Hello to my fellow geeks, and happy Friday! If there’s any bookworms out there, or anyone who likes to read in general, I’ve got some books for you to read. I’ve been reading books ever since I learned how to read, and I’ve read…more than I can count. As I get older, I find that I have less and less time to read, but that all changed when Summer arrived. In the span of four weeks, I managed to binge-read about five books (I finished one yesterday and I’m about to start another one today). For this post, I’m going to name five of my most favorite books that are MUST reads. Not only does reading make your brain smarter, bring you to new world where you can forget your problems, and introduce you to characters to get attached to and make you cry when they die, but reading also helps you learn the craft of writing like nothing else can. Without wasting any more time, let’s jump right into this list…
#5 – The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Okay, if you haven’t read this yet that needs to be fixed. I read this years ago, and it has been one of my favorites ever since. C.S. Lewis brought a fantasy world that made us all wish we had magical wardrobes that brought us to a snowy forest with a lamppost right smack in the middle of all those trees. The story follows four siblings who find that a wardrobe is not quite what it appears to be, and go inside to find a whole other world. However, the world of Narnia is in trouble. The place is chaos ever since that horrid witch came. If you have not read this book, I’m sure you’ll love it if you’re a fan of fantasy! I love both the book and the movie, but I would read the book first. And guess what? This story if actually a series, so it doesn’t have to end after the first one is over!
#4 – Battlefront II: Inferno Squad
This one is not for the faint-hearted. I did not know what I was getting into when I picked up this Star Wars book. Christie Golden’s Inferno Squad brings heavy truths, and a powerful message. The four members of the Empire’s Inferno Squad are put on a special undercover mission, and Iden Versio, leader of the squad, does not intend to fail. When it turns out the freedom fighters they are spying on aren’t bad people, Inferno Squad begins to soften their hearts toward them. This one is full of blood, sweat, and tears, and I literally sometimes had to stop reading to process things and cry. This story packs one heck of and ending that I’m sure will make your blood boil. This book is the prequel to the story mode in the actual Battlefront II game, and I’ve got to say, the book was better than the game. I mean, duh! If you’ve played the game, you know why.
#3 – Percy Jackson and the Olympians
This one is a series of five books, not to mention the other series that come after it. Rick Riordan is a genius author who mixes Greek mythology with the modern world, and the story is insane! This is the series that I’ve binge-read last week (all except for the fifth one because I was out of town and thought, well, I don’t think I’d be able to finish the second, third and fourth one before I get back. Silly me). The story follows the teen Percy Jackson, who discovers he’s not who he thinks he is. Strange things have happened to him his entire life, and it turns out it’s all because he’s the son of one of the mythical Greek gods. Powerful and in danger, Percy has to find a new life in his home away from home, Camp Halfblood. This series is FULL of betrayals, prophecies, and tons of plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat, I promise!
#2 – A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L’engle’s book is one is my second most favorite book EVER. I received this book as a gift after I got my wisdom teeth removed last year, and I was so excited to read it! I can promise you right now that the book is a gazillion times better than the movie. This one tells the story of Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and her friend Cal as they travel strange lands with the peculiar threesome, Mrs Who, Mrs. What, and Mrs. Which. There’s enough twists and turns to keep you sucked in until the very last page! There are some parts that literally made me feel like I was trapped! It is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read, but I have a thing for bizarre stories! Read this book, because, trust me, you WILL NOT regret it!
#1 – Howl’s Moving Castle
I just finished reading this book yesterday, and boy is it a good book! Like, probably the greatest book I’ve ever read! I first heard of this story as a anime movie, but never took the time to watch it. Later, I realized it was a book and searched every bookstore I went to for it. Final, when I was out of town in Indiana, I found it in Books – A – Million. I was thrilled when I got it, and started reading right away. I was NOT disappointed. This books tells the story from the long-suffering eyes of Sophie, the eldest of three sisters. She longs for her dull life to change. All she does all day is sit in the back of a shop making hats. Everything changes when the dreaded Witch of the Waste comes and puts a spell on Sophie, turning her into an old woman. Then, she stumbles upon the Wizard Howl’s moving castle, where her entire life is turned upside down. This book is bizarre, full of humor (I legitimately cried laughing at one point), and is wonderfully written. Diana Wynn Jones is a master at writing, and she even went on to give Howl’s Moving Castle two sequel books!
So there’s the list! I could go on and on about books, because there are SO many good ones out there! What do you think about this list? Have you read any of these book? What is your favorite book? Start up the conversation in the comments below!