Today isn’t just March 1st but World Book Day!
This is definitely a day I can get behind because reading has always been my favorite hobby. When I was a kid I never made any noise. I wasn’t the type to run around all day because sweat, ew, gross. Instead, my nose was always buried in a book.
I would spend the entire day reading The Adventures of Mary Kate & Ashley. I owned just about every book and sped through them like wildfire. Like TV shows, book series are my weakness. I’ve read Harry Potter so many times I could probably perform the first book without glancing at the words. I got sucked into the whole Twilight craze. You better believe I was there opening day to see The Hunger Games on the big screen and I might have owned every single book from the Charmed series too.
Maybe. That’s a big maybe.
I might have missed two or three…
Keep that between us, okay?
As I’ve gotten older my taste has changed and so has the amount of free time I have to read. I’m more concerned about paying my bills, getting the laundry done and grocery shopping because apparently you need food to survive.
What nonsense. Am I right?
One of my personal goals for the New Year was to read more. Excuse me while I pat myself on the back because I’ve read four books so far. Stop your snickering! Four books and it’s only March 1st! Give me a round of applause considering in 2017 I think I only read two.
That’s two total by the way. In 365 days I only read two books. What the heck was I doing? Probably crying over my ex-boyfriend.
Yes, yes, I am aware 2017 me was very pathetic.
It’s all good because 2018 me is productive and doesn’t fry her brain watching reality TV as much anymore. So in the spirit of World Book Day and the fact that reading is fun…
Here are some of my all time favorite books to read below. Some are classics, some are new, but all of them are worth reading:
Because it wouldn’t be a proper list if I didn’t include Harry Potter. Apparently, not everyone in the world has read Harry Potter. I find this mind-boggling. We can’t date if you’ve never read the books. Seeing the movies does not count. Like, yes, I love a Potter movie marathon as much as the next girl but I need some lively debate afterwards about all of the things they got wrong and left out.
There’s just so much! And I’m still upset about it after all of these years! If you have never read any of the books I recommend investing in the illustrated versions. Only the first three books are available for purchase so far but it’ll really give you a sense of the world J.K. Rowling has created.
Full disclosure: I had no idea who Lilly Singh was until I stumbled upon her book in Target. I love YouTube. I can spend hours sitting on my bed watching make-up tutorials, hauls, home improvement videos, cat videos…you name it and I’ve probably watched it. So I was very surprised I never saw a video by Superwoman!
This is not another self-help book. As cliché as that sounds hear me out. Sure, she gives you advice and ends chapters expecting you to make a list on what you’ve just read in order to be a bawse but I didn’t feel like she was overbearing and preachy.
If you read self-help books you know what I’m talking about. It’s like the author sincerely believes their book is going to change your life. Out of all of the books out there, their book is the one. Newsflash: I’ve read several self-help books and they haven’t helped me with anything. I don’t want to knock them completely because I have put some of the things I learned from them to use but am I a millionaire?
Have I met the love of my life?
Do I have a body like Jillian Michaels?
Lilly’s–I totally feel like we’re on a first name basis now–book is a breath of fresh air. Yes, she is hilarious but she is also completely raw. She doesn’t hide behind this facade and pretend that her life is perfect. She has battled depression, rejection, suicidal thoughts, and has come out on the other side like a bawse. She hustled hard to get where she is today. If anything the book will inspire you to hustle harder…and give you a few laughs.
From the author who brought you My Sister’s Keeper. Small Great Things is a novel that will make you sit back when you’re done reading it and really reflect on life.
If you watch the news you know the United States alone is going through something right now. I say ‘something’ because I don’t want to get too deep into it. Small Great Things is a great novel because it presents these scenarios and asks some hard-hitting questions about racism, reacting to it, and if people can change.
Next to Potter, The Giver is a book I can read again and again and still learn something new about it. I know it’s a classic and most of us have read it in school but it’s one of those books that you appreciate with time.
I definitely didn’t understand the full scope of the book the first time I read it in the seventh grade. I also didn’t appreciate the book in its entirety when I read it again in high school. When I finally read it on my own in college I felt this wave of emotion overcome me. This book is haunting and complex but in the end it is very touching.
White Oleander is one of those books where I asked myself, “What the hell was the author thinking?” More importantly, “What the hell was she going through?”
I think we don’t appreciate the art of writing enough. You buy a book and you don’t consider the number of hours it took for the author to write the entire novel let alone a sentence. Coming up with that one sentence is hard. That hook that will bring the readers in and have them talking about it for the rest of their lives.
That’s this book. It is dark and it is twisted and it is wrong on so many levels but once you start reading it you won’t be able to put it down. I found myself having to pause after several chapters just to really soak in what just happened. I couldn’t just read this book. I had to soak it in because it is that powerful.
Listen, I’ve been through some pretty bad break-ups in my life. Granted, when I first read this book I was in high school so what did I really know about love and dating? Looking back probably nothing. My luck with relationships haven’t improved since then either.
It’s 2018 and I think by now everyone and their grandma has seen the movie based on this book, He’s Just Not That Into You. God, this book just makes so much sense. It’s the logic and advice your girlfriends give you when a guy breaks up with you or ghosts you but you actually never listen too. I think with the way dating is today with apps and swiping this book is probably more relevant now. It’s filled with the truth. All the things you don’t want to hear but know in your head and your heart.
If you’re going through a break-up or just have had some really bad luck with men pick this up. While it didn’t cure me from dating the wrong guy again and again it did help me get over my first break-up and be more conscious of how I’d like to be treated by men.
I could talk about books all day but these are the six that pop into my head when I think of recommendations. I could have mentioned Jane Austen, Virgina Woolf or gone on and on about my love for Othello (or the movie because, hello, Lauren Fishburne) but these are my current and favorite standouts.
Let me know if you give any of them a read. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these books.
Leave a comment below what your favorite book is. Maybe I’ll give it a read!
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