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TOP 10 ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS!

TOP 10 ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS!

Happy Sunday! I hope you had a week filled with things that brought you joy. One of the things that make me happiest in life is my love for books and reading. It brings me inner peace and happiness when I get to sit down somewhere nice and enjoy a really good book. I also enjoy watching tv shows or movies, but there’s something about immersing yourself in a book that makes it so much better, it’s like you’re actually inside the story as opposed to just watching it from the outside.

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Ever since I was little, reading has been one of me favorite activities. When I’m reading I can transport myself to the Great Hall at Hogwarts, or to Northern England in the early 19th century, or to the middle of the Civil War in Southern US, rooting for Scarlett O’Hara. It’s a magical experience, and nothing quite compares to it. Today I am sharing with you my top 10 all-time favorite books. There are so many more that I love apart from these ones, however I wanted to stick to a shorter list. I will also try to make the descriptions of each book as free of spoilers as possible!

If you want to follow my reading experiences, though, and check out more of my favorite books, you’re welcome to friend me on Goodreads! Also, you can click on the link for each book to purchase it.

Anyway, onto the list! It’s in no particular order.

  1. The Harry Potter series

So, obviously this would make the list, haha. I grew up reading these books, going to midnight releases in my PJs, crying and laughing with Harry and his friends, being angry at the movies for changing things, and just overall being completely in love with the series. I just need to hear Hedwig’s Theme and my heart warms up. It will always have a huge part of my heart, for obvious reasons. I even have a tattoo that says “Lumos” on my forearm  I recommend reading these even if you are already an adult, it might not be as magical as reading them while growing up but still, you’re seriously missing out!

2. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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It was hard to pick just 1 of the Agatha Christie books, because there’s so many good ones! However I wanted to make sure I included variety, so I stuck to this one only. If you like mystery books and you haven’t read this one, please do! It’s definitely one of the best ones, one of those books you can’t stop reading because you just need to find out what happens and who’s the killer! The characters are all super quirky and cool, it’s so enjoyable to read. I know the movie came out last year, but it’s quite different from the book.

3. A Little Princess by Frances by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I have quite a soft spot for classics, you’ll see quite a few of them on this list. A Little Princess is just one of those books that stays with you long after you read it. It’s super short and easy to read, and yet it taught me a lot. It taught me about kindness, and about being a good person in spite of others wishing you ill or being mean to you. I also learned about adapting to change, and about how others might have it much worse than you, even if everything feels like it’s falling apart at the time. Apart from those life lessons, it’s very entertaining and fun to read!

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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This book is so beautiful, and so so sad. I cried so much when reading it! The characters are relatable, you feel like you can actually connect with them even though they are living in Germany during World War II. In addition, this novel tells a World War II story in a completely new way. Very interesting and captivating, I couldn’t put it down, so I definitely had to put it in my list.

5. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Another classic that I’m really attached to. I first read Anne of Green Gables when I was around 13 years old, and enjoyed Anne’s adventures soo much! It’s a really fun book to read, it’s also filled with hidden life lessons and lots of love. Anne is such a unique, wonderful character that you just warm up to immediately. Her reasoning is so interesting to read and I love how she’s always able to see the silver lining in every single situation. Somehow, Anne has the curious quality of bringing out the best in people (in some people, and it often takes a while). She’s very dramatic, which is strangely endearing. She’s full of energy and imagination and compassion for everyone and always does what she thinks is right. I loveee it.

6. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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When I first started this book, I was a bit intimidated by it’s length, and thought it would take me forever to finish it. But once I got going, I couldn’t stop and finished it quite fast. I read this a really long time ago, when I was about 14 or 15 years old. It taught me a lot about how things were during the Civil War, and how there’s two sides to every story. The cool thing was that I learned a lot while enjoying what I was reading. The characters might not be especially likeable, but they are super interesting and you can’t help but root for Scarlett even though she does questionable things sometimes! Scarlet was many things. She was strong, courageous, conniving, and she had wonderful and terrible values. She is represented as the absolutely flawed person that she was and that we all are. Nobody’s perfect. It is the humanity that all of these characters have that brings them to vivid life, and this is one of the things that makes this book so good!

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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Jane Eyre is that rare book which has managed to survive the test of time. More than 150 years, the book is still compelling. I am obsessed with it. I remember the first time I read this classic book, I finished it in about 2 days. When Jane Eyre begins telling the reader her story, you’re immediately drawn in. It’s incredibly engrossing and you just need to know what happens next!I related to Jane a lot because of her passion, and how it was hard to control her temper sometimes. The book is in many ways a story of young woman who maintains her independent spirit in a male dominated world. It’s a romance, within a thriller. Read it for Jane’s integrity and strength and the haunting sense of dark secrecy that gives the novel such atmosphere. It’s still better than any film version of it!

8. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

I read this book when I was 19, this was back when I was working at Disney World and I didn’t have that much free time, but I still managed to finish it super quickly because I loved it! I read in between shifts, at the bus stop, every single free moment that I had! It’s such an interesting read, throughout the story, I’m reminded that this is a book about choice:

“We always have a choice. We live with the decisions we make. That’s what bravery is. Standing by the consequences of your mistakes.”

And in the book, that’s exactly what the characters do – they all develop from the choices they make in life. It seems like a common, simple plot, but this book is written so well, with such vivid imagery and detail, that it doesn’t feel simple at all. The plot is constantly moving along, there’s never a lull. It just feels real! As a reader, I genuinely felt every emotion the characters did – happiness, sadness, loneliness, humiliation, frustration, fear – it was a real emotional roller coaster. I loved it.

9. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray holds a really special place in my heart. I read this book when I was really young, and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s funny, because I don’t even particularly like any of the characters very much (it’s kind of hard to like them), but the story is just so good, and the writing is so extraordinary, that I can never get over it. The Picture of Dorian Gray is tragically ahead of its time, its philosophies on aestheticism and art are still relevant today – and will most likely always be. The characters are amazingly developed and the way they change is truly unsettling. This is not a horror story so much as a sad statement about human nature. Plus, the plot is so unique and different from anything you will ever read. I don’t want to spoil it in case you don’t know the story, but it’s a masterpiece.

10. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King

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Four Past Midnight is actually 4 short stories by Stephen King, and since I really enjoy his books, I thought this would be a good way to share more than 1 story of his! In this book, there’s the following 4 stories:

  1. The Langoliers
  2. Secret Window, Secret Garden
  3. The Library Policeman
  4. The Sun Dog

All 4 of these stories are incredible intriguing, you can’t stop reading. They are all very well-written, with developed characters and gripping plot lines that are slightly disturbing, if I’m honest, in a creepy, interesting way that you can’t seem to put down. Just the right amount of scary. The way he describes everything is super spot-on and you feel like you’re actually there. All 4 stories are horror to the core. This is classic Stephen King at his best.

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And that would be the end of my list! I hope you found some good recommendations in here, all of these books are amazingly good! What are some of your favorite books?  I’m always looking for new recommendations!

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