So many books, so little time! If there’s a dilemma that many bookworms share, it’s finding enough hours in a day to read everything they want to. With the vast amount of books available, however, this is certainly an impossible feat. Now, that doesn’t mean you should give up altogether! There are ways to make the most of your available reading time, and that’s by choosing the right literature to read. After all, what use is a well-stocked dairy if every book is just collecting dust?
Instead, make a shortlist of must-read books and start with those. They need not be classic literature or one that’s meant to expand your knowledge. Reading is all about finding a degree of escapism and pleasure, so choose your titles as such. If you’re feeling a little lost, though, here are five of our recommended books that every book lover should read.
1.Shatter Me, by Tahere Mafi
Let’s start with a title that’s a bit unknown to the average reader. We’re sure you already know how great the Harry Potter or Percy Jackson series is, so we highly suggest giving this one as an excellent alternative. The first book is a trilogy, so you’ll have plenty of material to read! The protagonist of the series is Juliette, a 17-year-old who lives in a dystopian version of the world we know today. Her character radiates the same electricity as X-Men’s Rogue, so fans of the show will find her somewhat familiar.
It’s a coming-of-age story, but with a twist that’s sure to keep readers hooked. If you’re tired of the usual happy stories but also want something that isn’t too much of a downer, then give this one a try.
2.The Stand, by Stephen King
It’s safe to say that every bookwork should give Stephen King’s works a try, even if they aren’t that big of a horror fan. His writing style alone is something to aspire to, and his grasp of suspense will certainly turn anyone into an avid reader. To his credit, The Stand is no different from all his previous books and is just as heavy on the creep factor as the others.
Continuing on a dystopic theme, the book follows Randall and the first few days following the arrival of a plague in the United States. While not for the faint of heart, the book is both captivating and haunting at the same time.
3.A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
The TV adaptation was arguably one of the best shows in recent years, despite the fact that it still did not manage to fully encapsulate the universe found within the pages of the book. It is for this reason that George R.R. Martin’s fans often urge others to make the investment and give it a read because only then will they truly experience the magnificence of the world that the author has created.
The books will take you into a deep dive into the characters’ thoughts and personal journeys, something that the show was not able to do because of certain limitations. Fantasy fans will find plenty to love, and it isn’t just the dragons or the wights that will leave readers enraptured.
4.Legend, by Marie Lu
With the book set to be adapted into a film, we highly recommend reading it beforehand! If you’re looking for character depth and a unique plot, then Legend will give you a degree of both. The first book is set in a modern-day version of the United States called the Republic. It follows the story of June and Day, whose contrasting personalities create a great dynamic that’s hard to tear away from.
You won’t find any predictable plot twists in the text, and certain plotlines might leave you scratching your head, but there lies the beauty of the story. Its unpredictability will make it difficult for you to put the book down.
5.The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
There’s a good reason why many consider this epic as the “granddaddy” of all fantasy novels. Not only did it provide many of its successors with a blueprint when it comes to world-building, but it also set a very high standard when it comes to the genre. You’ll understand why online classes are taught about these books! It might be a bold claim for some, but everyone should give the series a read in this lifetime. If only to see the depth of work that went into it, including the creation of an entirely new language and form of writing!
While the films were gorgeous, to say the least, nothing beats the source material. There are simply too many things in it that did not make the cut in the movies. All of which are necessary for you to really see the degree of magic and wonder that makes The Lord of the Rings one of the finest works of literature—regardless of the genre.