Books are the best. It’s true.
I’m currently trying to make more time for books. It’s too easy to start a new show on Netflix and binge watch the whole series. Picking up and starting a book is much harder.
My goal is to read a little before bed each night by Christmas. That may seem like a long way away, but it’s really hard to break bad habits, and my current bad habits are watching shows and being on my iPhone before bed. I know I’m not sleeping my best. I know it keeps me up longer than I should be. And yet, it’s so hard to break this habit. So, this is my goal: simple, healthy, and most importantly, reachable.
In the spirit of this, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books and writers of all time. Now, I don’t consider myself a bookworm by any means. I’m not the fastest reader and I’m no literature guru, but I love that feeling when I connect with a book.
Here are some of my absolute favorites:
1. Ellen Hopkins
I adore her books. They’re written in the form of poetry, which makes them easy reads (although they may not seem so at first glance). The way she writes is more unique than any other author I’ve found, with hidden meanings in between the lines.
While dark, her stories are deep and captivating. My favorite is Impulse, which is written from the perspectives of 3 previously suicidal teenagers as they work through recovery.
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I have been in love with this book every since I first read it. Like most books, the movie in no way did it justice (although Logan Lerman did a fantastic job as Charlie). The main character truly speaks to you and it’s as if you’ve formed this deep friendship with him.
I first read this book at a time when I needed it, and it’s comforting whenever I need it again.
3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
I was hesitant to include this on the list because, in all honesty, it’s been a while since I’ve read it. But what is most important about this book is the fact that it got me back into reading in high school, when literature got complicated and I couldn’t keep up. This book intrigued me and wasn’t a total mystery.
Since reading it, I have been fascinated with the idea of a different world…What if everything was different? To me, it’s so interesting to think about. The authors who have accomplished this (J.K. Rowling, Veronica Roth, etc.) are impressive. They’ve created a completely new concept of what our world could be. I can’t help but be intrigued.
When examining the different world in this book, it also makes you realize how lucky you are. Everyday things can seem monotonous and dull somedays, but this book makes you thankful for every emotion, every small moment, and the ups and downs with each day.
4. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoth
Finally, I want to mention the Tao of Pooh, a book that was recommended to me one summer, and I was so thankful it was. A little different than the other books I’ve mentioned, this book truly makes you self reflect.
I remember sitting on the beach when reading this book for the first time. While small, it’s not a book you can read in one sitting. For me, it’s best to read a few pages, take it in, think about yourself and your life, and then continue. I felt so unbelievably positive and happy when I finished reading it.
When I get bogged down with the little stuff, and the stress of things that truly don’t matter, this always brings me back to what does.
Feel free to follow me on Goodreads to keep up with what I’m reading. What are your absolute favorite books?