12 Books To Read In Your Free Time

12 Books To Read In Your Free Time

From Shakespeare to Harry Potter!
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As an English major and book lover here are 12 books that I recommend you read!

1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

I loved this book when I read it in middle school and I still consider it as one of my favorite books.

2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This book will tug at your heartstrings and is such an inspirational read.

3. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Whether you love or hate Harry Potter, the books are well worth the read.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I wasn't too impressed with this book when I read it but it is a classic so you should read it.

5. Maus I & II by Art Spiegelman

These two books are comic books based on the author's father's true experiences during the Holocaust.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I'm sure you've read this already but if not put it on your bucket list.

7. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt


A book I read in the fifth grade but one that has always stuck with me.

8. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

Always read the books before seeing the movies ;)

9. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Awesome poems about feminism.

10. The Chronicles of Vladmir Tod by Heather Brewer

I loved reading this vampire series!

11. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Any of Shakespeare's works are good by Hamlet is a favorite of mine.

12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

A simple yet powerful book with a good lesson.

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The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

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Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

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Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

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East High from the High School Musical Saga

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