Favorite Books + Current Reading List

 Something I have failed at doing in high school was reading, which sounds crazy considering I always took gifted and AP English classes, and I loved to read when I was younger. Got to get those AR points and go above and beyond the 25 book reading challenge. Truthfully? I didn’t really read a lot of the books I was assigned. In ninth grade, I finished one book, To Kill a Mockingbird, the entire year. I hate being forced to do something, so reading definitely took a back seat. As a junior, I started to like reading again. I began to read things I enjoyed in school rather than being forced to read things I didn’t like. Today I wanted to share with y’all my absolute favorite books in addition to the books that are currently on my reading list.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer | This is my all time favorite book. I read this my junior year for AP Lang, and this book changed my life in a weird way. No, I didn't want to go throw away everything I owned and live in Alaska, but it did make me want to get more connected to nature in a safer way. I absolutely love how Krakauer writes. This started off with as an article for Outsider magazine, and then it evolved to this book. 

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll | Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was my favorite book when I was in middle school. It really is an adventure, and I love how crazy everything is. Through the Looking Glass isn't my favorite, but it's still worth a read if you get a copy with both stories in it. 

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger | This is another book I read in AP Lang. I think I liked this book for different reasons than most people. I hate Holden, but I love this book because of how it is written. If for some reason you didn't read this in high school, I defintely recommend it. 

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer | This was one of June Favorites, and it is one of the best books I've read. It's one of Krakauer's newer books, so his writing is even better than it is in Into the Wild. It's really emotionally draining because you read about multiple trials and victims. It's definitely not something you could or should read it one day. It took me about two weeks to finish. 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | Fun fact: This is the book I used on my open choice essay for AP Lit. This was part of my summer reading last year, and I absolutely loved it. It's different than anything I've been required to read for school. It won the Pulitzer Prize, and it definitely holds up to the hype. 

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed | This is the book I am reading right now, and I am really excited about it. It definitely has a happier ending than Into the Wild, but it is still about going off and wandering on an adventure. I haven't seen the Reese Witherspoon movie, but that's also on my list once I finish the book. 

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer | Another Krakauer book. Are we surprised? I found this one of our bookshelf when I found Missoula. I don't know anything about the story, but my dad told me that it is crazy. It's about two Mormon fundamentalist who believed they were told by God to kill this woman and her child. Krakauer explores the beginnings of the church and the history, which I think is really cool because I don't know too much about it. 

The Deep South by Paul Theroux | This was a graduation present from my brother and his girlfriend. I've read the beginning of it, and it's super interesting. It's about this man who travels throughout the South and learns about why certain things are the way they are down here, and it starts in Tuscaloosa! 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen | This book has been on my reading list since seventh grade. I will finish it before going to college. I love the 2005 movie so much, and I really just need to sit down and finish it. 

Why Football Matters by Mark Edmundson | Another present from my brother and his girlfriend. I've gotten through about half of it. Football is incredibly near and dear to my heart, and Edmundson writes about how high school football changed him and made him better. 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey | I saw the play at the Alliance Theater last fall, and I have wanted to read the book since then. The play was so amazing, and the book takes a look at how mental health was dealt with in America during the 50s and 60s. It's a really emotionally draining story, but I think it's a really important one too. 

Okay, so I know I didn't provide the lightest of readings, but Kate Hendricks aka Kate the Wasp released the first part of her book! I am so excited to read it, and I can't wait until the full book is out.
xx, jKm

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