Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - I won't say I completely agree with Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism that she presents in this book (especially where it comes to her atheistic view and aversion to doing anything nice solely for the sake of being nice). However, she presents excellent points about truth, rationality, responsibility for actions, and the value of hard work. The philosophy is conveyed through the vehicle of dynamic and compelling characters and events that makes this an enjoyable book that I would call a must-read.
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld - This is a fun, futuristic sci-fi series about a dystopian society of tyrannical control. It's a page-turner for sure.
Watchers by Dean Koontz - An exciting and emotional tale that examines the dichotomy of good vs. evil.
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins - A futuristic dystopian society punishes former rebels by making their children battle it out to the death in "The Hunger Games" each year. Excitement, adventure, and a sweet little romance weave through this gripping trilogy.
The Giver by Lois Lowery - I guess I like futuristic dystopian stories about oppressive governments, because here's another one. This is a great, thought-provoking tale of safety verses freedom, choice, and progression.
If You Could See Me Now by Cecilia Ahern - This is a fun story. It turns out that imaginary friends are real, wonderful confidants, and even open to a little romance. Sounds strange, but it's very fun and heart-warming.
A Walk to Remember by Nicolas Sparks - The heart-wrenching tale of young love, loss, and finding meaning in life.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer -Alien body-snatchers have taken over the world, but they didn't count on human tenacity and the way love changes people to the very core.
The Children of the Promise Series by Dean Hughes - This is a
historical fiction series that takes place during the onset of WWII on
through it's conclusion. It follows a family of Mormons as they are
pulled into every aspect of involvement from life back home to life as a
P.O.W. and more.
The Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull -
This is a fun and fabulous fairytale series (comparable to Harry
Potter) where fables are real and the mythical creatures live on
preserves where only certain people are privy to the truth. It is fun
and gripping, and full of deep truths about the nature of good and evil. What are your favorite books? I'm always on the lookout for something new to read and love!