5 Books Everyone Needs to Read

by - 8/23/2019

Hello Lovelies!

In my reading journey, there have been a number of books that have stood out to me, not only because they were amazing reads, but because they stood for something and most definitely made me think and cry. So if you're interested in a good cry and multiple waves of emotion, try checking these out!

1 | Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around. Lazlo has been obsessed with the mysterious city of Weep ever since he could remember. An Atlantis-style mystery, how shocked is he when natives from Weep come strolling into his neighborhood asking for help? Is Weep everything that he longed it would be, or is it shrouded in the mystery that he's been researching on all of his life? Well, that was a little too descriptive of me, but I am so in love with this book. I did a full review of this here, so please read for more and prepare to fall in loooooove with the plot and the characters.

2 | Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman | Normal people don't want to cry because the plan they've processed in their head is suddenly not the plan that's going to happen. I did a full review of this book here, but to me, it's so much more than a review. This book hit me so hard in the feels, not just because of the topics that it touches on, but because this could be such an important story to someone who feels the same. Having a character go through something similar and seeing how they deal with it could be helpful to others.

3 | Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg | You know, a heart can be broken, but it keeps on beating, just the same. I don't think I have any more emotion in my heart after this book. I thought the movie was intense, but the book... the book is EVERYTHING. Once again, I've done a full review here, but there are really just not enough words in any language that could properly describe what this book is and means. If you choose to read only one thing from this list, please let it be this one.

4 | The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank  | People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn't stop you from having your own opinion. It's fair to say that everyone has read this, I believe. It's in most school curriculum's. It made the list because to me it's just too important not to. History repeats itself, but we can only hope that this book, if nothing else, can remind us of the horrors of war and people. Reading this is never easy, but I try to read it as often as I can. Forgetting important works like this is a mistake I don't intend to make.

5 | The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom | Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from the inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves. If you really want to ugly cry, then this is the book for you. Short, but hard hitting, this is a book that made me both incredibly sad and incredibly thoughtful. It's one of my favorites for both of those reasons. There isn't too much I'm going to say on this, because you really just need to read it.

BONUS! | The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom | Because we embrace our scars more than our healing. We can recall the exact day we got hurt, but who remembers the day the wound was gone? The biggest surprise in my life is getting a sequel to number 5. What wasn't a surprise was that the ugly crying definitely carried over. I didn't think I could feel anything more for a book, but Mitch proved me wrong. I know I'm a broken record at this point, but reading this will make you sad and happy and hopeful and just about everything else you can think of.

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