So I know I love to read, but with a busy lifestyle (as I’m sure a lot of you have too) I find it hard to pencil in time to read a good book. Sometimes what I find helpful is actually making a sort of reading schedule, whether it be at the beginning of the year or month or whatever. So let’s jump right in, shall we?
2016 Reading List:
- The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, Teresa Toten — When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. But when you’re 14 and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love. So this one seems more chick lit, but I was drawn to it because of the OCD (I actually have a touch of it myself).
- 1984, George Orwell — I couldn’t actually find the description for this, but I’m sure you know all about it; it’s such a classic. Bear with me if you’ve already read some of these.
- Frankenstein, Mary Shelley — Once again, this one is pretty self-explanatory.
- Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell — This classic Civil War novel made its debut in 1936 and has been a renowned masterpiece ever since.
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald — Another classic that showcases the Jazz Age, the ’20s. It made its first appearance in 1925 and has become a quintessential part of most people’s reading lists.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo — Okay, raise your hand if you watched the Disney movie. I’m sure a lot of you have (I know I have). But Disney tends to spice things up to make the stories not only more kid-friendly, but to add entertainment value for their audience. I want to actually read the real story.
- The Iliad, Homer — This is actually a part of my schoolbook reading list, but I do look forward to reading it.
- The Odyssey, Homer — What better to go with The Iliad? Last classic for a little while.
- Looking for Alaska, John Green — So this is also very chick lit, but my friends raved about it so I thought I’d give it a go. Basically it’s about Miles Halter getting sent to boarding school and finding a girl named Alaska there and falling in love, blah, blah, blah.
- Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand — I recently watched this movie with my mom and I really enjoyed it. It’s about World War II soldiers that get captured and how they never give up despite the torture they had to endure for our country.
- The Giver, Lois Lowry — I swear I normally don’t watch the movie before reading the book, but this is another one where (bows head in shame) I watched the movie first. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed it. The haunting story centers on Jonas who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
- The Fever Code, James Dashner — (Note: only available for preorder) This is sort of like the second prequel for The Maze Runner series, which I highly suggest reading first. I loved The Maze Runner books; it was like getting you heart ripped out of your chest and torn apart right before your eyes. Yeah…it was great….
- The Mortality Doctrine Series, James Dashner — There’s like four books in the series (The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, The Game of Lives, and the James Dashner signature prequel that you have to read after actually reading the series, Gunner Skale) and I really wanted to read them seeing as I loved his other series so much.
- Forever, Chanda Hahn — This is actually the fifth book in the series. The first four are UnEnchanted, Fairest, Fable, and Reign. It’s about a girl named Mina Grime and her unfortunate fairytale of a life.
- PS I Still Love You, Jenny Han — This is the sequel to To All the Boys I Loved Before. It’s definitely chick lit, but the first book was so good. I couldn’t put it down (and don’t worry, it shouldn’t make you cry).
- Handcuffs, Kisses, and Awkward Situations, Olivia Harvard — I actually stumbled across this on Wattpad, but it was only a sample because it was published. I really enjoyed the first few chapters; very funny. However this one is also mostly aimed at the female audience (sorry to any of my male readers, but I do happen to be a girl).
- A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks — I have but one thing to say: Nicholas. Sparks. (And sorry again to the men out there.)
- The DaVinci Code Series, Dan Brown — So this is another one I watched the movie on and really liked it. It is a series, but I couldn’t find the title of the actual series. It goes: Angels and Demons, The DaVinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno.
- The Shannara Trilogy, Terry Brooks — As some of you may know, they recently made these into a TV series and I absolutely love them. It’s similar to The Lord of the Rings, but before you sneer and turn your head, know that they are very original and really good. The only reason I compare it to The Lord of the Rings is because they’re both fantasy novels that include elves, humans, ogres, and other such creatures.
- The List, Siobhan Vivian — This is the last one and it is also more of a female geared book. It’s about a high school where every year a list is posted of the prettiest and the ugliest girl in every grade. No one knows who runs the list or the purpose behind it, but it certainly stirs up plenty of trouble.
I hope you join me on my reading endeavor even if you just pick one or two off my list. If you ever want to fangirl/boy with me, I’m here 🙂
Thanks for Reading,
Julia E. Flowers 🙂