Are you always bored of the same old books people recommend you? Sure, The Fault In Our Stars is a great book and almost everyone has read it, but what are some other interesting titles that you maybe haven’t heard of? Here are eight books that you HAVE to put in your reading list!
1. Sounder by William H. Armstrong
This book is about a family and a coon dog named Sounder, their family is struggling to find food for themselves, but everything changes when a sheriff comes through their front door. This book has an amazing flow to it and it makes you feel grateful for what you have.
2. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Melody can’t speak or write, everyone’s first judgement of her is plain stupid, but no one knows she overpasses her classmates at school. But when she gets a computer who can speak for her everyone starts thinking otherwise. This book really brings the saying ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ to life! The book brings tears to your eyes by the ending, both happy and sad. One of my favorite books of all time.
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The book starts with Liesel getting adopted, in her new home she realizes she doesn’t belong there and doesn’t fit in. She doesn’t know how to read but she goes through great struggles of stealing, lying and sneaking to learn to do it. All this was nothing compared to the upcoming war. Have I mentioned that this is all narrated by ‘Death’? This realistic fiction is a real page turner, and you won’t be able to take your eyes off of the ink on paper!
4. So B. It by Sarah Weeks
So B. It is about a girl named Heidi who has a disabled mother (who calls herself So B. It), the person who takes care of her lives next door but also happens to have agoraphobia. Her mother always repeated the word ‘soof’, and Heidi, after finding some old pictures of her mother, decided to go on an adventure to New York. You won’t be able to get the book out of your sight.
5. Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
This book is about a boy named Mafatu who is scared of the water. Their island is known for their courage, Mafatu was teased his entire life but it all changes when he gets a boat, ready to face his fears. I have read this book so many times and every time I read it, it gives the same emotions it did when I first read it. It may be a short book, but the message it gives is enormous.
6. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
When athletic Jessica loses a leg from a car accident she sees her life as over. That is, until she meets Rosa and all of a sudden she gets support from places she had never imagined to get support from. She is encouraged to participate in a race with a prosthetic leg, but the race has a deeper meaning than winning for Jessica. I love this book because it gives off a positive message. The author does a great job of expressing her feelings, which makes us, readers, intrigued by the detail and eager to know what happens next!
7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This book is based on twin sisters, Wren, who likes to party and socialize, and Cath, who prefers the comfort of home to socializing. But when they go off to university, Cath will be faced with challenges which will cause her to open her heart that she has kept locked for years. This book is relatable on so many ways and it expresses the meaning of sibling love.
8. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
5th grade comes hard for 7 students with the joyful Mr. Terupt. Mr. Terupt shows the students a more fun way of learning and everything was going great until one cold, snowy day that leaves everyone heartbroken. I like that this book has all of the seven students’ perspectives and you can just bond with and live through the characters’ shoes. This book always held a special place in my heart.
These are some of my favorite books. What’s your favorite book?