Opinion: A Good List of Books


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Books… Books… Books… So many authors, covers, stories, lessons, just so many where to choose from… yet, what is it that draws someone to read one? 

We spend most of our lives being told by schools that reading is good for you, but why? Well, you know that quote that says, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. – George R. R. Martin.” At the young age of 23, I think I have lived more than 200 lives or so and I believe that’s a pretty good reason to read books.

Reading has allowed me to travel, love, live and learn all from the comfort of my bedroom. It has shaped me into the person I am today and filled me with countless aspirations. It is never too late to start reading, so go ahead and give it a shot!

I have put together a small list of my favorite books and authors, maybe you’ll find some that you will love too!

Fantasy Books

  • Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
  • The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. 
  • Hush, Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Percy Jackson Series by  Rick Riordan 
  • Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth 

Love Books

  • The Summer I turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han 
  • Shug by Jenny Han
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 

Self Realization Books 

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer
  • Becoming a Better Version of Yourself by Ben Leighton 

Books to read before you die

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling (Studies show that kids who read Harry Potter, grow up to be better people)
  • 1984 by George Orwell 
  • 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  • Animal Farm by Geroge Orwell 
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint 
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss