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5: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
This book would be ranked lower on this list if it weren’t for the fact that I had to constantly analyze the living hell out of the book in English class. This book serves as a lesson to those annoying stupid parents who try to ban books like The Shawshank Redemption and Looking for Alaska from schools, so their innocent teenage children will never ever ever find out about curse words or *insert gasp here* sex.
Also, the writing in this novel is top notch: “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. ”
Was that line not hauntingly beautiful? Did you not shed a heart-shaped tear? Because I did.
Also, I love how the book’s available as an ebook. I bet Bradbury would love that.
4: Paper Towns, by John Green
I’ve said far too much about this book already, so here’s a link to my post ranking the John Green books.
I think this book would make a great romantic comedy. Anyone else? No? Okay…
3: American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.
Before reading this book, I read a review where the guy compared Gaiman’s writing to candy (I even tweeted about it!), and that’s what I was thinking about as I read the first fifty pages. Then I got so deep into the book that my brain refused to think about anything else until I finished it.
The only (small) problem I had with this book was that the main character was too calm. While most people would be freaking out, he’d just shrug it off, thinking, “Oh, my dead wife came back to life and visits me in the middle of the night. That’s new.” But that’s just a small quibble, and his reaction, or lack thereof, was perfectly in character for Shadow.
2: The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition, by Stephen King
This was the book that got me into reading again. There’s probably some parallel universe out there in which I didn’t bother to read this book. In it, I probably turned out to be the type of person who prefers the movie over the book, listens to Lil’ Wayne and gets tattoos saying “SWAG ATTACK: 2012.” Luckily, we don’t live in that universe, so we don’t have to deal with that loser.
At over 1,100 pages (and keep in mind, there’s over 500 words on each page in my edition), this might just be the longest book I’ve ever read. Sure, a lot of things could have been cut out, but this is the uncut edition, so I can’t criticize it for that. The ending was a bit disappointing, but that didn’t matter since the first thousand pages were some of the best pieces of fiction I’ve ever read.
Before I read this, the most three dimensional and well-written characters I’ve ever read were the characters in the Harry Potter series. But Harry, Ron and Hermione look like cardboard cut-outs compared to any of the characters in this book, and I don’t say that lightly. For the first time in my reading endeavors I felt as if I’ve known the characters in a book my entire life.
If you were to read any Stephen King book, it should be this one. Or The Shining. That book’s cool too.
1: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
This book is the saddest book of all time, and I mean that in the best way possible. To those who thought The Fault in Our Stars was heartbreaking, wait till you get a load of this book.
This is one of the great pieces of art (that’s right; this book is art) where each scene and each character is memorable. Stephen King may be great at creating vivid characters, but he will never be able to make me care about them as much as I care about the characters in this.
They’re making a movie based off this book, and from the trailer, I’m not sure what to think. Though the actors/actresses mostly fit how I pictured them, the trailer comes off as way too happy for me, and the American voice-over just made it seem cheesy. Tell me what you think.
Sorry for any typos in this post. For some reason, no matter how hard I proofread, I only notice the giant typos after I publish the post.