Nine Books You Should Read

There’s nothing like curling up with a good book! In celebration of me getting David Wong’s John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders this week, I decided share a couple of my favorite books with you guys. 

Speak: Speak follows high school freshman Melinda. She doesn’t have many friends and is considered an outcast because she called the cops during a party over the summer. In addition to dealing with her first year of high school, she also has to come to terms with what happened to her at the party. She was raped and her rapist is an upperclassman at her school who still poses a threat.

Speak is one of the books that I drew from when I wrote Madness. I love it because Laurie Halse Anderson talks about coping with rape tastefully and honestly. It’s relatable and honest, and you want to see Melinda triumph over her issues. Once you pick it up, you won’t put it down until you’re finished.

Cell: This book scared the crap out of me when I read it. A bunch of unsuspecting people answer their cell phones and turn into lunatics, basically launching the world as we know it into chaos/the apocalypse. As usual Stephen King tells a chilling tale. The scary thing is this could actually happen. Eek.

The Last of the Mohicans: This novel follows the adventures of Hawkeye and his Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas during the French and Indian War. There’s kidnapping, betrayal, ambushes and lots of trickery. It’s a fun and fast paced read and has a tragic, yet fitting ending. After all, in life we can’t all live happily ever after.

Animal Farm: Animal farm is about a group of animals on a farm living under the rule of a cruel farmer. One day the animals decide to revolt and chase the farmer away. They begin to lead a happier lifestyle and run the farm themselves. However, the happiness, peace, and equality the animals worked so hard to create slowly begins to erode as new leaders rise on the farm.

Animal Farm is one of my favorite books because it packs such a powerful and complex message in a simple manner. You can’t help but feel sorry for the animals as their utopia falls apart.  You become so engrossed in the story, hoping the animals will take another stand against their new oppressors or that they figure it out something is wrong is sooner. It’s a very powerful book.

The Tommyknockers: Writer Bobbi Anderson uncovers a buried space craft in Haven, Maine. The spacecraft releases a gas into the atmosphere that changes the townspeople. They become smarter and more inventive, but they do not gain philosophical or ethical insights to guide them. They change physically too. Bobbi’s friend and fellow writer, James Gardener, comes for a visit and sees what the ship is doing to Bobbi and the town. The question is, will he be able to stop it.

I love this book because it serves a warning to technology, radiation, nuclear weapons/power, and the ethics involved in power/politics.  It’s an interesting and fun read.

Club Dead: Club Dead is the third installment in the Southern Vampire Mysteries series. In this book, Sookie Stackhouse goes to Jackson, Mississippi to retrieve her boyfriend Bill who has been kidnapped while working on a secret project. With the help of another vampire, Eric Northman, and a werewolf, Alcide Herveaux, she uncovers a lot more than she bargained for.

As a lot of you know I LOVE True Blood (even though it deviated WAY from the books and after a certain point in the series that’s not such a bad thing). It was fun comparing the show to the books. It’s a really fun and fast paced read too. If you like vampires, humor, and a quick mystery you’ll like it too.

The Count of Monte Cristo: This an awesome tale of betrayal, revenge and love. The Count of Monte Cristo follows Edmond Dantes who is falsely imprisoned. Just as he is about to end his life, a fellow prisoner helps him escape. He acquires a huge fortune and plots revenge on those who betrayed him. Despite his intentions to only harm the guilty, there are dire consequences for the innocent as well.  

The Picture of Dorian Gray: This novel focuses on a handsome young man named Dorian Gray. After being introduced to Lord Henry Wotten through mutual friend and painter, Basil, Dorian becomes infatuated with his own beauty and wishes that the portrait would turn old instead. Once he realizes his wish has come true, Dorian starts to live a live of depravity. I love this book because of the vivid imagery and the questions it raises about morals, ethics, and beauty. The ending is awesome!

Flowers for Algernon: Flowers for Algernon follows Charlie Gordon, a 32-year-old man with phenylketonuria and IQ of 68. Charlie is chosen to become a human test subject for a new surgical technique that increases intelligence. The operation was successfully performed on a mouse named Algernon. As Charlie’s intelligence and understanding of the world increases, his relationships with others decline. Soon his intelligence surpasses the doctors and scientists who preformed the experiment. Although it seemed to be a scientific breakthrough, Algernon’s condition deteriorates. The question is, will the same thing happen to Charlie.

I love this book because it shows how cruel people can be. When Charlie wasn’t smart, people liked him because they could get away with treating him like crap and making jokes at his expense. When they can’t anymore, he becomes disliked and envied. It also explores ethics, morals, and intellect.

What are some of your favorite books? Have you read any of these? Sound off in the comments below! 

4 thoughts on “Nine Books You Should Read

  1. Interesting list, I have read 3 out of the 9 books (Animal Farm, Cell and Flowers for Algernon) – I need to make time to read the others, the Dorian Gray one sounds awesome! x

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