For this post we’re gonna talk about ten different books that every book geek must read. Now, three of us are book worms and we love to read. so, we thought we’d share some of our collection of books with you. Now, this is not our entire collection nor are these ranked in any specific order. These are simply 10 of our favorite books. Enjoy!
- The Maze Runner
This is a series of four books written by James Dashner starting with The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure and then a prequel was written after these called The Kill Order. I’ve read the first three and I am currently on The Kill Order. I love this series. The style of writing is not my favorite but I can appreciate it because it’s written as if it’s from the mind of teenage boy. What really hooked me though was the story. This has a great story line and short chapters, this makes it really hard to put it down. I finished the trilogy in two days because I couldn’t put it down. This is one that you have to read, don’t just go and see the film. Read the book because the films will never do the book complete justice.
“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.” (jamesdashner.com)
“The Maze Runner is the first book in a young-adult post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy and was made into a 2014 major motion picture by 20th Century Fox. Dashner also announced that another prequel, The Fever Code, is set to be released in 2016.” (Wiki)
- The Hobbit
This book is one of my favorites along with The Lord of the Rings series. Now, Tolkien has a habit of going into detail about scenery and creatures, which don’t get me wrong I like having those details to paint a picture in my head but he really likes to go into detail. So, if a lot of details puts you off then Tolkien may not be for you. But Anna Beth and I really love it and enjoy it. We love the characters and the story line. Personally I really enjoy Tolkien’s writing style and use of language.
“The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. Bilbo’s journey takes him from light-hearted, rural surroundings into more sinister territory. The story is told in the form of an episodic quest, and most chapters introduce a specific creature, or type of creature, of Tolkien’s Wilderland. By accepting the disreputable, romantic, fey and adventurous sides of his nature and applying his wits and common sense, Bilbo gains a new level of maturity, competence and wisdom. The story reaches its climax in the Battle of the Five Armies, where many of the characters and creatures from earlier chapters re-emerge to engage in conflict.” (Wiki)
This book has been made into three films: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Now, like every book to film adaption we highly suggest you read the book before seeing the film.
- The Hunger Games
Anna Beth, Bekah, and I have all read this series and we love it. This was one of our favorites. We really loved the characters, the story line, and pretty much every thing about out it. It’s not a hard read and it’ll hook you quick. I finished reading these in one weekend. I stayed up till four in the morning to finish them. It’s full of twists and will have you on the edge of your seat but be warned it will kill your feels.
“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death of live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before- and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”
- Chronicles of Narnia
All four of us have read this series and it’s one of our all time favorites. We started reading them as children and have grown up with them. They’re not a hard read at all but they’re wonderful. They have a phenomenal story line, amazing characters, and a magical setting. The books aren’t long so it’s easy to read when you only have a short amount of time to read. Now, three of these books have been adapted into films: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader but the later two are not exactly on point with the books. We highly suggest that you check this series out.
“The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by author C. S. Lewis. Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world. Except in The Horse and His Boy, the protagonists are all children from the real world, magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon by the lion Aslan to protect Narnia from evil and restore the throne to its rightful line. The books span the entire history of Narnia, from its creation in The Magician’s Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle.” (Wiki)
- Harry Potter
Now, I haven’t read the Harry Potter series but Bekah and Anna Beth have.They love this series. They really love the characters and the values that the series has. There are seven books and they’re written by J. K. Rowling. They highly recommend the series, especially to those who are fans of fantasy. The series was made into a series of films but again the books are always better.
“The series chronicles the adventures of a young wizard, Harry Potter, the titular character, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who aims to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.” (Wiki)
- Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Now, many of you have probably seen the Robert Downy Jr. films, BBC’s Sherlock, or some other type of Sherlock Holmes film or show, but the books are a bit different. They’re more complex, they have a large vocabulary and are very detailed. Personally I enjoy them but I like tough reads. These books are classics though and if you’re up to the challenge I highly recommend them.
“A London-based “consulting detective” whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is known for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise and his use of forensic science to solve difficult cases.” (Wiki)
Personally, I have not read the Divergent series. However, Anna Beth has and she enjoys them. They’re not a difficult read, much like The Hunger Games, and will quickly hook you. The series has been made into a film but are not on point with the book all the time. So, again, read the book before you see the film or you will miss out on a lot.
“Divergent is the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth and is a series of young-adult dystopian novels.The novel Divergent features a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago and follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior as she explores her identity within a society that defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five factions, which removes the threat of anyone exercising independent will and re-threatening the population’s safety. Underlying the action and dystopian focused main plot is a romantic subplot between Tris and one of her instructors in the Dauntless faction, nicknamed Four.” (Wiki)
- Lord of the Rings
This series follows right after J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and is filled with the same magical wonder. It’s a tough read and it’s very long and follows Tolkein’s tendency of having details upon details but worth it. I really loved the books and they’re worth reading if you want more after seeing the films. Each book was converted into a film and follow the story fairly well. It’s a fantastical journey filled with adventure and worth reading at least once in your life.
“The title of the novel refers to the story’s main antagonist, the Dark Lord Sauron, who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth. From quiet beginnings in the Shire, a hobbit land not unlike the English countryside, the story ranges across northwest Middle-earth, following the course of the War of the Ring through the eyes of its characters, the hobbits Frodo Baggins, Samwise “Sam” Gamgee, Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck and Peregrin “Pippin” Took, but also the hobbits’ chief allies and travelling companions: the Men Aragorn, a Ranger of the North, and Boromir, a Captain of Gondor; Gimli, a Dwarf warrior; Legolas, an Elven prince; and Gandalf, a Wizard.” (Wiki)
- Percy Jackson and The Olympians & The Heroes of Olympus
I have not read this series but Bekah raves about them. They’re not a complex read and are very engaging. Once you start one you won’t be able to stop. Bekah loves the characters, the story, and how the series’ take on classical Greek mythology. If you like mythological based books then you have to read this. Now, the first book has been made into a film but we highly suggest that you read the book first as it’s much better than the film.
“Percy Jackson & the Olympians, often shortened to Percy Jackson, is a pentalogy of adventure and fiction books written by Rick Riordan. Percy Jackson & the Olympians charts the adventures of modern-day twelve-year-old Percy Jackson as he discovers he is a demigod, the son of Sally Jackson and the Greek god Poseidon. Percy and his friends Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood go on a quest to prevent a war between the gods Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. The Heroes of Olympus is a sequel to Percy Jackson & the Olympians. The Heroes of Olympus is centered around a prophecy, introduced in The Last Olympian (last book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series), that predicted seven demigods would unite to protect the earth from Gaea, who plans to destroy it.” (Wiki)
- The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica
I have this series and I love it may actually be my overall favorite series. It combines all your favorite stories, myths, characters, and real people into one series. Anything can happen, King Arthur can meet Peter Pan, Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare drinking tea together, Captain Nemo and Sinbad sailing the seas in the same story. This is quite literally one of the best things I have ever read. I adore this series and I highly recommend it. It’s not complex but it’s not just a simple read either. It’s one that requires attention, thought, and appreciation of the literary arts. This series is worth it.
The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica is a fantasy series written by James A. Owen. “An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the First World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of The Imaginarium Geographica – an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship The Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between worlds into the Archipelago of Dreams.
Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds. And in the process, they will share a great adventure filled with clues that lead readers to the surprise revelation of the legendary storytellers these men will one day become.” (Good reads)
All of these books are wonderful reads and should be shared with others. We highly suggest that you read some, or all, of the books listed above. If you liked this let us know, we have a much bigger collection and would love to share it with you all. As a parting question, what is your favorite book?
(Info from Wikipedia and goodreads.com)