Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
This is a unique classic about a boy named Holden Caulfield and his three day journey on the streets of New York after leaving his prep school in Pennsylvania.
Upon hearing this book is a classic, I was expecting something like Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, but this author's style was very different. From what I've heard, people either love this book or think it's over-rated. I loved it!
“Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This novel is about Hazel, a cancer patient, whose story changes after she meets a certain someone at the Cancer Kid Support Group. Read my first review of the book here. I basically said it was very sad and beautiful but didn't make me cry and I took ages to finish reading. Nevertheless it was one of the most well-written books I've read and of course, highly quotable.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
One of my favourite novels, it's about Miles, a sheltered boy obsessed with last words of famous people who is looking for his 'Great Perhaps' in life. He heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School and there he meets the gorgeous Alaska Young and his journey is changed forever.
“Thomas Edison's last words were 'It's very beautiful over there'. I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.”
4. Extremely Loud Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
I can't say much here. This novel is full of quotes like the one below and it's definitely worth reading!
“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can't tell fast enough, the ears that aren't big enough, the eyes that can't take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.”
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
The coming-of-age story of an intelligent and socially awkward boy named Charlie. He has spent his life living on the sidelines, but after he makes some new friends, he begins to see what it is like to actually live in the world, instead of just observing it. The author's narration of Charlie's experiences is remarkable and this is another one of my favourites.
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”
Read any books lately that should be on this list? Let me know!
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