They surprised the heck out of me. These six emotionally- filled, adventure- driven, heartstring- tugging books who have since joined on my list of the greatest books ever written. (Check my profile if you're curious to the kind of books I like.)
I scoffed. Yes. I literally scoffed at people (behind their backs, of course) who suggested these books were worth my time.
What do they know? These people have no idea what I like, I mumble under my breath while grabbing a different book off the shelf and heading up to the cashier.
You see, people have opinions. Strong ones. And sometimes...well... they just don’t align with mine. This is okay. I love this about people.
I have a point to this, I promise.
Many years passed before I relented and sat down with the books on my list below. My point is- I read them and loved them.
6. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
1. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
*Side note: I wish to thank those six people who shall remain nameless and apologize for humoring them by listening to them yammer on and on about these books all-the-while screaming and ridiculing them quietly in my head. Obviously, they knew what they were talking about. This time.
Have you ever turned your nose up at a book then read it years later to find out it was awesome? Or vice versa, read a current book everyone's reading and wonder, "WHY?" (Go ahead an name the book if you want, I'll keep my opinion to myself. Unless you ask for it.)
"The next time I feel the urge to criticize I will ask myself two questions: given the same circumstances and no hindsight would I have done better, and who asked me for my opinion in the first place?" — The Zen Humanist