I was sitting at a coffee shop one afternoon after a very stressful day when I stumbled across an article on the benefits of giving more. So naturally, I thought, well this is just the thing I need! So how about I tell you which books I swear by as gifts to practically anyone? Sounds good? Yeah? I thought so too.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I LOVE THIS BOOK. I feel like I can’t say enough good things about it. I first heard about it years ago when I was still in high school and never got to reading it until my college days. It was a happy accident that I found it sitting on the floor of a bookshop scouring heaps of pre-owned books. I can still vividly remember that day. I got it for such a bargain price although let me tell you I would pay double, even triple, it’s original price just to get it and be able to give it to someone. I just think it is full of life lessons told in the eyes of a child which makes it genuine–sincere. It’s that kind of book that when you finish, you tend to think back and take a closer look at how you see things. I have re-read this book so many times and every time I take away something good, something I can live by. I gave this book to my sister as a gift and she too was touched by the profound simplicity of the story. The plot and its lessons never get old and make us want to be better humans. Go get this and give it to someone! I promise they will thank you for it. I can’t wait for the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman on July 14, 2015. You can bet that I will get my hands on that.
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Never have I read something so close to how I felt. Reading this books made me feel like I was the one writing it. The emotions were so raw, unedited, so genuine yet fierce. I think it is the mother of coming-of-age stories in my opinion. It gives us a glimpse of what life is like in hiding and constant fear. However it also lets us realize how love, hope, and faith keep anyone, no matter how old, living and laughing and moving forward. I recommend this as a good read to everybody to see that courage can be harboured even in the faintest of hearts. It makes us appreciate all the liberties we enjoy today. Give it and you are doing that person a favor.
Paano Ba ‘To?! by Bianca Gonzales
Now this was a happy surprise for me. I enjoyed reading it so much and I know you will too. This is such a good book made by a Filipino to the Filipino youth. I found myself smiling all the while I was reading it, I could have highlighted the whole thing! What I like about it is that it’s interactive. It’s so much fun! You are encouraged to write, or highlight, or list things in the book. It’s got stickers and doodles for crying out loud! It makes you a part of it. It will be an awesome gift to those in their teens and early 20’s. What made me love this even more is that even if I am past some of the things she was sharing, it made sense to me. I was enjoying being able to relate to every single thing. It talks about love, and family, and faith, and money (yah), and finding your purpose in life. Some deep stuff for you there. Grab this and you will not regret giving this to someone you love or just for yourself you know what I’m saying? If you know someone struggling in that awkward phases of life, GIVE.THEM.THIS.BOOK.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I have been debating between this and Sense and Sensibility but I ended up favoring pride for some unknown reason (I know, I am no help at all.) I am a big Austen fan. I just love her wit and her humor. It’s very refreshing yet very compelling as well. She describes her characters so eloquently that you find yourself knowing them in a personal level. The way the scenery was described is crisp you could almost smell tea and the grass in the meadows. It is a very good way if you would like to introduce someone into reading the classics. I have recommended it to a handful of people and I have never been wrong.
Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice
Okay. Let me breathe for a minute here. I know I said I was a big Austen fan but boy am I a much much much BIGGER Anne Rice fan. Having said that I am yet to purchase her latest book Prince Lestat but we can look past that right? I was a bit skeptical to put this simply because this is an intense book. I have a review on this book where I talk all about it. I wouldn’t exactly give it to someone in their teens unless they are hardcore readers with an immense understanding of their beliefs and principles. This is a book for the open-minded. It can be a conversation piece and I personally think this can create intellectual discussions. It is a part of the Vampire Chronicles but it is a great stand alone if you ask me. If you haven’t read it then I suggest you give it a try. You might just find yourself thinking about how you define salvation and hell. See? Intense right?
So, those are my top picks for yah, as of now… Which books do you think are great as gifts? please let me know and if you have any book suggestions that you think I should read…