Books I’ve Read This Year

Whether on my own time or for school, these are the books I’ve read in 2014. A simple list.

1) Unsouled by Neal Shusterman

This is the third book in the fantastic “Unwind” series. Though the character development is somewhat stereotypical, the constant plot twists and philosophical questions presented in this novel (and series in general) are worthwhile. Seriously, read this series.

2) King Lear by Willaim Shakespeare

Dude, it’s Shakespeare…I’m not sure what else to say. It’s a classic, though less known than Hamlet or Macbeth, and I have made it a life goal to read all of Shakespeare. So I could be a little biased.

3) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

John and Hank Green are some of my favorite YouTubers, and if you have not read this book, YOU NEED TO. Seriously. It seems from the writing style it should just be another young adult romance/cancer book, but it is so much more, addressing the issues of human mortality and each person’s desire to be loved and remembered. Even the romantic/cancer side of the book is anything but stereotypical. But be warned, it is quite depressing at times, though you should read the questions to the author at the end (if you buy that copy) because John Green’s personal reflections can be uplifting after that tough read.

4) The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

The Other Wes Moore outlines the lives of two men, both named Wes Moore, who both grew up in the same area, discovering the differences in their lives that allows one to become a Rhodes Scholar, soldier, and employee of the White House, whereas the other ends up in prison for murder. This was the book assigned to all freshman to read over the summer so we can discuss the novel during orientation. Additionally, the author Wes Moore will be speaking at our college. All in all, my college sent me a free book, so I was sold. This is non fiction, but feels like fiction because it is told through stories, with each chapter focusing on one major point of the two Wes Moores’ lives.

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