Top 5 Favorite Books

By: Alyssa Wynans Email
By: Alyssa Wynans Email

I have been reading the same book for three weeks. No joke. This never happens to me. I’m not sure if it’s a testament to how busy I am, or to how boring the book is. Maybe it’s a little of both. The book is The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, and I just can’t seem to connect with it. I rarely read more than a chapter at a time.
So this week I’m going to do a “My Favorite Books” list.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My very first review for this site was over this book, but it wasn’t very good. I’ve decided that is because it’s impossible to articulate how amazing it is (My sister-in-law would disagree. I convinced her to read it and she said it was too depressing). But really, John Green is a genius and any of his books could easily make it onto this list, but The Fault in Our Stars is just leaps and bounds above the rest. Also, it’s on the list of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year (take that, Lindsey). So, congratulations to Mr. Green.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
If I didn’t feel like it was cheating, I would just put the whole Harry Potter series as #2. I have made no secret of the fact that I think Rowling is a literary genius. If literature were a religion (well, if it was Catholicism…) Rowling would be a saint. If reading was exercise, Rowling would be Jillian Michaels. The reason I put the Deathly Hallows as opposed to any other book in the series is because it’s in this book that Rowling pulls everything together and fits even the obscure pieces into her puzzle. It blows my mind every time.

3. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Call me a nerd! I don’t care! I have read Hamlet upwards of 5 times and I can’t get past how great Shakespeare is at creating characters, be they good guys or bad guys or somewhere in between. This could be said for any one of Shakespeare’s plays, but Hamlet is my favorite. Sorry for being cliché. Also, I’m a sucker for anything witty, and Shakespeare was nothing if not witty.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I grew up watching the 6-hour A&E version, so I was in love with the plot line from a young age. I finally picked up the book in my freshman year of high school and fell even more in love with it. This is by far my favorite Jane Austen novel. I never get bored while reading it. (Which is not something I can say for all her books *cough*Mansfield Park*cough*).

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This last spot fluctuates a lot. Usually it’s whatever book I’m reading that week because that is what is on my mind. As I said, however, this week’s book isn’t going so well. So I’ll give the last spot to The Hunger Games (the book, not the series). I’ve reread it multiple times and continuously enjoy it. But Catching Fire and Mockingjay are pretty close behind it. That’s mainly because I love Finnick, and he’s not in The Hunger Games.

And thus ends my list. Don’t judge me too much based on it, I beg you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!


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