So many challenges have taken place on social media within the past few months, whether it’s the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the chain letter challenge, etc. Sometimes, they can be annoying, but lately, there has been a Facebook meme going around asking people to name the top 10 books that have stuck with them.
I love to read, so I thought I would participate in this challenge. Perhaps, maybe you as a reader will have the opportunity to discover some new gems.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
There are three main characters: Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They go on several adventures to try to defeat Lord Voldemort, the evil villain who tried to kill Harry when he was a baby. As they find out, Lord Voldemort isn’t easy to destroy, and they realize they can’t do it alone. Later in the series, they get help from others and eventually destroy Lord Voldemort.
The series is not just about defeating evil. It’s also about love, family, friendship and loyalty, which are important lessons that everyone should learn at a young age.
“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
The setting of this book takes place in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement. What stuck out to me was that one of the characters, Skeeter Phelan, was trying to change the way things were in the American South.
In the South, Blacks were still being treated like “slaves,” even though they were getting paid. As a result, Skeeter rounded up all the maids to write a book of how they were being treated by their master families, which shed some light of how bad things were in the South.
I love this book because it shows that you have to do whatever it takes to change society for the better.
“Push” by Sapphire
It’s about a pregnant teenager named Precious, who grew up with an abusive mother, and she’s trying to figure out how to deal with her life. One of her teachers gets involved and inspires her to write about her life struggles.
I felt like Precious was set free in the end when she was able to reflect on everything she’s been through.
“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed
A friend of mine recommended me to read it, and I’m glad I did.
Cheryl Strayed goes on an adventure through the Pacific Northwest, just a few months after she graduates from college. She decides to go hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself, learn some valuable life lessons and realizes that it’s ok if you don’t have everything figured out.
I definitely related to this book because I was like that after college, as many people are. Most of us don’t know where we’re going to end up, and we’ve all got to learn that it’s ok.
“Catcher In The Rye” by J.D. Salinger
This is probably the best book I’ve read in school because of the relatable storyline and the way it’s written.
The book deals a boy named Holden Caulfield going through adolescence, but he doesn’t realize that the things he’s done with his life have consequences. As a result, he ends up in a bad state of mind and doesn’t know what the future will hold.
I identified with Holden the same way like I did with Cheryl Strayed.
“Orange Is the New Black” by Piper Kerman
It’s probably one of the books that is still on the bestseller list right now, largely due to the show on Netflix.
For those who are not familiar with the show or book, the author, Piper Kerman, was involved with a drug lord who smuggled money all over the world. As a result, she’s sentenced to 1-2 years at a woman’s prison.
She meets some interesting people while she’s in prison, and her experiences there help her grow more as a person.
“Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk
It’s one of those cult-classics. It’s something no one talks about, if you know what I mean.
“The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green
What’s not to love about this masterpiece?
It’s about two people who meet in cancer support group, Hazel and Augustus. They both hit it off almost immediately and quickly become boyfriend and girlfriend. However, things take a turn when they take a trip to Amsterdam to meet Hazel’s favorite author, Peter Van Houten.
I love this book because it was beautifully written, and it reminds me of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.
“Paper Towns” by John Green
Basically, Orlando is a “paper town.”
The main characters in the book are Quentin and Margo, and it starts off describing their friendship, but then they go people’s houses and various places around town and do weird things. While on their adventure, Margo says that Orlando is a “paper town” because it’s “fake” and “not even hard enough to be made of plastic”.
Eventually, Margo goes missing, and Quentin and his friends start making points on an Orlando city map of where she might be hiding or buried.
The book reminds me of “Looking For Alaska,” another adventurous book by John Green, where a girl goes missing, and her friends try to look for her.
“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Other Concerns” by Mindy Kailing
Mindy Kaling is known for her work on “The Office” and “The Mindy Project,” but she wasn’t always the cool girl in town.
In her book, she describes her childhood as an outcast, what it’s like not having that many friends, and spending her weekends reenacting comedy skits. She does it in a off-beat, humorous way that makes reading the book enjoyable.