Thursday Discussion – Books You Want Everyone to Read

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Thursday, 5th September 2019 – Books You Want Everyone to Read

OMG!!!! I LOVE THIS TOPIC!!!! I don’t necessarily want everyone to read my all time favourites but I think there are some books out there that are hugely important with regards to helping one another understand each other better. And then there are some books that I think people should read because they are just brilliant…Yes I just basically contradicted my first statement lol!!!

(1) Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adichie’s finest novel and a compelling look at the ravages of war on those who are innocent and those who have their innocence stolen who in turn fall victim to their own darknesses.

(2) The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

Anne’s words show us the endurance of the human spirit and gives us pause for thought about the depths of depravity that humanity can stoop too when we reflect on what was done to this innocent child, her family and so many other innocent victims. Never forget.

(3) Please Read This Leaflet Carefully – Karen Havelin

A book that gives voice to a woman suffering from the relentlessness of chronic pain and can help readers understand the impact of such.

(4) My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell

A book that is to be released early next year that demands that we give agency to the victims when it comes to the narrative of the sexual crimes inflicted on them.

(5) Queenie – Candice Carty Williams

A book that is both incredibly witty and intelligently written and explores issues of self worth and confidence for a modern woman trying to navigate life today.

(5) Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

A dystopian tale that is written in the most beautifully lyrical fashion that warns society of the possible outcomes of eugenics. It illustrates how we should not plead complacency as an excuse.

(6) 1984 – George Orwell

A dystopian classic that highlights to us how we should always value our freedom and its associated rights.

(7) Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

It’s Austen. I had to include Austen.

(8) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

A story that explores the darker side of romantic passions and the poisonous nature of elitism and vendettas thereafter.

(9) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

A modern LGBTQ+ YA that is beautifully written and would touch even the coldest of hearts with its simple but timeless romance. Love is love.

(10) All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

A haunting book that shows the brutal impact of war on soldiers versus the callousness of the attitudes of the men in dark rooms making the decisions.

(11) The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

An incredibly realistic and deeply emotional book about mental health.

(12) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A YA exploring issues of racism in current day USA and illustrating why exactly movements, such as Black Lives Matter, are critical to highlighting racial injustices and inequalities.
While I haven’t rated all of these books five stars I still believe that they are incredibly important reads each in their own way as every one of the books listed explore different facets of the human condition. What do you all think of my picks? What would be on your list of must read books? Let’s chat in the comments below.

21 thoughts on “Thursday Discussion – Books You Want Everyone to Read

  1. I remember reading Diary of a Young Girl and wow. That honestly broke my heart. I remember reading it when I was younger though, so I know that I didn’t want to believe that Anne Frank was real and that these were her real words and real experiences, you know? I guess I didn’t want to think about how someone could go through that as a young girl. Great list ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Leelynn! I read it as a little girl too and it’s a book that has stayed with me all this time. I think it’s so important to read about experiences like Anne’s so we don’t let the same mistakes happen again. But sadly humanity keeps on sucking :((


    1. Thank you!!! THUG isn’t my fav ever book, in fact I think it is flawed in a number of ways but it is so important with regards to its topic and with how it creates an amazing female lead in Starr. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it when you read it :)))

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  2. I don’t know how I missed this post but I love this list!!! 😍 Half of these I’ve read and loved and the other half I can’t wait to read because I’m almost positive that I’ll also love them. Just thinking about Ari & Dante makes me wanna give hugs all around haha I loved that book! ❤️

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