It’s Worth a Read

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Subhadra M., Staff Writer

     There’s always that one book, that one story. The one that changes everything and opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Every person has the one that makes them want to read more. It may not even be their favorite book. It’s just a story. Some of the most popular books are so well-known because they were very good at being the one book. Here are a few big ones:

 

  1. The Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling: This one is so, so, so popular, but it would surprise you how many people never finished reading the series. It can be wordy at times, but there are so many hidden details and wonderful jokes that you would miss if you only watched the famous movie series. It’s action-packed, but it also details daily life as a teenage wizard. The series is completed, with a total of seven main books.
  2. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio: A touching novel, Wonder is about a ten-year-old boy named August. He was homeschooled all his life, but his parents decide for him to start middle school. This story is about all of the aspects of life. It especially includes the fact that a little bit of kindness goes a long way. There are companion books and a movie, too, if you like this story.
  3. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, by Rick Riordan: This series is about Greek mythology going on as usual, with only one twist: it’s set in modern times. The sarcasm, action, and fantastic humor all contribute to this book’s amazing tone. The actual storyline spans over twenty (amazing) books, but this completed five-book series is the beginning of it all. It was made into two movies, but they’re very different from the books.
  4. Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt: This is a simply put, not quite famous, yet heartwarming book. It’s about a sixth grader, Ally, who has dyslexia. She always thought it was because she wasn’t smart that she had trouble reading. However, in this story, she learns that there are other ways to be smart and that a little bit of help does wonders. This book is a standalone, and it’s definitely worth reading.
  5. The Giver series, by Lois Lowry: This amazing series isn’t as well-known, but it’s written in a very fantastic way. It’s a dystopian novel set in a world without color, a world where the use of language is monitored carefully. It talks about how life has its ups and downs, and it also talks about the sorrows of a free life. The first book can be read as a standalone and was even made into a movie, though reading the full series of four books is rewarding. 
  6. The Maze Runner series, by James Dashner: I recently finished reading this story, and it’s by far one of the most captivating stories I’ve ever read. It’s about a few boys stuck in an unsolvable maze. We follow Thomas, the newest addition to the maze, as he and the rest of the boys try to figure their way out of there. This book is a part of a three-book series (with two companions), and the original trilogy has corresponding movies, as well.
  7. The Keeper of the Lost Cities series, by Shannon Messenger: This series is about elves! They don’t have pointy ears or speak like Shakespeare, though. These elves use cutting-edge technology, live in giant crystal houses, and defy every law of science you’ve ever known. When a girl finds out that she’s actually an elf, she works to expose the problems in their idealistic society. The series drags on a bit towards the end and isn’t completed yet, though it already has nine books in it and a tenth one coming. Also, it’s going to get a movie adaptation soon!

     All in all, these books are really amazing, well-written, and worth reading. They can cheer you up when you’re down, and they’re stories you will get invested in. My one book was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book in its series. Maybe, someday, one of these books will be yours.