Hey everybody! Welcome back to another Listify Tuesday posts. Basically, every other Tuesday (so twice a month) I post a Listify Tuesday which follows a topic that I choose 5 books for that fit it. Today’s topic is actually one from Goodreads and that is Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once. I just voted for 9 books that were already in the top 100 that I’ve read and I thought fit this category and I’m going to choose 5 of those to tell you guys about in no particular order. Let’s get started.
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I think its pretty understandable why everyone should this book at least once in their lifetime. This world could very much be ours one day! I think dystopian stories are very important because they’re from someone’s imagination but they’re based on some factors already going on in our society. Although everything may not be 100% factual, it shows us what our world could look like if we keep going down a certain path. I think this story is incredibly important even if it is also truly entertaining.
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This obviously another obvious one, especially with me being a black female. This is our history! Sure, in a fictional state, but there’s obviously truth and research behind it and we need to know about it. The way these women were treated in these families and the wealth difference is something we need to see and understand. And the impact these women had on those around them like the children they take of is incredible. They were so brave, selfless, caring, and smart and everyone needs to see that.
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
This one is just interesting. The life that this young girl has to endure during the war is also fictional, but definitely has some truth to it. The danger that came from living the life she did was real. She simply wanted to read and she couldn’t do that. Something so simple in an American’s life caused other’s death during World War II. This is an insider lifestyle during this time that we don’t know much about and I like to see this side of it.
4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I don’t think I have a solid reason for wanting everyone to read this besides I just loved it. I definitely need to read this book again and then maybe I could give you a better reason then but for now, let’s just say its… Another personal history story. Sure, it’s not physically diverse, but the diversity is in the wealth and that’s what mattered where our characters live. We got to see the underprivileged side of the story and how that half lived and what they had to go through. And that’s a part of the history that we still need to see.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I had to choose between three different books before I decided that this was the most important. Although the narrator is a bit naive and a bit unreliable, it gives an important lesson that nobody is born racist or prejudice, its something that you learn. The trial that goes on during this book is very important to see who takes sides and who helps who when the accused person is innocent. This book truly gives an innocent outlook on racism in a time when it was at its highest. It gives an innocent outlook on what other people are really like because we see it through the eyes of a child.
That’s all for today, folks! Do you agree with my choices? Also, let me know if you want to see a part two to this series once I vote on some more book choices.