2. Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
3. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
Honestly, I don't know what there is left to say about this trilogy. It was beautifully written and I loved every second of reading it. The characters were completely imperfect, which is such a rare find. I have been suggesting these books to everyone I talk to and have had many discussions with friends about them. Highly recommended.
4. The Looking Glass Wars (Frank Beddor)
I didn't realize before reading this that it was written for a much younger YA audience so that took me by surprise a little bit. It is well written but I would have loved to see more detail and character development. It seemed a little lacking in that department. Definitely recommend for younger kids.
5. The Captain's Verses (Pablo Neruda)
This was my first time reading his poetry and it was absolutely beautiful. This version has the poems in both English and Spanish and I hope to be able to read the Spanish versions in the future because I am sure that the language is even better.
6. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
I am not sure how I have gone this long without reading this book but it was very good. It took awhile for me to get into it but once the story started picking up, I couldn't stop. I love the way it ended, but I am unsure as to whether or not I want to read the rest of the series.
7. Finishing the Hat (Stephen Sondheim)
My nerdy heart! This book is...perfection. Everything about it. I cannot wait to read the second volume. If you are interested in musical theatre, especially the written aspect of it, I would highly recommend this book.
8. 1984 (George Orwell)
I have a degree in English and I am only just now reading this book. I don't understand how that is even possible. This book is AMAZING. Completely deserving of its praise and every person should read it. I wish I had been introduced to this book in high school.
9. True Evil (Greg Iles)
The story is interesting but the writing is so...bland. It reminded me a lot of James Patterson and all of those really popular authors that I am just not that interested in. Interesting plot, though!
10. The Crow (James O'Barr)
Seriously...so beautiful. The movie is one of my favorites and I am so glad that I finally got a chance to read the graphic novel. The story is slightly different and the drawings are amazing. Such a lovely, dark story - something that I have been searching for for a very long time. The movie did the graphic novel justice but there is something so much more thrilling in the book. I also have a very high appreciation for a character that self harms.
11. The Bell Jay (Sylvia Plath)
Another classic that I never read in high school OR college! Her writing...just beautiful. I loved this book in every way because it is one of the few that I have read that really captures the way that mental illness can feel. Most books with this subject always feel like they are being written ABOUT "sick" people vs. written by someone who is dealing with it and that is so disappointing. This book has a much more honest approach.
12. Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett)
This was a re-read for me and I honestly understood it and appreciated it much more this time around. I wasn't as confused as I had been before and the humor came through a lot clearer. The first part was very tough to get through when I read it the first time and I did not have that problem at all this time. Amazing creative story with some of the best humor.
13. V for Vendetta (Alan Moore and David Lloyd)
Another movie that I love and have wanted to read the graphic novel for a very long time. I finally got my hands on a copy! The story is slightly different and it takes a little getting used to the name changes but the plot is more intricate and the language is beautiful. The second book was my favorite.
14. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
This is one of the few classics that I did actually read in high school, though it was not assigned, and I loved it so much. It was my first dystopian book and I have loved the genre ever since. There were so many things that I appreciated more with this re-read and I loved being able to compare and contrast it to 1984.
15. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
This is only the second novel of his that I have read but I loved it just as much as Looking for Alaska. I am sure that his books could be completely plotless and I would still read them because he has such a beautiful way with words, which is why I suppose so many people quote him. He is truly a friend to the nerd community and you can tell this through his books. He doesn't make his nerdy characters seem like they just want to be someone else or like they are less than anyone. He lets them live in their own skins and it is an amazing message for teenagers. And the story? Oh my god. So heartbreaking. This is a great book.
Currently reading: Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp. I have read this once before and seen it performed twice but it never ceases to amaze me. I can't wait to finish it!