1) Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
Such a great mystery! I was really surprised by the ending! Christie’s details of how the murderer “dunnit” are really phenomenal!
2) Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Really fun, relaxing book to read. Sarah’s quiet narrator, Macy is wise, mature, and youthful. Perfect for young adults and adults alike.
3) The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
This book is so good, I wanted to spread Nutella over it and eat it! The writing is just too delicious for words!
4) Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas
Bitter, sarcastic, witty, funny: enough said.
5) How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulic
This is a memoir that is phenomenal. It is fascinating and really moving and thought provoking. It really shows you what it was like to be an everyday person, living under communism. I read the book in just a few days.
6) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Most everyone makes fun of me because of my love for this book. Somebody told me once, “Cut my wrists now,” after I told him it was my favorite. I put it at number 6, because even though it is my favorite, it’s still pretty depressing book. Why do I love it so much? Sylvia Plath’s writing. That’s the reason. Plath’s writing is so crisp and melodic, and it has such a great flow to it. Her descriptive details are phenomenal and the cadence of the tone of her book is quiet and thoughtful.
7) Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
I could recommend Sarah Dessen books all day long. Her writing is so mature yet captures youth so beautifully. It’s perfect for both adults and young readers. Along for the Ride is just another great Dessen story about a girl suffering from sleep issues- perfectly relatable for those insomiacs out there. Something to read while you can’t sleep
8) A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
I’m still reading this book, because it’s a lot of information packed into one book, but as far as I know, I’ve never heard a bad thing about this book. It’s a really great, succinct way to get your American history, and it’s a great supplement to any American history class. I would recommend checking it out from the library or purchasing a copy whenever you’re taking an American history class. It helped me out tremendously when I was taking my college class.
9) The Alchemist By Paulo Coehlo
In this book is a wonderful tale. Coehlo is a great storyteller. It’s got all the elements: culture, love, adventure.
10) The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles By Julie Andrews Edwards
This book is written by the great Julie Andrews! I just bought it, after not having ‘heard’ (it was read to us) the book since third grade! But I just remember it being phenomenal and thought- this has to go on my reading list. This book is magical. Julie Andrews creates a world like no other.