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10 Books To Read, As Told By A Journalism Major

Whether you’re looking for something to relax with, or are making “reading more” a new year’s resolution, there are always perks to reading. I love that you can delve into another world and live the lives of hundreds of new people just by turning some pages. With help from various sources, and my personal experiences, I’ve compiled a list of must-read books. This list is in no particular order because all of the books were too good to try to scale in numerical order!

1. Adulting: How to become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, Kelly Williams Brown
This book is exactly what it sounds like – a how-to guide on how to be, and function like an adult. Have you ever had to call your mom from college, because you didn’t know how to make real food, let alone Kraft-Dinner? Because I’ve done that before. Have you ever taken a photo of the washing machine in your building and texted it to your mom because she did your laundry until you moved out when you were 18? My older sister did as soon as she left for college. I know this book sounds absolutely absurd, and like it couldn’t be useful at all, but it surprisingly is! Based on Kelly William Brown’s popular blog, ADULTING makes the “real worl” approachable, and manageable. Some things you’ll find in the book is: • What to check for when renting a new apartment-Not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things. • The secret to finding a mechanic you love-Or, more realistically, one that will not rob you blind. • Tackling your bills and your debt

2. Taking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), Lauren Graham
A New York Times bestseller, Talking as Fast as I can, is a must read! If you’re a Gilmore Girl fan, there is no doubt that you were probably anxiously awaiting the revival to come to Netflix on November 25th. Now, you can read a collection of personal essays by Lauren Graham (Lorelei Gilmore!) where she reveals stories about life, love and working as a women in Hollywood – and who doesn’t want a little behind-the-scenes look into what it was like filming the Gilmore Girls revival?

3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them: The Original Screenplay, J.K Rowling
Growing up, I was addicted to Harry Potter. I’ve noticed that right now we’re in that strange no man’s land of people old enough to remember the first release of the Philosopher’s Stone (guilty.) and those who were far too young to be involved in the craze – but thankfully, J.K Rowling has opened the world of magic to us unworthy muggles again! I may be a bit biased, and super nerding out, but I highly recommened Fantastic Beasts. It was such an easy read, and was filled with quick wit and plenty pages of great humour (if you like sarcasm like myself, you’ll definitely be a fan of Jacob!) For those of you who were Harry Potter fans – the whole concept of Albus’ deceased sister makes so much more sense now! You have to read it!

4. The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins
With the recent release of this movie in theatres, this 2015 bestseller resurfaces as a must-read. An Excerpt from Chapters Indigo reads “Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this #1 New York Times bestselling psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.”

5. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is about a foster child who lives in Germany at the beginning of World War II. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. The Book Thief is an absolutely heartbreaking read (but an amazing one) that reminds us of the importance of books, and how they have the ability to feed our souls.

6. The Girl Who Came Home, Hazel Gaynor
This is another read if you like a historical aspect in your book, like me! It is a bit older of a book, but equally as good! The book flips between seventeen year old, Maggie Murphy in 1912 Ireland, and Grace Butler, her great-granddaughter, in 1982. The book blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic’s impact and the aftermath on the survivors and their descendants. I read this book in less than three days, I was so captivated with it. 

 7. 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher 
 “Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.” – This book is perfect for those who like the mystery aspect, but I found this book to be super powerful. Thirteen Reasons Why changed me. It made me step back from my life and realize that every action I take affects someone else, whether it be good or bad. (This is something I was already aware of, but this book definitely but it into a bigger perspective.) 

 8. Harry Potter and The Cursed ChildJ K Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Sorry not sorry for another book by or related to J.K Rowling - I couldn't resist. Although this one screams "fan fiction" and feels like you're reading something completely absurd if you're a diehard J.K fan, it is surprisingly a fantastic read! 

 9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
This one some of you may have already read to prepare for the release of the movie this year, but just in case you haven't, i'm here to plant the bug in your head. You should read it! Even though I feel books will always trump the movie, this one was practically a tie. If for some reason you haven't watched the movie yet, I highly recommend reading the book. It's impeccable. 

 10. Humans Of New York: Stories, Brandon Stanton
Looking for some inspiration? Try reading Humans of New York: Stories. It's a bit more of a light read for those with heavy course loads, and minimal time to delve into a large novel. It's the perfect combination of photographs and stories. Like an adult picture book!

