The day I should’ve been born, August 9th, National Book Lovers Day! I thought the most appropriate post would be to sort my top 10 favorite books in absolutely no order because I can barley get my list down from the top 50. Without further adieu…
1.) The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
The Celestine Prophecy has to be one of my top three favorite book’s of all time. This book was a real treasure to me. Not only did I finish it in three hours, I also related to it on a level I believed to be unimaginable. The book discussed an ancient Mayan manuscript that was hidden from humans for hundreds of years. The manuscript talked about the insights of life, and how every human should be thinking within the next few years. It was basically a much more eye opening way to look at life. I believe that I enjoyed the book so much because I related to it more than I thought possible. The insights walked the character through opening his eyes to everything around him, and understanding that life is a matter of chance– however the “coincidences” that occur aren’t so coincidental as you’d think. It also helps you understand human’s individual energy, and opens your eyes to everything alive on this planet. Reading the book already having this way of thinking felt so beautiful to me. To think that some people spend their lives trying to achieve such a way of thinking and looking at the world, and I have already felt this way for years is unexplainable. The book makes me want to travel to Peru! It’s a great read, I would recommend it to anyone and talk about it for years.
The Art of Loving was another one of those books that made me feel good reading it. The entire book discussed different forms of love, i.e. brotherly love, romantic love, motherly love, and the like. The book discussed how to properly love– in a sense of receiving love, and giving love. Loving someone else, anyone else for that matter, is a journey of loving yourself first. I never believed that statement until I was in a romantic relationship for myself, and I learned that there is no easy way out– you have to love yourself in order to fully love someone else. The Art of Loving was a quick read for me as I sat on the deck in the sun one day, however I couldn’t stop talking about it’s concepts and ideas for weeks (it must have gotten annoying to the people around me.) The novel is great if you’re interested in, well, the art of loving!
I read this play in high school, and I still laugh every time I hear the
name. This play is a great mix of romance and comedy. However, if you don’t enjoy reading Shakespeare, although this was an amazing play, you probably won’t enjoy it at all. The play tells the story of Hero and her fiancé Claudio, who try to play matchmaker and get another couple together, who both happen to dislike each other. If you appreciate dry, Shakespearian humor, you will most definitely find this play to be enjoyable, and it will most likely be one of your favorites by Shakespeare!
The Paris Wife was beautifully written, and sometimes I wish I was Hadley, the main character. The novel is written from the point of view of Hadley Richardson, the first of Ernest Hemingway’s four wives. The novel is a fictionalized account of her marriage with Ernest, however it feels so real. I love books that I can’t put down, and this was definitely one of them. The novel begins when Ernest and Hadley are young, and progresses as they get older. The Paris Wife was a beautifully written novel, and if you’re a fan of Ernest Hemingway, you will enjoy reading this book– especially since it’s from the perspective of the first important woman in his life! Girl power!
I didn’t read Titus Andronicus until my first year of college, however I do admit I couldn’t put it down. Luckily, I enjoy reading (and annotating) Shakespeare’s plays, so I had no trouble reading this and discussing it in class. The play began with the Roman’s returning from a 40 year war with the Goths. The Roman general, Titus Andronicus, kills the oldest son of Tamora, who was the Queen of the Goths. This creates too much tension and plans for revenge amongst the other characters in the play. This play has a lot of characters, however amongst all of the madness, Titus Andronicus is a very well written, and thrilling read.
I read the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime in high school and fell in love. The book was written so well, and it had to be the most interesting and adorable book in the entire world! The book tells the tale of a Christopher Boone, a fictional character who describes himself as, “a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties.” However, although the book doesn’t state if the character has an actual condition or not, there are rumors that he has some sort of mental and/or learning disability. Others say he just see’s the world in a different way, and this novel shows the difference. Anyways, the novel tells the story of Christopher, who lives with his father. Two years ago, his father told him his mother died, and now suddenly, he has found his dog dead on the neighbors lawn. The entire novel is about Christopher, searching for the killer of his beloved dog. Not only was this novel written so well, I couldn’t put it down and the ending was adorable! Love love love!
Taking a Philosophy class my second semester of my first year of college helped me understand myself a little bit more, as well as understand other important ways of looking at the world. Reading Oedipus the King and Antigone by Sophocles in my Philosophy class was much more enjoyable than I thought. Maybe it was because I had a professor who truly had a passion for what he was teaching, or because we were forced to read the novel so in-depth. Whatever it was, I learned to appreciate and understand good literature in it’s fullest and purest form. Both play’s had to be my all time favorites. Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus, and each tell stories of the trials and tribulations the two characters went through. I highly recommend reading these plays, because they are full of great knowledge and written in such a fantastic way.
I must have read The Giver over 10 years ago, however it left a mark in my brain. The giver tells the story of a boy named Jonas who is living in a controlled society, sometime in the future. Every single thing in your life is controlled, including who you marry, who your kids are, and everything else in between until the day you die. With this novel being set in the future, it had a different sort of feel to it, rather than seeming as futuristic as you’d expect. Reading this novel, I could not put it down for one second. At the age of twelve, it’s time for Jonas to get assigned a job, and he becomes the receiver of memory– a pretty big deal. This job changes the way Jonas see’s the world, as he thought it was a terrible place to be in prior to this. This novel is a must read, and although I heard there is a movie about it, I refuse to see it because I have such a great image in my head of the book– I don’t want the novel to ruin it.
A classic, that if you haven’t read yet, you are missing out on a real great piece of literature, arguably one of the best novels of all time. To Kill a Mockingbird is about Atticus Finch, a well respected lawyer of Maycomb, Alabama; and his two children– Scout and Jem. When Atticus is asked to represent a black man in court, the whole town is outraged, and this begins to not only affect him, but also his children. To Kill a Mockingbird is a great novel regarding the divide that racism and stereotypes create amongst humans. This novel has gone down in history for years, and will continue to for as long as literature exists (aka forever.) If you haven’t read it already, you’re missing out. To Set a Watchman, the novel Harper Lee supposedly wrote before To Kill a Mockingbird was lost, then found recently and published last year… that is also a fantastic read. Harper Lee’s writing style and sense of humor is a favorite of mine.
And last but not least, No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. I read this one in Philosophy, but our in-depth analyzation and attention to detail made this book much more enjoyable than I ever would’ve imagined (or maybe it’s because I wrote a 10+ page paper on the play.) This is an existentialist play written about the sounds of three characters, who are all trapped inside of a room in the depths of hell. The play tells the story of their reasons for ending up where they are, and all of their arguments and conversations in between. The novel discusses freedom, and helps you understand how with freedom also comes consequences– something the three didn’t understand. It is a very well written read, and I would recommend it to anyone!
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” – John Green