15 Books To Read If You're Trying To Get Into Reading

15 Books To Read If You're Trying To Get Into Reading

Sometimes, learning to love to read is just a matter of finding the right book.

As someone who has always loved to read, I can't really understand why people wouldn't love it. However, I can agree with the fact that some books are better than others and that some books are much harder to read than others. If you're looking to get into reading, but don't really know where to start, then this is the place for you. Here are 15 books to help you get into reading.

1. 'The Outsiders' by S.E. Hinton

I went into The Outsiders not really expecting to like it. I had heard several other people say that they didn't and so my hopes were low. I came out a little less than 200 pages later with a new book on my "favorites" list. Nothing will warm your heart faster than Ponyboy, Soda, and Dally Curtis and their friends. The depth of friendship that the greaser boys share is one that makes you realize just how important family is, whether it be family by blood or by choice. I honestly think that everyone needs to read this book.

2. The 'Harry Potter' series by J.K. Rowling

I could write about Harry Potter for days and not say enough. I have come back to this series over and over in my relatively short life and it has managed to speak to my situation every time. I kid you not when I say that I have read this series more than 15 times and still manage to find something different every time. If you're one of the few weird people still living in the world who hasn't read this series, do yourself a favor and get started!

3. 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby, unlike the rest of the population since the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio came out. However, this slim little classic is packed with imagery and symbolism and is also a quick, easy read. Bonus if you're into tragically romantic stories.

4. The 'Red Queen' series by Victoria Aveyard

The Red Queen series is something of a guilty pleasure for me considering the fact that it really is nothing more than a stereotypical YA series. There's a girl with a spunky attitude and a weird name, an oppressive government, she's from the lower class but then gets thrust into that government, then she gets stuck into the rebellion against that government, and all the while there are several beautiful boys vying for her heart. But still, a really good series that will get you into reading.

5. 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak

This is a beautiful story that continually broke my heart. Zusak's language is nothing short of poetic, yet the story is easy to read and follow. His narrator can make you feel things like few others are able to. Liesel's story is one that will keep you thinking for years after you close the book if only because of how tragic and stunning it is.

6. 'Murder on the Orient Express' by Agatha Christie

I actually didn't decide to read this until the recent movie came out, but I'm really glad I picked it up. If you're looking for a good murder mystery, this is the book for you. Everything you could possibly ask for in a whodunnit novel is here. Christie isn't called "the queen of mystery" for nothing. I didn't figure out who the guilty party was until much later in the novel than I had planned, which is kind of sad, but also the sign that it's a good book. I didn't see the movie that came out recently, but I've heard good things from fellow book lovers, so you should also definitely check that out (after you read it, of course).

7. The 'Percy Jackson' series by Rick Riordan

What can I say? This was a middle school favorite. I couldn't help but love Percy, Annabeth, and Grover through all of their misadventures and dealings with the temperamental Greek gods. The story makes for a fun, interesting read. Plus, it's written for kids, so it's really easy to read. And, added bonus, you can appreciate just how garbage the movies actually were.

8. 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I actually don't know why I kept coming back to The Secret Garden when I was making this list other than the fact that it was my first classic novel — the one that started it all. While I wouldn't consider it the easiest book to read just because it is a classic, it's definitely a good one to start off with if you want to get into more classic lit.

9. 'The Selection' trilogy by Kiera Cass

Despite being a stereotypical YA series, The Selection series is one that I've read three or four times. The characters are just too good to leave behind. Plus, it's just really fun. I mean, a bachelor-type story about a princess? Yes, please! Who wouldn't want to read that?

10. 'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett

I absolutely love The Help. It's an easy read in terms of how it's written, and not only is the story an eye-opener, but the characters who tell it are all hilarious and complex and loveable. I felt the emotions of those characters more than I do with a lot of others. Not to mention the fact that the movie with Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone is also really good.

11. 'All the Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places is a very John Green-esque YA novel, but one with a little bit of a heavier meaning. Dealing with suicide and the stigma surrounding it, Niven's characters reference Virginia Woolf's work a lot, which is what got me into reading her. 10/10 recommend, but warning, it's a sad read.

12. 'Mosquitoland' by David Arnold

Mim Malone is exactly what every teenager wanted to be — cool, edgy, reserved, rebellious, brave, witty, wild. She has a great taste in music and tons of emotional baggage to sort through, which ends up taking you as the reader quite literally on a crazy journey of self-discovery, coming to terms, and coming of age. Whether you want to be just like her or not, you can't actually go through this book and not fall in love with her as a character.

13. 'Night' by Elie Wiesel

Night is a book that I have come back to multiple times over the years. It continually wrecks me every time. This memoir about Weisel's time in Auschwitz might only be 116 pages long, but it will leave you thinking about it long beyond those pages. I could go on and on about how it has impacted my perception of the Holocaust as a historical event. Reading his personal story somehow makes the outrage and pain cut even deeper than it normally would. In terms of language, this is an easy read, but I have only faced content this difficult a couple of other times.

14. 'All the Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr

This is one of those heartbreakingly beautiful stories that you always want to come back to, but you know that it'll hurt all over again when you do, but you still do. Doerr tells the stories of Werner, a young German boy who ends up joining the Nazi army and Marie-Laure, a blind French girl who flees the Nazi invasion of Paris with her father to a small island where her Great Uncle Etienne lives. Needless to say, the two stories collide in a way that you might not expect and you'll get left thinking for weeks after.

15. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee

Again, we have another book that I could probably write pages upon pages about and still not entirely express my feelings. I love this book so much. It tackles some really difficult stuff and does it through the eyes of a little kid, which I think makes it easier to read as well as hilariously funny. If you need more of a reason to read it, it got banned recently for "making people uncomfortable," which usually means that it's a really good and powerful book.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
wondered what your scent should be based on your zodiac sign, here it is!

Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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