Why do I Read books? It's a question some people ask me when I can watch and find out about the story in a movie or TV. I read books because the story telling is different than watching it. The characters in the story are given deeper appreciation and understanding. Books give you a lot of time to think more about the story and carefully understand each chapter. It helps you find out what characters of the story really goes through at specific scenes.
I listed the top books I have read with the exception of The Little Prince which is obviously on the top of my list:
1. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be.”
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
“Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.”
“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don't like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don't know why we are sad, so we say we aren't sad but we really are.”
3. A Song Of Fire And Ice by George R. R. Martin
"Valar Morghulis" (All Men Must Die)
"Valar Dohaeris" (All Men Must Serve)
4. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
“The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”
“Emotion is contagious.”
“To be someone's best friend requires a minimum investment of time. More than that, though, it takes emotional energy. Caring about someone deeply is exhausting.”
5. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
6. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
“Without pain, how could we know joy?'"
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
“You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
7. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
“Sometimes you're going to be faced with situations where the line isn't clear between what's right and what's wrong.Your heart will tell you to do one thing and your brain will tell you to do something different. In the end, all that's left is to look at both sides and go with your best judgment.”
8. The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
“Half of this story is true and the other half might very well have happened.”
“The best way of travel, however, if you aren't in any hurry at all, if you don't care where you are going, if you don't like to use your legs, if you don't want to be annoyed at all by any choice of directions, is in a balloon. In a balloon, you can decide only when to start, and usually when to stop. The rest is left entirely to nature.”
9. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
10. The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
"Sometime the hating has to stop"
This book really moved me from cover to cover. And it is just a great true story about the war and I am still in awe about everything that happened to this man. Definitely must read before seeing the movie.
Still have other books to upload later.