A while ago I put up a blogging schedule, but I have done a terrible job keeping up with it. Just terrible. But anyway, I think I scheduled book reviews for Wednesdays. Now it’s Thursday. *hangs head* So I decided to make a list of the best five books I read last school year because… why not? Note: these aren’t put in any order, because that would be too hard.
First Up: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini*
Short summary: Amir and Hassan, two boys growing up in Afghanistan, are as close as brothers, yet class divides always hinder their friendship. Tragedy tears them apart, and Amir flees the war-ravaged Afghanistan for the United States. Though years later, something pushes him back to Afghanistan, giving him a chance to redeem his friendship with Hassan.
Why you should read it: This compelling, heartbreaking story is one you’ll never forget. Several months after completing it, I still find myself thinking about the characters and the themes. It also helped me better understand Afghani culture, religion, and history. However, if you don’t like depressing books, then skip this one because it’s rather disturbing.
Number Two: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart*
Short summary: Cadence grows up with her beautiful, exceedingly rich, and seemingly perfect family. Every summer, they have a reunion on their private island. Then one summer, Cadence is in an accident, and everything in her life falls apart. Everyone in her family remembers what happened except for her.
Why you should read it: Best plot twist I ever read. It kind of gave me an obsession with putting plot twists in my own writing. The writing style is unique, poetic, and haunting. It’s the kind of book that blows your mind and makes you want to start from the beginning the moment after you turn the last page.
Number Three: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Short summary: This book is different from the other books on this list, as it’s more of a theology book than it is fiction. It consists of letters from Screwtape, an experienced demon advising his nephew on how to torment his human subject.
Why you should read it: If the name C.S. Lewis isn’t enough to convince you to read this, then let me tell you, it’s a heavy read, but it’s well worth the work. Each chapter is filled with mind-blowing new insights. I’d even call it life-changing.
Number Four: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher*
Short summary: After his friend Hannah commits suicide, Clay receives a series of tapes she recorded. She says that there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself, and each reason is connected to a person. He’s one of those people.
Why you should read this: I thought that this was a unique idea for a book, and it really makes you think. It shows how much of an impact you can have on a person’s life without knowing it. And it’s really hard to put down. I read it in about a day (around Christmas time, no less– not happy Christmas reading).
Last and most certainly not least: Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Short summary: Percy Jackson and his friends have to save the world. Again. (Not very detailed, I know, but if you’ve read the previous books, then you know what it’s going to be about. If you haven’t, then you’ll be totally lost in this book.)
Why you should read it: It’s the final installment of the Heroes of Olympus series. *sobs* These books are my childhood. It’s hilarious, action packed, and full of unforgettable characters. A wonderful end to a wonderful series.
Hope you enjoyed reading that and maybe even found some books you’d like to read. I plan to post some more book reviews on this blog, if I can ever get a hand of this schedule thing. 😛
* These books contain instances of strong language, violence, or other mature themes. Some people are more offended by these things that others, so I felt like I should at least mention it. If you would like to know more about the content in any of these books, then feel free to ask.