Written By Yatika Patodi (Grade 8)
“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one mind to another.” – James Russell Lowell.
No, I was never a bibliophile. I didn’t like reading books and always thought of reading as a tedious activity, but it changed. I started reading books. To my surprise, it was a pleasure!
As time passed, I have read an ample number of books. But I would like to share with you 4 books that you need to read and why.
1) The Fault in Our Stars: Hazel Grace was a cancer patient, who was a part of a cancer support group. She meets a boy named Augustus in one meeting, and they felt sort of an attachment. After all the anxiety and difficulties, they enjoyed their life thoroughly. Reading this book made me feel like nothing is impossible and nothing has to be perfect. Living your life in the best way possible is the only thing you need. Life is short. We should enjoy it while we can!
2) To Kill a Mockingbird: The word mockingbird represents the idea of innocence, which is why, to kill a mockingbird, suggests to demolish innocence. This is a life lesson book and teaches you what is right and what is wrong. It teaches you how to respect elders and others. The narrator is a six-year-old tomboy who lives with her father, who is a lawyer, and her elder brother. In the novel, the narrator tries to get her neighbor out of his house and that boy is never seen again.
3) Eleanor & Park: Eleanor & Park, two teens in the 1980’s trying to figure out their own struggles. The story started on a school bus, while they were forced to sit together. Hate turns into love. Looks aren’t everything, your personality matters too. Well, this book is like a rollercoaster of life. At first, Eleanor & Park are shown as two young teens, who met on the bus while going to school and hated each other. But then, things changed and slowly, they started loving each other!
4) Five Feet Apart: It doesn’t take much time for irritation to change into love. It was an infection, the chance of a lung transplant, but wanting to get out of the hospital was one thing they needed. Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in a hospital, and her life was full of routines and self-control; until she met a boy who was suffering from the same illness. He was immensely charming and sweet. Except for the beautiful love story, it also gives everyone the idea of the genetic disease – cystic fibrosis. Reading this book will surely make you feel sorry for the people going through such things.
Now, out of these 4 books, if I were to choose one which I found the best, I would go with The Fault in Our Stars. All I can say is that it is a beautifully written book and if you read this book, it will leave you feeling tons of emotion. The novel is written by a remarkable author, John Green. I am sure you will cherish it if you read it!
Books are uniquely portable magic. Reading books is a calming process. If you start reading them once, there’s nothing that can take your interest off of it.
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