There are a lot of books you read. But, there are some which are close to your heart. You read these books again and again..and again! These are the five books I cannot get enough of:
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling:
Okay, so it’s 7 books, not 1. Or, the way I see it, it’s 7 horcruxes of a whole.
Goodreads synopsis:Orphan Harry learns he is a wizard on 11th birthday when Hagrid escorts him to magic-teaching Hogwarts School. As a baby, his mother’s love protected him and vanquished villain Voldemort, leaving child famous as “The Boy who Lived”. With friends Hermione and Ron, he has to win over the returned “One Who Must Not Be Named”. Not all his friends survive massive war.
I read the series religiously every year. The books never fail to pick me up. If I’m facing a reading slump, I just read the series once again. For I know that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome me back home.
2. We The Living by Ayn Rand:
“Because, you see, God—whatever anyone chooses to call God—is one’s highest conception of the highest possible. And whoever places his highest conception above his own possibility thinks very little of himself and his life. It’s a rare gift, you know, to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best, the greatest, the highest possible, here, now, for your very own. To imagine a heaven and then not to dream of it, but to demand it.”
What a beautiful quote! I really admire Ayn Rand. While The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged (other books by Rand) made me understand her philosophy objectivism, We The Living has a more human touch to it. It makes you look deep in to your soul and question all your beliefs.
First published in 1936, the theme of this classic novel is the struggle of the individual against the state. It portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings who demand the right to live their own lives an pursue their own happiness. It tells of a young woman’s passionate love, held like a fortress against the corrupting evil of a totalitarian state.
We the Living is not a story of politics, but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the Red banners and slogans. It is a picture of what those slogans do to human beings. What happens to the defiant ones? What happens to those who succumb.
Against a vivid panorama of political revolution and personal revolt, Ayn Rand shows what the theory of socialism means in practice.
This book made me read more about Communism and Soviet Russia, about how life under such a totalitarian regime would be. I would recommend everyone to read this book at least once, just to understand that you are in this life alone. You have to go out there and become great, for the power is within you to do great things in life.
3. The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer:
I’ve read this brilliant book from Archer way too many times! And I’ll continue reading it again and again. The protagonist, Florentyna Rosnovski, is characterized very well.
With a will of steel, Polish immigrant Florentyna Rosnovski is indeed Abel’s daughter. She shares with her father a love of America, his ideals, and his dream for the future. But she wants more to be the first female president.
Golden boy Richard Kane was born into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful, handsome, and determined to carve his own path in the world-and to
build a future with the woman he loves.
With Florentyna’s ultimate goal only a heartbeat away, both are about to discover the shattering price of power as a titanic battle of betrayal and deception reaches out from the past-a blood feud between two generations that threatens to destroy everything Florentyna and Richard have fought to achieve.
The first time I read this book, I did not know that this was a sequel to Kane & Abel. To this day, I have not read Kane & Abel (shameful, I know) but most of that story was also covered in this book. The third part, Shall We Tell The President, was a disappointing finish to this wonderful series.
4. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell:
My interest in the genre of crime fiction is mainly due to Patricia Cornwell. This book introduced us to bad ass medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. Kay will forever be one of my FFFs (Favorite Fictional Females :D). You should totally read this page turner if you love thrillers.
Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it’s being sabotaged from within—and someone wants her dead.
It has been a while since I re-read this book, but writing this is tempting me to pick it up and disappear in to the world of Scarpetta, Marino, and Wesley once again!
5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman:
Book #1 of The Unwind Dystology. An exceptional book that will make you question the pro-life and pro-choice debate.
Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
It has complex characters and you peel layer after layer throughout the book. This book will make you cry, it is heart wrenching. I started off not expecting much. It ended up exceeding my expectations, so much so that I hunted down the remaining books and finished the whole series in a span of three days. The series is just as amazing every time I read it again.
So, there you have it! These are the books I’ve read multiple times. Do you have any such books whose pages are worn from you re-re-…reading it? Do let me know in the comments!