1. To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee
To Kill A Mockingbird is my all time favorite book. Harper Lee was an amazing author and I love how she was able to write such a powerful book. There are so many reasons why I love this novel. It discussed matters that actually meant something to people and it will forever be my favorite novel.
2. Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck
This novel had me crying by the end of it because it was such an emotional read. This was one of my favorite novels that I had to read in high school. George and Lennie's relationship is kind of like a father/son relationship. George acts like a fatherly figure towards Lennie and that makes what happens at the end of the novel even more heartwrenching.
3. The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is a novel that I have loved since junior year of high school. I fell in love with Mr. Gatsby and it was an amazing novel to read. It was such a compelling story and, even though it was short, there was so much information. It kept me wanting to continue until the very end.
4. Lord of the Flies- William Golding
It took me two times to actually enjoy this novel. At first, I thought it was really boring. But when I started reading through it the second time, I was able to notice details that I had missed before. These children do things that I would never think of most adults being able to do. They are able to learn how to survive, but hatred and violence get in the way.
5. The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
I fell in love with this novel instantly. I felt like betrayal was a strong theme in this novel and I feel like a lot of people could relate to that type of betrayal. The novel shows that one decision could change not only your life but someone else's life forever.
6. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
I read The Book Thief for the first time in seventh grade. I remember absolutely hating the book. I hated it so much that I barely got through it. Then, I waited until my sophomore year of high school to read it again. The second time I read it, I loved it. I was able to understand what the book was actually about and I appreciated it a lot more. I highly recommend reading The Book Thief.
7. Night- Elie Wiesel
This novel is so heartbreaking. It is a way for people to understand how the concentration camps really were. I remember reading this and feeling so bad for every single person that had to go through this. This is a definitely a novel that everyone should read.
8. Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling
This series might be a little out of place on this list, but I had to add it. Harry Potter is my favorite book series and it is so much more than what people might think. Not only does this series show death and heartbreak, it is also a series that everyone can relate to. The series deals with heartbreak and friendship and a lot of things that people can relate to. J.K. Rowling is one of my favorite authors and I recommend this series to everyone.
9. The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank
This girl went through so much and she was so strong. This novel is so inspiring and I loved reading every page of it. I highly recommend every young girl read this novel at some point in their life.
10. The Giver- Lois Lowry
I actually hated reading The Giver at first, but I think the third time I read it was when I actually started to appreciate it. I had to read this novel in middle school and I actually recommend reading this one. It's a powerful story that gives you a look at the life of Jonas and what he has to go through.