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30 Journal Entries to Self Discovery - Day 8

What's the best book you've read and why?

Welcome to day eight! Week two starting out and honestly, I'm way too excited for this question. I sincerely hope that everyone writing along is as excited for this question as I am because... I'm a huge book nerd. There isn't a better way to say it. Anyway, the quote for the day: "A library is a hospital for the mind." - Anonymous 


This is one of my all-time favorite questions for the simple fact that I love to read. It is an impossible question to answer though. There are so many amazing books that I've read, I couldn't possibly choose just one. However, my sister and I have this thing we do; three books that we think everyone should read. If one of our books changes on our list we tell the other person and I have a bad habit of changing my list frequently and sending my sister the book that I chose for my list. I think she enjoys it though. 

So anyway, our rules for this is that it cannot be a series. So, unfortunately, I cannot put Harry Potter on this list, because if I could, I totally would. I hands down think every person should read this series at least once in their life. I personally have read the series too many times to count and I'm in the process of reading it to my daughter. 

But, the first book that I think everyone should read in their lifetime is 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult. (If you've been following my blog you know that I love her as an author). It's a book about a school shooting. It follows the shooting from different viewpoints and even the viewpoint of the judge for the trial that follows the shooting. It made me cry and put me through a plethora of feelings. It really made me look at my own high school experience and the experiences of those currently going through high school. It really makes you think about what other people are going through and forces you to really look at how each person is spoken to. The deepness of this book is incomparable. I reread it three times in less than a month. I think everyone should read this book. It takes you on a rollercoaster in the most abnormal way. Plus, Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. The way she incorporates different perspectives and just her writing style, in general, is so beautiful. It's like having a conversation with four of your best friends. 

The second best book that I think everyone should read is Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo. I know, I know, this is a kid's book. However, it shaped my childhood. Aside from Harry Potter, this was one book I reread a thousand times as a kid. Honestly, I think because in my worst situations, it reminded me of what it was like to be a kid. It's such an innocent story that shows the love we all once had for every adventurous thing. It reminds you of the childhood, when you didn't see a dirty dog running through a super market, but rather a dog having the time of his life, and you couldn't help but help him. The book drags you in and makes you feel like you're living this childhood. It brings back the thrill you used to get from the smallest adventures and the fear of getting in trouble that used to course through our veins. I love this book. I've even read it as an adult. It is so wonderfully written and it brings you back to your innocent days, and honestly, I think that's what I love about it so much. 

The last best book that I have ever read, that I think everyone should read, is Crank by Ellen Hopkins. As someone who's personally suffered from addiction as well as watched those I love suffer through addiction, it is a beautiful and hard book to read. It's about suffering from drug addiction, this one specifically talks about meth addiction but honestly, I think anyone who's seen the actual effects of any drug addiction can relate. It's written in poem form but I think that makes it even more beautiful. It drags you into the mind of an addict and the thoughts that actually cross their minds. Plus, it touches on the thoughts of those around them too. The book shows you how it effects everyone around the person addicted. Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors and I've read all of her books, but honestly, I think everyone should at the very least, read this book. No single book has ever phased me so much through so many stages of my life. I started reading it when I went into high school my freshman year and I cried because I could relate to the details and stress of the life around Kristina (the main character). I read it again my senior year and cried for the party life I could relate to. I read it my third year of college and cried because I could relate to the addicted part of the book. I read it again while I was pregnant and I cried because I related to her mom more than anyone, not because I was pregnant, but because I felt responsible for someone who had spiraled into addiction and was watching them suffer, feeling powerless. I think no matter what stage I'm at in life I'll be able to relate to this book in a new way. Isn't that the beauty of well-crafted books? To come back to them and let them teach you new lessons at different stages of your life? That's my thought anyway and this book accomplished that in the worst and best way. 

Those are the best books I have read and continue to read, so far in my life. I think that I think they are the best because of how much I can relate to them. So my opinions might be a little biased. Also, each one of these authors has written other books that I have also fallen in love with. These are just the books that stood out most to me. 

My thoughts: I am completely biased but I love this question. This is one of my all-time favorite questions and I loved getting asked about books I've read. All my friends know that unless they have proven to me that they will not read, they are most likely getting a book or two for Christmas. Anyway, on the level of self-discovery, I still think this is a great question. It forces you to look at why you picked the book you did. Looking at my answers, I realized that I personally relate to characters in each of those books and that's probably why I love them so much. This question is also great because it reminds you of something you love. Who doesn't like talking about something they love? You could probably go on for hours about your favorite band or your favorite movie... or your favorite book. It's a very fun question to answer and I love it. 

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