If you ask a reader person what’s their favorite book, you’ll likely have to wait for a while until they answer, because it’s definitely hard to choose a single book from all the books one has read in their life.
However, if you extend the range to five books, you may not have to wait so long. So today, I’m going to share with you five books that have marked me.
1. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The first book I’ve read since I can remember, this short novel by Saint-Exupéry left me a message I’ve never forgotten: to not forget to be a child at heart. The innocence of a child is truly wonderful. I would choose this book as my all time favorite.
2. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
A girl before we were friends recommended me this book, a must read for any book lover, and she was right. This book is beautiful, from the plot to the environment. The narrative of Ruiz Zafón takes you into the book’s world, and automatically you forget that you are reading and begin to actually live it. The characters are so well developed throughout the story, and the ending is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s also the first of a saga called “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books”.
3. The Outsiders – Susan E. Hinton
Read this when I was 15 years old, this book reflects the reality of gang youth looking to belong to something. The ending made me cry, and it takes a lot for a book to make me cry to be honest. You’ll fall in love with every single one of the members of the gang, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, its a rollercoaster of emotions guaranteed to make you want to stay gold. There’s also a movie based on it starring Ralph Macchio and Tom Cruise if you’re interested.
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
This book is so bizarre and so aesthetic at the same time it definitely deserves a place in my favorite books. The inclusion of black and white photographs with strange people in them make an excellent compliment to a delicious reading. Its also the first of a saga of three books. Also, DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE. Ew.
5. The Lord of the Rings Saga – J.R.R. Tolkien
I couldn’t choose just one of this incredible trilogy by Tolkien. His ability to create a complete mythology that involves more than five books is one of the best things I’ve ever read. I can’t give specific details because I do not know which ones to choose, but this is definitely a must read (I mean, all of the five books I recommended are a must read but you get me). Of course you’ve heard about the movies based on the saga. WATCH THEM.
And that would be it! I’m sure there are more books that have left a mark on me, but these were the first I could think of. What about you? What are the five books that have marked your life?
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