By Jessica Lee
Since the beginning of January, I have seen so many posts on social media asking for advice on what book to read. I grew up an avid reader and bookworm, so I love when I see my friends sharing the same interest and passion.
Reading more books seems to be a very common resolution. Some people who read dozens of books in 2017 want to exceed that book count, some people want to read an entire series, and some people have the goal to read just one or two books.
Whatever kind of book interests you, here are some good reads to help you succeed in your goal.
Short and Compelling
“We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart is actually a juvenile fiction book, so it is an easier read that other novels. However, that doesn’t mean it’s boring or not relevant. In fact, my jaw dropped several times while reading this book. As soon as I finished, I started passing it around for others to read. It is so haunting that I still think about it.
Adventurous and Lasting
“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood has heated up in the past year. Between a popular podcast and a Hulu series based on the book, many people have been reading it for themselves. I can honestly say that it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is equal parts emotional and exciting.
Mysterious and Addicting
“The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor was the last book that I read in 2017 and I would definitely recommend. There are several mysteries and plot twists that keep you on your toes. It is also intriguing to have the narrator tell the story from his twelve-year-old self and now, as a middle aged man. I actually read this in one sitting - I was that hooked!
Classic and Revealing
“The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis is one of those books that everyone should read in their lifetime. Not only is it an enjoyable piece of literature, but it reveals so much about your life and who you think you are and what you believe. It is a book that opens your eyes and stays with you.
Emotional and Riveting
“Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult was a book that as soon as I finished it, I sat in silence and shock. It took me a long time to recover, to stop daydreaming of different endings, to stop rereading passages. You will truly feel every emotion as you read this book – sadness, shock, betrayal, understanding, horror, hope, and anger.
Funny and Entertaining
“Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris made me laugh out loud and quote his stories. This is the only collection of short stories in this list, which makes it a little bit of an easier read since you can start and stop whenever. While it is hilarious and entertaining, it is also touching and inspiring.
I hope one of these books makes it onto your New Years Resolution list. Let us know what other books you are loving in 2018 in the comments below!