Books; The Best Teachers by Averie Beaty

The novel 1984 by George Orwell tells of a dystopian society in which the inhabitants adhere to a strict schedule and are constantly monitored by an omniscient being called Big Brother. The books intensity and unexpected twists taught me that even school novels could be vigorously exciting. The parallels to modern day society gave me a true wake up call to how twisted our world can be.

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer is a true hero story of a professional football player turned Army Ranger who was tragically killed in battle by friendly fire. This non-fiction book was a summer assignment and with my family's background in both football and the Army, it truly spoke to me.

Jk Rowling has affected over a billion people worldwide with the timeless Harry Potter series. The coming of age story of a young wizard destined to save the world and everyone he loves is a triumph of literature. This wonderful series marked the beginning of my career as a reader and sparked my love for the pastime.

The Giver by Lois Lowrey, much like 1984, was a school assigned novel telling of a dystopian society. It is the story of a young boy who holds the wait weight of his worlds secrets on his shoulders.

In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby's lifelong goal is to impress Daisy, a love from many years before. Reading the book after watching the Academy Award winning film was not disappointing. It's realistic feel and tragic ending taught me that love is worth more than any material possession.

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, though fiction, is one of the most impactful stories of love I have ever read. It is the tail of a love triangle involving two best friends with an unbreakable bond stronger than imaginable. These books shook me to my core and left me euphoric and satisfied. They taught me, better than any experiences i have had yet, the power of love has over all else.

A book is a vessel through which knowledge, emotion, and instruction can be passed between us.

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