As some of you may know, I have always truly loved reading and try to make as much time for this hobby of mine as possible. I have formed a list of favorites over the years and today I am going to discuss my top 5 favorite books of all time and why I love them so dearly. Now onto my top 5 favorite books of all time.
Synopsis: Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .After. Nothing is ever the same.
Why I love it: Because it’s such a tragic yet beautiful story and anyone who has read it can vouch for that. John Green is a fabulous author and I have read the majority of his books and this one is without a doubt his best.
Synopsis: Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It’s a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope.
Why I love it: Back in the day for some odd reason, I was mildly obsessed with reading books about people with drug addictions and this one just stuck with me. I believe that this story resonated with me even more because it is non fiction and while I am not typically into non fiction, the fact that he was telling his story made it all the more interesting.
Synopsis: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
Why I love it: Well, who doesn’t love a good mystery? When I heard this was coming out as a movie last year, I had to read it prior to the movie’s release date…and let me tell you, this was a book that I did not want to put down. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I suggest you read the book first…and even if you have, I think it’s still a must read.
Synopsis: Danny Cassidy couldn’t remember if he’d killed the cop. So begins one man’s journey through his fifty-year-old history and conscience in Long Time Gone, Denis Hamill’s gripping novel set in the back streets and alleyways of Brooklyn, U.S.A. It’s the year 2001 when Danny, a divorced journalist, returns to his old neighborhood for his father’s funeral. He’s spent all of his adult life trying to leave Brooklyn behind him — along with all the drugs, music, and other psychedelic memories from the sixties spent on Hippie Hill. But now that the box of rain has been opened there’s no turning back, and Danny must face some painful truths about the woman he used to love — and her father, a police officer, whom he may or may not have killed. By turns a thriller, a detective story, and a coming-of-age tale, Long Time Gone is a bittersweet love letter to a lost New York that no reader will soon forget.
Why I love it: Not going to lie, I randomly found this on my parent’s bookshelf and decided to pick it up. I did not expect to love it as much as I did. It’s definitely a good mystery and will keep you guessing throughout its entirety.
Synopsis: Love can be a very dangerous thing.
After her sister left, Caitlin felt lost.Then she met Rogerson. When she’s with him, nothing seems real. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?
Why I love it: It’s just a heartbreaking YA novel. You really start to feel for the main character and her dysfunctional relationship. This is one of the first books that brought me to tears and that is part of the reason why it will always be on my favorites list because most books do not get me that emotionally invested.
What are your top 5 favorite books? Let me know down in the comments.
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