No matter whether you utilize this list or not, I hope that 2017 will suck you into different realms, and stories through the books of the past, present and tomorrow. Read on, bookies! 

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Orwell's "1984" should be on the top of the list. Forget about all the new-age hippie sh!t.
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Hi Anonymous! 

I definitely respect your opinion! My list is composed of modern new-age fiction and non-fiction that people may find more joy in reading to destress. The easy-reads, if you will. If I were to create a classic novels you should indulge in, I definitely would be including Orwell's 1984, as well as some Jane Austen and Emily Bronte. :)
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I totally love your list. I've only read 9 and 7 and the rest sound really interesting! Good choices, though. I'm not taking journalism but I recommend this book for you if you haven't read it yet: Into the wild by Jon Krakauer. And all books by Jon Krakauer, they are very interesting and worth the read! (Jon Krakauer is a journalist and his writing is so beautiful ) :)
Other books to read are: 
I was here by Gayle Forman: It is similar to 13 Reasons Why in the same way that the protagonist committed suicide but she doesn't leave a note and her best friend has to uncover all the mystery behind her death.  
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and  Siobhan Vivian: it's a tale of revenge amongst 17-year-old girls. I loved it! But it's a trilogy and the suspense involved is what makes it most interesting. 

I'm not sure if you know this but  Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children has two other books: Hollow city and Library of souls, you should definitely read those and see a twist on Jacob and Emma!! :) :)

Ok. That's all for now. Take care :)

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Hi Marieta-rita! 

Thank you for your compliment! I'm glad that you liked the list! I will definitely look into your suggestions! (I'm quite a bookworm, so I love good suggestions!) I read Gayle Forman's If I Stay (the book was much better than the movie in my opinion) but I'll definitely look into I was here

Thanks again for the great suggestions! :)
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Is into the wild the one about christopher mccandles that was made into a movie with the eddie vedder sound track?  If so my girlfriend read it and said it was great.  While we're talking books, I'll toss in a few:

Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
A fantastic book with some of the most eloquent use of the english language I have ever read.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Such an amazing story.  This author is probably my favorite storyteller.  Read everything he writes, it's always a great story.

If you like science, read anything by Jules Verne.  He makes some predictions about technology and science that are right on the money considering he wrote in the late 1800's.

Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
This book makes up a trilogy, so read them all if you want, but I found this one good as a standalone book.

The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K Le Guin
Beautiful sci-fi.  Seriously, book one if you're into science fiction.

The Day of the Triffids - John Windham
Cool book.  Cool story.

1984 is basically mandatory reading for anybody alive on this entire planet of Earth, and if you like it, I would very highly recommend A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.  Raises a lot of the same implications as 1984 but takes a different perspective and approach. 

Man, I could go on for hours.  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Moby Dick, Frankenstein, Dracula, Everything by Conrad, Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, Don Quixote, Gulliver's Travels.  I really love the classics.  Stories about sailing and piracy are also pretty fun.  And don't even get me started on fantasy.  Fantasy is my favorite and it doesn't even get a place on my list.  Maybe because it usually reaffirms the good conquers evil mentality and if you're going to recommend a book, it should be one that will change a person's perspective.

Man, I love to read.  I have no time for it during school and it drives me crazy.  Read EVERYTHING!!!

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Thanks for your input, Chris! 

I'll definitely look into some of the titles you shared! :) I totally love that you mentioned some classics in your suggestions! I think that they are always overlooked, and under appreciated, especially with the young folks today!
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I will say that the classics can be a tough read.  I don't mean that it's "hard", that's a silly concept.  People get different things out of books, and it's always great, and never "incorrect".  I would say that trying really hard to decide what an author is trying to say isn't worth it if there's a chance you could be wrong.  Take what you can and if it's wrong, that's on the author, not the reader.  Books are words and there's nothing "hard" about it.
Really what I mean when I say tough is how long and tiring they feel.  They use older sentence structure and that can be tiring for the brain to dissect.  I could read a "Song of Ice and Fire" book in a week, but it would take me a month to get through Moby Dick.  Read enough classics in a row and you start talking differently.
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