Books I Took a Chance On & I’m Glad I Did

You may call it a book recommendation, but I just want to share with you the books that made me the reader I am today. These are books that I read during my high school years, most of them are NOT required reading. I read mainly for enjoyment and escapism, so I tend to look for books far from my current reality.

Also, I consider these books as hidden gems because I found most of them in secondhand bookstores, and I don’t see many people talk about them. I just want to mention that these are not necessarily my favorite books, but they are novels that made me want to read more. These stories made me realize if I can feel all these emotions from one book, then let me read more.

I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles

This is the very first historical fiction I have read. Since then, I have been fascinated with the Tudor era (but I’m not an expert), and Queen Elizabeth I became one of my favorite historical figures. Sadly, I lost my copy because I lent it to someone and she never returned it. But, I’m looking for a copy because I want to reread it. (I want to know if I’m going to love it as much as I did the first time I read it.)

Moreover, it follows the life of Queen Elizabeth from being the bastard princess to becoming the virgin queen of England. This novel shows that a woman can lead a country, as well. Also, if you’re interested in historical romance, you may consider reading this book.  

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Another first for me right here because this is the first non-fiction book I have read. I didn’t know that it was non-fiction. I obviously do not know how to read because it says in the title of the book “A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster”. Honestly, I thought it was another fiction book. But, I enjoyed it anyway, so I guess that’s more than enough.

While I was reading this book, it felt like I was experiencing labored breathing. As they climbed higher the atmosphere becomes thinner and it was getting harder to breathe. There were moments where I had to close the book and take a deep breath. If I’ll be picking up another non-fiction maybe I’ll try the other novels written by Jon Karakauer.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The only dystopian novel I have read. (But, I’m planning to read more soon. If you have any recommendation, kindly comment them down below. Thank you!) I have read The Giver for my English class in high school. At first, I thought it was boring because there was no color. All the characters see everything in black and white because they cannot recognize colors. But, as the monochromatic society became more colorful, my enjoyment heightened.

I want to revisit this world and continue reading the other books in the quartet. I remembered being amazed with how the Giver transfers memories to the Receiver, who is Jonas. He is the main character in the story. Aside from gaining the ability to recognize colors, Jonas also experienced how cold the snow is and how warm the sun is. The simple things people take for granted is something that Jonas experienced for the first time in his life. It felt like I was experiencing everything for the first time, as well. His journey became my own, and that makes it unforgettable.

Left Behind by Dr. Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Reading stories about the apocalypse, and its aftermath are both interesting and educational for me. Educational in a sense that I somehow will be prepared for what’s to come because I’ve seen people go through it and survive. (Well, the joke’s on me now because I’m not ready at all with everything that is happening now.) Though it might seem frightening, this series also explores faith; the kind you always have within you, the kind you may have lost, and the kind you may discover.

However, I’m still not yet done with reading this series. I need to pick up the fourth book really soon. Frankly, I’m not even halfway through the series. Take note, I started reading it when I was in high school. This series has been mentioned in my previous blog post where I talked about all the series I need to finish.

Click here: Why are We So Bad at Reading Sequels?

My reading taste would’ve been different if I didn’t choose these books. I may not be a reader at all if it wasn’t for these novels. Books let us navigate a world different from us without leaving the comfort of our home. This has been quite a journey already, but I’m not stopping now. There are still lots of pages to get lost in.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. For now, open that book and come read with me.

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