10. I just know that everyone who was in my tenth grade English class last year is going to hate me for saying this, but number 10 is the timeless A Tale of Two Cities. Though I agree that the language was hard to understand for modern ears, I think the plot and themes will never go out of style. After all, today we continue to write about unconditional love and tragedy. Charles Dickens, you did well.
9. Another classic that I want to highlight is The Giving Tree. Sure, it's not a novel; in fact, it's basically a children's book. However, I think that there is so, so. so much meaning in its pages. The "Giving Tree" sacrificed so much for a man who didn't sacrifice anything for it. I think we have all experienced something like that; therefore, we can all relate to the poor tree. Man, I love that book.
8. Nicholas Sparks has captured pretty much the entire female population's hearts, and The Best of Me most definitely captured mine. As usual with Sparks's books, I cried my eyes out at the end because of obvious reasons. I really loved the story line, which endorses the theme that love never really goes away. Once you say those three little words, how do you take them back? Dawson and Amanda have an answer: you don't.
7. I've already written a post discussing 13 Reasons Why in the wake of the suicide of the beloved actor, Robin Williams. The author actually drew on experiences of a friend who suffered from depression, and like I've said before, I think there's so much to learn and discover from this novel. Mental illnesses and self-harm are some of the most misunderstood conditions in the world, and I think this novel does an excellent job of shedding light on the subject.
6. Yes, I'm sorry... number six is another classic. But, hey, they really do have some amazing messages. I'm all about themes and messages, so I really enjoy a book that aims at teaching us all something. I love, love, love learning new things that make life more and more meaningful. And after this long explanation, I chose To Kill A Mockingbird to be next on my list. This book teaches us not to judge a book by its cover through the eyes of a little girl, which is always the best way to look at life.
5. The next tear-jerker in my countdown is The Fault In Our Stars. Like most people in my generation and beyond, I was absolutely taken by this novel. The upfront and crude way of describing cancer opened my eyes more to the disease. Hazel Grace, the perfectly imperfect narrator, made us all (including Gus) fall unconditionally in love with her through the novel, and for some reason, I'm feeling tears come on right now as I talk about it.
4. Nicholas Sparks snapped my heart in two once again with The Notebook. This particular novel literally made me hyperventilate, but I did so because I was so in love with the characters. I'm one of those people who get really, really attached to book characters, so when there is tragedy in novels, I get really emotional. Sparks hit a homerun with this classic, and if you haven't read it, you need to. Now. Finish this post and then just go. Read like the wind.
3. Here's another book by the infamous Sparks: Safe Haven. I think this novel is exceptional because it's way more than a sappy love story, which no offense, Sparks is famous for. No, this piece of work has way more going on. It even turns out to be a bit of a mystery... a very well written one at that. There are so many characters that you fall absolutely in love with and one character that strikes fear into your heart.
2. Number two is by the legend John Green and is entitled Paper Towns. A deep and thoughtful story, this novel made me rethink a whole lot of things. People aren't always who we want them to be, and the best people are exactly who they want to be. Sure, it's disappointing when people are who we imagined them to be, but isn't it better to discover new things from someone you didn't expect to ever know?
1. My favorite one and done book is kind of surprise, mainly because it's about football. High school senior Jordan Woods is the quarterback of the football team. Yeah, she's a girl, but why does that matter? She's always been one of the guys, but what happens when she falls for two all in one year? In this coming-of-age novel, Jordan learns a ton about life, love, friendship, and football. Plus, I can always read it again. I think I've read it like... five times? Oops.
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