Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This is a weekly feature that is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. For this week, the topic was "Top Ten Books I Want to Re-read." Hope that you enjoy, and let me know some of the books you would love to dive back into.

1.       Mountains Beyond Mountains By: Tracy Kidder- This book was one of the reasons I went into the field of public health. Dr. Paul Farmer is a crusader for health, rights of the impoverished, and showing people how they can give back. Kidder does an amazing job at describing Dr. Farmer and showing the reader a great perspective of the man that just keeps on giving.

2.       Night By: Elie Wiesel- This is a short one, but oh my word is it a profound one as well. I remember just crying and wondering how we as humans can be so cruel. Not only that, but the courage it took Mr. Wiesel to tell his story and to have to relive that part of his life is truly inspiring and humbling.

3.       The Little Prince By: Antoine de Saint-Exupery- I read this when I was in middle school, or maybe when I just started high school, and I think that it might be time to go back and really sink into the book. I have a feeling I will appreciate and understand it much more now being in my late 20s.

4.       Harry Potter Series By JK Rowling- I don’t really feel like I need to explain my reasoning for this…how could one not want to read these over and over again.

5.       The Catcher in the Rye By: JD Salinger- I read in an article once that people either loved Holden or hated him. I would be one of the formers and could not get enough of him. Yes, he could be whiney, a little naïve when it came to the privileges that he had, and sometimes was unbelievably selfish, but there was also so honest and raw about him.

6.       Half the Sky By: Nicholas Kristof- This book was eye opening. I will sadly admit that I was naïve to just how ungrateful I really am to have grown up in a country that allows women to aspire to a career, having a voice, and just having the right of choice! The women in this book are heroes in my eyes and they inspire me to remember how much I have to be thankful for and to also work for others to have the rights that I have.

7.       Eat, Pray, Love By Elizabeth Gilbert- I have to confess, I did not finish this book the first time around. I recently though went through some big life changes, and I wonder if I might find more appreciation for Gilbert’s journey and struggles this time around.

8.      The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern- This book was amazing!! It was so fun and different. The descriptive language the author possesses is truly a wonderful gift and I got completely lost in the story.

9.       The Shadow of the Wind By Carlos Ruiz Zafon- I feel like I have this book on my list of must reads for anyone and everyone. The gothic setting and diverse characters make this a read that will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning because you just won’t want to put it down. One of my favs of all time for sure.

10.   Unbroken By: Laura Hillenbrand- The movie adaption of this true story is coming out this Christmas, and I kind of want to read it again before going to see it. This is another book I recommend to absolutely everyone. Zamperini (on whom the book is about) endured so much hardship during WWII and I kept wondering all through the book if I could ever be strong as him. After reading it, for weeks I ate everything on my plate and couldn’t bear to toss anything into the trash because of how precious food and water came to be for him in the book. It is definitely a story that will make you grateful for the men and women who put themselves in danger every day in order to protect the freedoms we all take for granted.

Well that’s about it. I realize now there are so many amazing books I want to re-read! I could probably go on and on if asked to.