"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting."
--Henry David Thoreau
Reading a good book is more than just entertaining it's an experience. Although, as cliche as it sounds it does prove to be real to many avid readers. From growing up reading J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, reading has allowed me to travel to far beyond places and imagine a world bigger than my own. So, to wrap up all my cheesy, warm feelings about reading below are some of my favorite books that I recommend everyone should read.
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
I first read this book in ninth grade and instantly feel in love with all the characters. I've always admired the protagonist of the novel Elizabeth Bennet's will and courage to be true to herself. She never let the pressures of society get to her or define who she was. Not to mention, she was also fiercely independent and smart. Of course she wasn't perfect. At times she was judgmental and quick to jump to conclusions. Her love interest Mr. Darcy is a man of intelligence but few words. His antisocial manner came off to those around him as snobbish. But, toward the end of the novel the two overcome their flaws and grow into better people. I love how the novel's character are constantly challenged and learning from their mistakes. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have a romantic love storyline mixed in. Years later I still love reading this book it's a definite must read.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
I absolutely love this book. It's inspiring, relatable and honest. The novel is told by the main character Charlie, a young man about to start his high school career. Charlie isn't the most popular and social kid in school. He is quiet and shy. But, after meeting two seniors who take him under their wings, he becomes more outgoing and confident. Throughout the novel we learn about Charlie's family history and challenges that hinders him from living the life he wants. The story is wonderfully written and really gives insight into the minds and feelings people often go through growing up. If you haven't already read it then you must go out and grab a copy now. The movie adaptation is also great.
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
While this is a children's book and obviously a lot different from the other two it is still packed with great content. For Christmas last year, I decided to give my 5-year-old niece this book because I loved reading it so much growing up that I wanted to share that experience with her. The book follows the life a young boy and his relationship with a tree. The book teaches its readers to appreciate those around us and how love can withstand anything.
Other books to check out:
- On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
- Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
- Atonement, by Ian McEwan
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
- The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett