Top 10 Books Every Millennial Should Read

Top 10 Books Every Millennial Should Read

I promise to stay away from the typical high school classics.
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If you know me, you know I’m a reader. I LOVE books. I love stories and I love learning and I love reading. I’ve been known to stop dinners so that I can look something up and read a detailed article, plus 4 more opinion pieces, on a particular topic of debate. I started a book club with my brother, where we read and discuss books monthly. I have a book collection currently housed in my room, where I most definitely do not have enough room for my books. But I still consider myself a book novice. There’s so much literature out there, and I’ve only read a fraction of it. I hope someday I can say I’m well-read. Still, I’ve put quite a few Goodreads under my belt. Here’s a list of my top ten books that I think everyone should get around to reading at least once in their lives, if not a few times.

1. Never Let Me Go – Kazou Ishiguro

This book earned me my high school diploma, so it's fitting that I would have some strong feelings about it. Ishiguro is a master of subtleties as he explores the human condition in this novel. It may seem confusing at first, but it's well worth the read and very artfully written. (If you wanna read more about why this is such a cool book-- hit me up, I'll share my project with you).

2. The Help – Kathryn Stockett


The Help was one of those books that you actually can't put down. I'm sure you've at least heard of, if not seen, the academy-award winning movie adaptation of this novel, and so you know how the story itself is gripping. The writing is even more so. I remember being devastated when I finished the book because the characters felt so real, I wanted to keep reading about them. Stockett has immense talent in writing.

3. Now I See You: A Memoir – Nicole C. Kear


Memoirs are my favorite genre of books, especially when they're written this well. This is the story of a woman who's slowly going blind and decides that carpe diem is the way to go until she has children. The most memorable part of this novel is the ending-- one of the most beautiful and touching book moments. Also, it definitely gave a brand-new appreciation for my own eyes and for the unpredictability of life.

4. The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly

This is one of the creepiest, utterly weirdest novels I've ever read. But it's brilliant nonetheless. It perfectly captures a world of fantasy with imagination in a rather odd coming of age story. For younger kids, it's not the best story and may just creep them out, even though it's written as a children's novel. But there are subtleties and dark themes hidden behind the seeming innocence of this novel. It certainly leaves you with a lot to think about.

5. No Matter The Wreckage – Sarah Kay

Granted, this is the only poetry book I’ve ever read in its entirety, it’s definitely a must, must read. Sarah Kay has an unimaginable way with words. Her poetry is one of the first that’s actually made me feel something after reading it. She writes about everything, from heartbreaks, to brother, to teachers, to feminist-esque poems. She’s truly amazing. Her spoken word poetry and her Ted-Talks are also well, well worth the watch.


6. Room – Emma Donoghue

Room was absolutely haunting. Donoghue writes through the voice of 5-year-old Jack, in a chilling, truly realistic way. But the matter at hand is most certainly not 5-year-old material. Jack is innocent, naive, but his story is not. It's a book that you want to tear your eyes away from, but just can't. When you think it can't get any better (or any worse?), it does. Another book with an Academy-award-winning film adaptation, Room is a book to add to your must-read shelf.

7. The Handmaid's Tale – Margaret Atwood

Another book from my high school English class, The Handmaid's Tale is a very, very important read. Atwood's greatness as an author is known far and wide, and it most certainly is true. If you've been avoiding this book despite all the buzz around it, I highly, highly suggest that you stop avoiding it and pick up a copy today. You won't regret it. Especially in today's political climate, a novel with feminist tones such as this is jaw-dropping and inspiring. And if you've watched the series already, I still highly, highly recommend reading the novel – it'll be well worth your time, sincerely. It's a chilling, mind-boggling story that will stay with you for a long time.

8. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

This book is absolutely adorable; one of those hit-you-in-the-feels, make-you-feel-warm-inside books. It's a story about a grumpy old man with a touching past, who meets a family that'll change his life. It was especially touching for me because I read it while also being thoroughly annoyed (but with lots and lots of love) by my grandpa who was visiting for the summer. I could relate HARD. Backman is also an incredibly talented writer; he writes every chapter as its own story, a true chapter in every sense of the word, yet the story is cohesive and culminates in one ending. It's a wonderful read, especially if you're in the mood to tickle your feels.

9. Following Atticus – Tom Ryan


Books about dogs and their bonds with their owners are always a favorite of mine. These are the books I usually find myself crying over to no end. I could fill the entire list with books that are about dogs, but if I had to pick my most favorite, it would be this one. Ryan's relationship with Atticus was touching, and again, caught me in the feels. It was well written, too. A great book, and a very inspiring story, all around.

10. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri

I know it seems like I only ever pick books that are made into movies, but it's because they're good books!!! The Namesake is no exception. It was a wonderful story, that hit home for me being that it is about a first-generation Indian kid growing up in the States. The relationship that he has with his mother, father, sister and culture is such a beautiful, intricate, and complex tapestry; one that Lahiri paints wonderfully.


Feel free to comment with your favorite books!

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"
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We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

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She's proven to be a soldier and swan on many occasions. Just take giving birth to her daughter in a storm on a kitchen table during an emergency c-section without any numbing or pain medication as an example. If she wasn't a soldier or a swan before, how could she not be after that?

Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

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We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

It's season 14 and we finally get the story we've been waiting 9 years for! We get Dark April and her crisis of faith. A story arc all Christians can appreciate. Here's the chance for real character development in the foreground, but wait...

Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

You messed up.

Both April Kepner and Sarah Drew deserved better.

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