Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most:
1. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen — This isn’t the first book I read by Sarah Dessen, nor is it the last, but it is one of my favorites. Whenever anyone wants to start reading Sarah Dessen’s books or contemporary in general I’m quick to mention The Truth About Forever.
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins — I loved reading Anna and the French Kiss and I want everyone else to give it a try as well. I love this book.
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books ever. EVER. My heart breaks a little when people say they don’t like it.
4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath — I got on the wagon a tad late when it comes to this book, but I loved it when I finally did read it. I know it’s not for everyone, but that never stops me from pushing people to at least try it.
5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury — Classic dystopian about one of my worst nightmares. This book really highlights why education and knowledge are so important. I’ll recommend this book to anyone old enough to understand it.
6. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton — I read this book for class in the eighth grade and loved it, as many of my classmates seemed to as well. I know a lot of people who got more into reading because they enjoyed The Outsiders, so I will always give this book a shout out.
7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger — Fun Fact: I actually don’t like The Catcher in the Rye. I thought it was terribly dry and honestly didn’t fancy it, but it’s still a good novel. Salinger packed in a lot of good lessons about life (and English!) that ought not be ignored. Response to this novel seems to be hot and cold and very personal. I don’t think I’ll stop recommending this even if I personally don’t like it too much.
8. The Giver by Lois Lowry – I didn’t read The Giver for the first time until fairly recently, but I liked it a lot when I finally read it. This is a very good introduction into the Dystopian genre because it’s not full of hardcore fighting or war. It focuses a lot on how good intentions can warp into something not-so-good, and I love it.
9. Just One Day by Gayle Forman – This book just came out very recently but I loved it so much I’ve been gushing about it since I read it. I just love it. GAH!
10. The Lowest Animal by Mark Twain – I’m sort of cheating with this one… The Lowest Animal isn’t a book but an essay. I first discovered this essay when I was in my Junior year of high school and I fell in love with it. Do a Google search for it and you should be able to read it. It’s totally worth the time and will make you critically think about life.
A lot of this is Classics, but hey! They’re considered “Classic” for a reason.