Coffeehouse Chatter's MOST REREAD BOOKS!
Some books are good, but are they read until the spine breaks good?
This list is not actually ranked (because that's impossible for me) but actually just a showcase of all of my ALL TIME favorites!
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
This was one of the first ever books I read about mental illness. It really affected me at the time, and I haven't stopped rereading it since.
2. Misery - Stephen King
Paul Sheldon. He's a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader - she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.
The Stephen King book that sparked my love for his work. I had read some of his works before, but after I read this, I became a true fan.
3. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
This book came around at the PERFECT time for me. I was of the right age and mindset to read this heartbreaking and romantic tale. Needless to say, it left a lasting impression on me.
4. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
I read this in my sophomore year of high school and I've read it many times since. I love the book and everything it stands for. If you've never read this, pick it up -- seriously.
The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia" -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
This one is a bit cliche, I feel. Regardless, when I first read this book I thought it was amazing that it was written so long ago yet still so relatable in the present day. Even now, years later, it's more relevent than ever and that is so amazing.
6. The Twilight Saga Complete Collection
Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, The Twilight Saga capture the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires.
Ok, so I'm kind of embarassed by this... but it's true. In fact, this is probably the series I've read most in my life. The books came out when I was 11 so I was in the target audience, and up until I was about 16 I read this over and over again. So, of course it's on this list!
To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.
It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.
Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
My all time favorite book! I am actually currently rereading this and loving it as much this time as all the others.
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