With this time off, I can't tell you how excited I am to 1.) begin rereading all the Harry Potter books yet again, and 2.) start reading all those other books that I've let pile up on my book shelf along with those that are eagerly awaiting to be purchased on my new kindle.
It's been quite a while since I've picked up those beloved J.K. Rowling books, so it seems only fitting that I start my semester full of literature with my favorite wizard.
Recently, though, while I was wasting time going through Pinterest, I came across a pin about a summer reading list that every young reader needs to make their way through. There are plenty of pins out there that have reading list recommendations such as this, but this one especially stuck out to me. It essentially called me out, said to avoid rereading HP, and instead, pick up these 95 other exceptional novels. I'll admit it, throughout college, I never strayed away from any of the Nicolas Sparks books, the Hunger Games Trilogy, or any book that was turned into a movie. This was my complacent mind set that told me I shouldn't stray away from what were the apparent hits. Whether it be the Fault In Our Stars, The Perks of Being a Wallflower or the Lucky One, I just wanted to READ, and the most popular books were the most enticing. (Side Bar: I really don't have a problem reading books after I see the movie, and I do it quite often. Actually, I think I enjoy it more simply because I know that the books will be significantly better than the movies. We all know that the onscreen adaptation never truly lives up to the magic that a timeless novel conveys through beautifully incorporated literary devices.)
I realize there are a plethora of books that are eagerly awaiting to be read, but I will take the punch and put them aside for a couple of weeks until I work my way through 7 years of Hogwarts schooling. What can I say? I'm a sucker for that black haired, green eyed wizard. After that, I will dive into many potential good reads this website provided; atop my list are Unsaid, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, Gone Girl, Julie and Julia, and American Sniper. I am always up for suggestions, so if anybody recommends any novels that you think are worthwhile, please let me know!