13 Must-Reads

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I’ve put together all my fave reads those will never be overthrown from the pedestal of their ultimate awesomeness. Years will come and go, but these stories will always remain my top 13. You definitely should know them in person.

01

1984

by George Orwell

“1984” is a dystopia, came in 1949. The author describes the spirit of totalitarianism and the life of MC in the society where “Big Brother’s always watching you.” The love is forbidden as every strong feeling, that can cause trouble to your loyalty. It doesn’t matter how hard it is to keep in secret your beliefs, you will be punished for this and the government will break you down. I was genuinely worried about the protagonist and his storyline and felt deeply disappointed with his weak will.

02

Shantaram

by Gregory David Roberts

The “Shantaram” book can be divided into two parts as for my taste. The first one describes the whole universe of Indian culture, people, caste, architecture, human kindness, and simplicity. While I was reading this part, I tried to stop myself from running to the computer and buying the first caught ticket to Bombay. Anyway, this country and its culture fascinates you and calls you to come.

But!

I don’t like the second part of it because it’s all about war, and the war description is so realistic that I felt it with my skin. Sounds more like a compliment than a dislike, I know. I don’t want you to think this book doesn’t deserve your attention. Simply I don’t like the war and everything that describes it. In the rest, the book is an exciting adventure. Join it and the second book in series The Mountain Shadow. Don’t forget to tell everyone you are busy for the next 880 pages.

03

Ender's Game

by Orson Scott Card

If you want to live out a story fulfilled with adventures, space, aliens and genius kids, here it is, a brilliant example that all our deeds have their consequences, and that everything is fair in love and war. The more enjoyable storyline than the Ender’s one is about his brother and sister, and it’s a pity that it wasn’t entirely disclosed in the movie.

04

The Fountainhead

by Ayn Rand

Of all the books I’ve read, this one is topnotch.

It came in 1943 and was written by the great American writer and philosopher Ayn Rand. The main idea of the story is that every gifted and originative person inevitably will be cynical, narcissistic, self-confident and ready to sacrifice everything to reach the goal. The story about ups and downs of every being who gained success, about caste in the privileged society, about a lack of desire to move forward and create something new when you need to break the rules, about wrong judgments and great egoism. And of course, this book is about the great love and devotion. Once upon a time, it was recommended to me, and still, it is on the top of my list. I want you to get the same reading experience as I had.

05

Flowers for Algernon

by Daniel Keyes

Truly fable story but very sensitive and kind, with a drop of sadness and desperation, but after all, you’ll have a lot to think about. It tells you that kindness doesn’t depend on your IQ level, that happiness and success is a very subjective concept. The story teaches you to love yourself as you are, but once you decide to change yourself, there will be no turning back.

06

Harry Potter

by J. K.  Rowling

I can’t skip mentioning it. This book is epic, and it will live not only on our bookshelves, but in our hearts, and I believe in the hearts of our kids and kids of their kids. “Harry Potter” is where the magic starts and never ends.

07

Me Before You

by Jojo Moyes

Laugh out loud and cry, until you leave a tiny piece of your soul on the pages of this book just right behind the ocean of salt tears and a hill of napkins. It gave me a feeling of love and drained me emotional, so I had to ponder over the social problem that is described in the book and form my attitude in calm.

08

The Fault In Our Stars

by John Green

Every word in this book is saturated with love on fingertips. Everyone deserves this kind of love and being loved back no matter how much time is left because in this case time is an immeasurable treasure.

09

If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

Life is unfair, but even if you’ve lost everything and it seems like you’ve been broken into pieces, there must be left one person that will remind you what to live for. And life will desperately want you to bump into each other.

10

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Game series is insane. They’d grabbed my attention from the first chapter and left me craving for more as I had to wait for every new book to be released, and then thе movies came with one year distance each. It’s all about suffering as you can see. The book world is so unfair when you take series of books for reading. Anyway, I had my time to finish them, and it was a fantastic, fascinating, exciting, enchanting and breathtaking read. Thanks a lot, Suzanne Collins!

11

The Infernal Devices

by Cassandra Clare

Even better than The Mortal Instruments: more intriguing, less vanilla love, a story with a touch of medieval romanticism and, of course, self-sacrifice. The books provide the reader with the answers to the questions left after The Mortal Instruments series and again make this soul-crush thing. Cassandra Clare is very good at setting off the readers emotions like on a roller-coaster. Let me mention The Dark Artifices series here as well to form a formidable ocean of tears and melting hearts. Here you go.

12

A Game of Thrones

by George R. R. Martin

I want to thank the author for the numerous books in series as my husband decided to make me the best gift ever (my first Kindle) and to save the space on our bookshelves. (Like I’d never want to buy a book afterward.) Yeah, I got my first reading device under strange and funny circumstances. Well, I have to pay tribute to all these classy books and to the great story where you never know who’s gonna be killed next, even if you are Cumberbatch’s Sherlock. And thanks, Grandpa George, for changing the plot in the Game of Thrones episodes entirely. You’ve laughed at our readers’ faces not once.

13

A Court of Thorns and Roses

by Sarah J. Maas

Hello, Feyre darling! You have a well-deserved spot on my list. You are the cherry on the pie of the 13 sweet reads. I will never forget the May of 2017 as it entirely consisted of Feyre, Rhys, and Prythian, of love triangles, Illyrian warriors, wing-beat in the night sky and falling stars. And of course, I was absolutely completely entirely heartbroken that May. If I’ve managed to write a one-word review, it’d be “thankyoumoreplease’. Yeah, that was four but count them all as one. In this case, they can’t be separated. Sometimes words are unnecessary, and opinions don’t matter.