My Book Recommendations of 2016

I’m pretty sure that you were smart enough to figure this out, but if it wasn’t as obvious as I assumed it to be, I’m an avid reader. I love books. A good book relaxes you while causing you to cry your eyeballs out or feel happier than you’ve ever been before. This may sound extremely cheesy (I’m superficial so I can get away with it), but a good book just transports you inside of it. You feel what the character’s are feeling, you are in the author’s world! If the book is exceptionally good, you get so wrapped up in it that you can’t put it down. Then once you’re finished reading you feel sad because you aren’t part of the book. I probably sound so stupid, but don’t you ever wish that a book character or movie character was one of your best friends? I always get this feeling after finishing a book. I wish I had more people to talk about my books with, that is one of the many reasons I’m so grateful for Abby. She is also a bookworm and we can actually talk about books and how we wish we were in the books and how the guys in books are so cute and sincere… It’s true though…

In this post I will recommend five books that just made me feel what the character was feeling and/or just added to my perspective on the World, inspiring me to feel a certain way towards issues similar to those of the book.

The first book I recommend is The Alchemist. This is my all time favorite book and I’m hoping for a copy of it for Christmas. I feel as if I get a lot of my wanderlust from Santiago’s desire to see the World. I was so surprised when I first read it. It wasn’t hard to read or comprehend. The language was quite simple, it was the book’s plot that was more complex. I’ve read it twice and I cannot believe that I only read it for the first time this year, so thank you 2016.

The second book I recommend is The Catcher in the Rye. Now, I first read this book in sixth grade and I now realize that Holden Caulfield would believe sixth grade me was a phony. In sixth grade I basically only read half the book, yet carried it around everywhere trying to send the message, “Hey everyone! Look how smart I am! I’m only in sixth grade! Did you read these types of books in SIXTH grade? Hmmm? Didn’t think so!” I’m putting this book on my recommendation list this year because I reread it this year, the whole thing. I actually understood everything this time around and at certain times relate to Holden. I mean, everyone is growing up around me and telling me to grow up as well, and though most times I want to grow up and become independent and explore, I still don’t think I’m ready to let go of my childhood. Back when I was a kid everything was easier and you could have an adventure in your back yard! Now everyone is so stressed, I’m stressed, my friends are stressed, my parents are stressed, my teachers are stressed! We need to all take a giant yoga class… I think I just found the way to World peace, that or stress relieving candles would work…Wow! I just went way off topic, anyways, The Catcher in the Rye is very good, you should read it, thank you.

The third book on my list was actually given to be by Abby and I finished in one seating, loving every bit of it. It is called Salt to the Sea. It gives four different perspectives of people fleeing danger. Well three actually, one of the characters, Alfred, worships Hitler, I did not like reading his perspective because he was so full of himself. On the bright side, I loved Florian, Joana, and Emilia and their perspectives. Florian and Joana’s romance is just amazing. I cried a lot while reading this book, but I loved every bit of it… other than Alfred, when you read it, you will understand how easy it is to loathe him.

The fourth book I recommend is I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives. It is about a girl from Pennsylvania and her pen pal Martin who lives in Africa. The two exchange letters for more than four years and become best friend’s with their pen pal. The book is true and very uplifting and I really enjoyed it. I suggest you read it as well.

My fifth and final book was written by my idol, Mindy Kaling. It is titled, Why Not Me? It is a hilarious book that just talks about her life and her opinions and her weird relationship with her soup snake B.J. Novak. Mindy, if you are reading, you and B.J. just need to get married! Please! Stop teasing the public! Mindy’s book is what inspired me to write a blog so if I hadn’t read it, this blog would not be here, so you should defiantly read it.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and if I actually have a viewer for once, please recommend a book in the comments, I really need a new one!

Stay Gold,

Josie

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