Book Recommendations: The All-Time Favorite Kind

Not all books have the ability to keep getting to you no matter how many times you read them. Both personal differences as well as the quality of the book play a factor in deciding which books go on your list of personal all time favorites. Here are some of my personal favorites which I think have fantastically captivating plot-lines.

1) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 

I recently read this book in the month of February and it is about an average seventeen-year-old girl named Mare Barrow. She’s average until a magical power changes her life and lands her in a dangerous situation.  The plot twist in this book is great! (Spoiler alert: there is a super mind twisting betrayal involved).

2) Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

You must have already heard of this book and if you haven’t read it already I really don’t know what you are waiting for. This book has a really sentimental value for me. I read it when I was nineteen and it left a huge impact on me. The protagonist Charlie is far too relatable. He is sensitive and introverted and those were the personality traits that defined me, especially when I was younger. When I reread it as an adult, there was this huge overwhelming wave of nostalgia. This book will always have a special place in my heart. Its a very unconventional but beautiful coming of age story.

  3) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens 

The story is set in both London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It focuses on a cast of different characters in the two cities. I really didn’t know anything about the French Revolution, but I learned a lot about it through this book. Obviously, there is a lot of politics in here but there is also a lot of mystery, hidden meanings and deceit. It’s totally a wild ride! Plus Dickens gets real here. He shows you the suffering of the lower classes and it pulls at all the strings of your heart.

4) The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzegerald 

Nick Carraway moves to Long Island in the 1920s where a bunch of super rich people are living it up. There are decadent parties and excessive spending. This book captures the essence of the roaring 20s with its social upheaval and idealism. When you are reading this book, look for symbolism because that’s a big part of this book and it’s going to affect your perception of it greatly.

 5) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

Jane Austen is one my favorite writers. Most of her novels are comedies of manners. They are satirical commentaries on the upper social class and its rules in the 1800s. Pride and Prejudice is one of her most popular novels. Headstrong, willful and proud Elizabeth Bennet has four sisters and a very overbearing mother whose sole purpose in life, in line with societal expectations, is to marry them all off.  But they aren’t the wealthiest of families, and when some very rich and well connected men walk into their lives, drama is bound to ensue.

By Marielyn Selvarajah

BA English Language and Literature, 2nd year.

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