Reading for fun can seem like a chore. It's not until I get inspired to pick up a book that I remember how much I love to read! Recently, the top 100 books were chosen through a survey of Americans conducted by PBS, The Great American Read and a polling service.
In case you need a book recommendation I picked my top 10 from the list!
#1- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A classic, must read. Lee writes a remarkable tale, set in the 1930s, through the eyes of a coming-of-age young girl. During a time of malicious prejudice, her father, a valiant lawyer, defends a black man unjustly accused of a horrific crime. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to.
#15- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
If you’ve only seen the movie, you have to experience the read itself. Throwing it back to high school English class, the symbolism in this book is noteworthy. The characters are full of life with descriptions that have you picturing it all. Fitzgerald depicts the American dream as only that, just a dream.
#18- 1984 by George Orwell
While we love to watch the lives of celebrities through reality tv, like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, imagine your every move and every thought being watched and controlled by a higher party? In 1984, the nation of Oceania is in a totalitarian state. No free thought. no expression of individuality. No self. Another captivating classic that everyone should read.
#20- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand has been criticized in the past. However, I have always found her ideas about man and his greatness fascinating. Atlas Shrugged is a long novel divided into three parts. Rand writes about a world approaching a dystopia. It is a thought-provoking piece that makes you rethink the world in which we live. This is a more difficult read, but the meaning behind her work is worth it.
#24- The Stand by Stephen king
A King fan myself, The Stand is set in a post-apocalyptic world triggered by the breakdown of society following the release of a biological weapon. Although his books are long, they keep you engaged and wanting more. This book is divided into three sections, each one filled with action and anticipation. If you want to buy one book that can last you a long time, this is it.
#29- the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon
This is a wonderful easy read. The story is written for a class assignment by Christopher, a 15-year-old, autistic boy. Throughout the story, Christopher investigates the murder of his neighbor’s poodle. He discovers secrets about his father and reconnected with his mother. The curious incident is a heartwarming story that leaves you with a smile.
#30- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye is written differently than any other novel on this list. The story is told from a teenager seeking psychiatric treatment and the grammar is improper. He explains what happens to him last Christmas. As he does, the relationship between the pain of actual experience and feeling one’s feelings is explored.
#32 The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Greasers, a gang of boys who are constantly afraid of getting jumped by the Socs. This is another classic, a society separated by class and looks. One gang feels too much, the other not at all. A wonderful and infamous novel.
#70- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Personally, I would rank this classic much higher. It’s hard to combine a good plot with wisdom and life lessons. But that’s exactly why The Alchemist is exceptionally breathtaking. As the main character, Santiago, grows throughout his journey, you will too. The story reveals the importance of listening to our hearts, recognizing life’s paths, and following our dreams.
#92- Looking for Alaska by John Green
Miles is in search of his great perhaps. He tries to find it by attending a new boarding school where he meets a stunning, and mischievous girl, Alaska Young. This story is an emotional turn of events that you won’t want to put it down.