I am a voracious reader. I love the feel of a book in my hands. I love “new book smell,” I love connecting to the characters. Personally, I love a good book recommendation and I figured that you may as well. Without further ado, here are my top five favorite books:
This book will literally break your heart into a million tiny pieces. I cannot say enough about this book. Redeeming Love is a novel based on the story of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible. This book will make you laugh, cry and most of all remind you of how great God’s love is towards humanity.
Pride and Prejudice
This book is a classic. It’s the kind of book that you read under the Christmas tree with a cup of cocoa, all the while pinning for your very own Mr. Darcy. The language of the story is stunning. Pride and Prejudice is the story of true love in an era where marrying for love was very uncommon. This is a must read.
Okay. So I will admit that this story is somewhat twisted. The story centers around Catherine and Heathcliff, step-siblings who fall deeply in love in the mid 1800’s. Heathcliff is an abused, damaged man, and although he is absolutely horrible, he is the character that you love to hate. Overall this book has some of the most incredible quotes, and always forces me to reevaluate my standards of love. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Catherine about Heathcliff.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite author. As a writer I am so drawn to him. He has such a beautiful way with words. I will read anything that he has written. The Great Gatsby is timeless and hopeless and absolutely wonderful. Nobody can describe a scene or a moment quite Fitzgerald. I always tell people that I am a Fitzgerald Fanatic, so in my opinion, Gatsby is a must read. Even if you’ve already read it, reread it. I promise that you’ll fall in love with Jay Gatsby all over again.
The Last Tycoon
Yet another one of Fitzgerald’s works, The Last Tycoon is his last unfinished novel. This novel is little known and underappreciated, yet such an incredible work. Luckily, Fitzgerald left his author’s notes, so that even after his death we could discover the end of the story. Once you get past the fact that the novel is unfinished, I promise, you will enjoy it immensely.
I hope that these book recommendations have inspired you to start your summer reading list with a bang!