Although many are switching to the conveniencies associated with e-books, I find that a tangible book is truly like nothing else. From the smell of the pages to the finely inked print, I adore reading. That is why I have compiled a list of several books that are worth the read if you ever are able to grab a hold of them.
1. K-PAX by Gene Brewer
Adapted into a movie in 2001, K-PAX is a story about a man who has (spoiler alert) created an identity for himself as an extra terrestrial species in order to cope with a psychological impact in his life. K-PAX dives into the world of mental disorder and had me glued to both the pages and the television screen.
You’re probably going to end up reading this for school at some point. I read it with some students in my AP Literature class for a “Chick-lit” series we did – basically, literature written by women. Jane Eyre follows through the story of a young girl who has a tragic childhood, but is able to overcome all of her difficulties and ultimately seeks what she desires – which is love, in this case, a man named Rochester. Although I did not care too much for the ending, overall the book was pretty good!
3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Honestly, I read this book when I was twelve years old. I wish I had appreciated it more back then, but the book is fairly short and simple. John Steinbeck, who happens to be my favorite author (and the writer of several other famous books including The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden,) cultivates our minds with his creativity, amazing story line, and ability to execute such an intriguing plan through his words. This is seen through many of his works.
4. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Okay, so this one isn’t necessarily a book – it is, instead an “absurdist” play. Inside of the story line, two men are waiting upon the arrival of another person named Godot. While they wait for Godot to arrive, they go through a variety of emotion, including both hopelessness and even graze the idea of suicide as a result. The play is very obscure, and I believe holds significant meaning. The fact that the two men barely know – and would not even recognize Godot when they were face-to-face with him provides the idea that the men live meaningless lives and falls on the basic principle of, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
May I just say – wow, I have never shed so many tears at a book before. The story is a Christian fiction novel based upon Ezra, if I’m not mistaken. The woman in the story is put into prostitution from an early age, and struggles to break out of it. Eventually, a man is divinely instructed by God to marry her. Because she does not know anything else, she keeps running back to her old ways – and he runs after her every single time – mirroring the love that God has for us all. Personally, I don’t care for Christian novels too much, but this one was definitely worth the read.