The world of books has always caught my attention. Ever since I was a little girl of five or six, I used to read books of fairytales my grandmother and my other family members used to gift it to me every year on my birthday. It always held an illusion of fantasy to me.
Since then, my passion for reading and writing grew. Honestly, I have had read so many, literally so many books for as long as I remember that it is difficult to pick out a favorite. But here are a list of five of my favorites starting from the most recent one:
1. 1984 By George Orwell
This book about a dictatorial government ruled by a tyrant named Big Brother is a phenomenal story. I feel that most democratic governments stems from the fact that they are dictatorial and authoritarian. George Orwell has clearly illustrated the story of Winston and his secret affair with Julia.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In the words of Atticus Finch I quote “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’them, but remember it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. These were the words spoken by Atticus Finch, the father of Scout(narrator) and Jim, when he defends a black man who was charged for the rape of a white girl.
The book explores a child’s bird-eye view on the struggling issues of racism and class hierarchical structures in 1930’s America. It also talks about the dignity and conscience of a single man fighting for justice.
3. The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
A sequel to the Percy Jackson series, it tells the story of seven demigods- Percy, Annabeth, Hazel, Frank, Jason, Piper, and Leo. They are destined to defeat Gaia (The Earth Goddess) and her accomplices The Titans as they bring chaos and end to the world.
A modern rendition to the old Greek and Roman mythology, it gives a fresh perspective of the popular Greek and Roman tales we have studied. This series is phenomenal with various plot twists and exciting adventures!
4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is a dark fantasy children’s novel by the bestselling children’s author Neil Gaiman, published in 2002. It was awarded on 2003, the Hugo Award for Best Work for Best Novella and the Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers. Gaiman began writing Coraline in 1990. The titular characters came from a typo in Caroline. According to Gaiman, “I had typed Coraline and it came out wrong. I looked at Coraline and I knew it was someone’s name.
This series is still my all-time favorite. It follows Harry, who is destined to meet his fate by Voldemort or He who must not be named. Voldemort killed Harry’s parents but somehow Harry managed to survive. He becomes famous as no one who has faced Voldemort managed to survive. This is a phenomenal book!