I have been an avid reader since I can remember. Not to brag, but I was the best reader in my Kindergarten class – I’m kind of a big deal. But really, I was (and still am) a huge book nerd. If you were looking for me when I was a kid, you could usually find me with a nose in my book. And I read absolutely anything. Except what was required for me to read in school – I hated required reading and almost never did it. My favorite books are constantly changing, but I have 5 absolute favorite books of all time that will never, ever change. (But the list definitely might grow.)
My 5 favorite books of all time are:
1) 1984 – George Orwell
I can honestly say that 1984 is my favorite book ever. I know I said before that I hated required reading and I never did it, but this book is the exception. This book has stuck with me for years. It is haunting how much of current day life can tie into the society that George Orwell dreamed of in 1949. I think the success of a book is how much it resonates with you and how often you think about it and I think about this book a lot.
2) The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is another book that I was supposed to read for school, but I never actually did. I only read it after the class had ended. And I totally devoured it. The characters are so enticing and complex. As a teenager, the study of a failed relationship and distant longing really struck a chord with me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed my interpretation of the dynamic between characters has changed also.
3) Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut speaks to me on a very spiritual level, as lame as that sounds. He is so insightful and funny. Some of the lines in Breakfast of Champions get stuck in my head for days at a time. The book takes a really interesting look at humanity and the flaws we all possess. I 100% believe every single person should read this book. I think it would help everyone not take everything so seriously.
4) Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series started coming out as I was starting to read, so my mom read the first one to my sister and I before bed every night. And I was hooked. I read every single Harry Potter book as it came out. I absolutely devoured them. Once I picked one up, it didn’t get put down until I had read every single word. I know it’s a little bit of a cop out to say that the whole series is my favorite book, but I legitimately couldn’t pick only one. It’s impossible. Recently, my mom gifted me an illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and it is beautiful. I will eventually read it to my children and I hope my great great great great great grand kids have it some day. Also, can we just all agree that J.K. Rowling is perfect? K, cool.
5) Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
I read Brave New World while I was in college because when I told people my favorite book was 1984, every single person told me I should read it. And they were right. I should have read it a lot sooner. It is a lot like 1984. And it solidified my love of dystopia/utopia novels and movies. Just like in 1984, I was struck by how much Aldous Huxley got right about our future society in a very conceptual way. Everyone’s obsessed with being happy and content. And it’s an interesting study into just how dangerous that can be to creativity and individuality.
I am constantly looking for new books to read. I’ve just started reading a book called Before Tomorrowland, which has been interesting so far. We just watched the Tomorrowland movie and it’s always been my favorite part of the Disneyland park.
What are your favorite books? What are you reading right now? What books do you suggest for me? I am always wanting book suggestions.
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