret is out: I am a huge bookworm. Ever since I graduated high school, I haven’t been able to read as many books as I’d like to. But back in my grade school days, I would read a new book every week. Here is my list of the classics, the modern, the Christian, and the fantasy books you should be reading!

 

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

This book focuses on the lives of four Chinese immigrant women and their families. They reflect on their modern-day lives and their mothers reflect on their lives back in China and how they started their lives in America. It is one of the most captivating and beautiful books I have ever read. It’s an easy read with a painful twist. If you are ready to cry, laugh, and just get all of those feel-good vibes, pick up this book right away.

 

A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards

This book is one of those rare books that shakes you to your core. I use this book as a resource nearly every day of my life. It’s extremely short but arguably one of the most important books I have ever read. Before you enter your workplace, read this book. For those that struggle with their boss or who you are leading or for those of you who don’t think you do- read this book and learn through the eyes of Saul, David, and Absalom.

 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book is actually my all-time favorite book. It’s the book everyone needs to read in high school and they often overlook for that reason. I beg you to go back and read this book. There is a reason we all are required to read it. The way Fitzgerald demonstrates the human soul and characteristics is unlike any other book I have ever read. Not to mention, the way Fitzgerald writes is like drinking iced tea on a hot summer day.

 

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

If you haven’t read these, it would probably be hard for us to be friends. I mean, I went all the way to London to take a class on Harry Potter. Jonathan started reading them at the beginning of our relationship and is now finally halfway through the last book. These books are the definition of nostalgia. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (like sobbing, people), and you’ll read them over and over again. So hurry up and get to Hogwarts ASAP.

 

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

This is one of those books that really mess you up. I am warning you in advance. This book does not hold back. It shows some really dark truths of the age of imperialism and how it affected African culture. This is a book I finished and was not able to stop thinking about. If you want a book to stay with you for awhile, and you are prepared to be heartbroken, pick this classic up.

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This book is really near and dear to my heart. I watched this movie many times with my grandma and it was one of our favorite moments together. Every young girl should read this book. It’s such a sweet little story of sisters, love, and friendship. I will always hold this book close.

 

The Bait of Satan by John Bevere

Like A Tale of Three Kings, this book was extremely important to my growth the past few years. I not only learned how to tackle my own bitterness and offense but also how to acknowledge it when I don’t think that I am. This is such a Godly tool to have in your belt. Every single person should read this book.

 

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

This is considered by many to be the most important book ever written. I read this autobiography of Anne Frank when I was 13 years old. It was the first time I had ever learned about what the Holocaust really was and I was learning about it through the eyes of a girl who was close in age to me. It broke my heart. Watching Anne Frank hide for so long… well, I won’t spoil the ending. No matter how young or old you are, this book is so important and so incredible.

 

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Warning: this book has some rated R moments. This is the only John Green book I’ve ever read so I can’t compare it with others but it may be my favorite YA book. It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s quirky, it’s sad. It’s everything you would ever want in a young adult romance. If you’re tired of watching chick flicks and want to read one instead, check this book out.

 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

This one is for you artsy-fartsy, “I love classic novels” types. It’s dark, it’s twisty, it’s a little screwy, and I can’t help but love it. It’s one of those books that takes you on a really creepy journey that makes you feel extremely sad. You definitely need to combat this book with some Parks & Rec re-runs. Despite its depressing plot line, it’s one of my favorite books.

 

I hope you find one of these books on the list meets your fancy and you find your next best read. If you have any suggestions for me or any of the readers please feel free to send me your suggestions here! Let’s get reading! x

 

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