I used to HATE reading. I think I cliff-noted almost every book for a book report and skimmed my way through boring textbooks. I was never really interested in the required reading like, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Shakespeare.
A few years ago I was sitting on a beach, in the hot sun and decided to pick up a book. Ever since then I have not stopped reading. I have become a bit of a book nerd and have to have the physical book in my hands. E-books just don’t cut it for me. I enjoy many different genres and decided to put together a little list of my favorite books so you can enjoy them too!
- Under the Banner of Heaven by: John Krakauer (Buy on Amazon)
If you live in Utah this book is a must-read! I had never known much about the history of Utah before reading this book. It is about the Lafferty brothers who committed a violent murder because they claimed they received an order from God. The author sheds insight to the Mormon Fundamentalist group and also talks about the history of the Mormon religion.
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by: Audrey Niffenegger (Buy on Amazon)
I am not usually into science fiction but I really enjoyed this novel. Henry is a time-traveler and he meets his wife, Clare, when she is 6 years old. He is 36 at the time. It’s really not as creepy as it sounds I promise! The book jumps back in time and then forward and it creates this beautiful but sad love story. There is also a movie based on the book so that is always fun to watch when you are finished reading.
3.Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor’s Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple by Deborah Layton (Buy on Amazon)
Have you ever heard someone say “Don’t drink the kool-aid?” This is the story of where that quote came from. This book is a true story about a survivor from the Jonestown mass suicides. I found this book while watching a documentary about the Peoples Temple. I find a lot of really good books that way. This book contains a lot of inside information about what it was like living and being brainwashed by one of the most dangerous cults in history.
4.The Girl on the Train by: Paula Hawkins (Buy on Amazon)
This is one of the best books I have ever read. This is one of those books I could not put down. It is about an alcoholic, Rachel, who can’t seem to let go of her ex-husband, Tom. Rachel rides the train and watches a couple who seems to be perfect. The couple lives a few doors down from Tom. As she takes the train each day she starts to learn more and more about the couple and sees some disturbing events.
5.The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry & Gina DeJesus by:John Glatt (Buy on Amazon)
We all remember when the three girls in Cleveland were found by a man named Charles Ramsey. If I need to refresh your memory, “I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway!” This book is about the three girls that were found after being held captive for 10 years. It documents their lives during those ten horrifying years and then tells the amazing story of how they finally were rescued.
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