Did you know that I love reading!? Well, now you do!
Last year I read a total of 56 books and if I’m honest, I’m quite chuffed about this. So at the beginning of this year, I thought I would turn it up a notch. Go all out, go WILD. I’m aiming to read 70 books this year. I know, I know, that seems like a crazy amount! I’ve seen some people have read already 100 + this year! My goodness, that is goals.
I have already read 42 books. So to celebrate I thought I would briefly talk about my top 5 books that I have read so far (SPOILER FREE!).
5. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
What I loved about this book was the setting and the idea behind it. Instead of viewing the First World War from a perspective of an American or a British soldier, we experience it through Paul Baumer, a German soldier. I have always learned about the WW1 from an English point of view. Reading this book was refreshing. It made me think specifically about the German lives that were lost and the effect that it had on them as young men and as a country itself. These young, and you can pretty much say boys, as they an enlisted into the war straight after finishing school. Their whole lives ahead of them, have been swept from underneath their feet. I cannot begin to imagine how that feels. Can you?
I fell in love with the characters and I rooted vigorously for their survival.
“This book is intended neither as an accusation nor as a confession, but simply as an attempt to give an account of a generation that was destroyed by the war – even those of it who survived the shelling.” – Erich Maria Remarque
4. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
This is actually the second Throne of Glass books that I have read so far this year. I recently finished Queen of Shadows. After much thought, and it wasn’t that hard, I decided that Heir of Fire won. If you have yet to read this series, then I implore that you must. If you are a fan of Young Adult Fantasy books and strong, badass women; then by golly, this is for you! I want to be Celaena Sardothein. I want to kick ass, fight injustice, have killer (literally) assassin moves; making men weep in the process. What I loved specifically about this particular book, is the development that Sarah J. Maas makes on Celaena. I felt that I definitely learned more about her past and how she comes to accept it. More importantly seeing her struggles in the world she lives in and how she deals with them. She never gives up and this sends a message to us all, to never, ever give up. Always fight.
This book was exciting, to say the least.
3. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
I’ll be honest, at first glance I was unsure if I was going to enjoy this book. What made me want to read it was the controversial reception the book received after its initial release. The story about 16-year-old, Holden Caulfield, and his adventure that we embark on as he heads back home to New York City. In a way, I found that the story was simple, but not boring, and with MANY underlying tones to it. I didn’t find this book shocking, but taking into consideration that I lived my teenage years through 2000’s but I can see how this book caused a stir 1950s. Give it a read, please.
2. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Love, love LOVE this series. I was in tears by the end, everything just became too much for me to handle and yet I could not put the book down. Patrick Ness created a beautiful trilogy, beautiful words, and complex characters. He ended everything perfectly with Monsters of Men, I really could not have asked for more. I highly recommend you get these books into you TBR list. You will be in tears. No apologies.
1. THUG (The Hate U Give)
Okay, so this book is important. VERY IMPORTANT. I am not sure I can express that enough. This story represents millions and millions of black lives that are affected by police brutality, racism, discrimination, do I need to go on? This book needs to be read by EVERYONE. I felt angry the entire time I was reading this, not because the story was bad, but because this happens to so many people everyday. They have to deal with this shit when they shouldn’t have too. This book will open your mind and make you think more.
I hope that this small post will perhaps give you some ideas about what you would like to read next!