So I recently asked book twitter and bookstagram to tell me one book that they think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime, and why. Here are some of the responses I got:
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
@Cutloosebooklo1 – For me it was the closest anyone else had ever got to describing my depression, before I read that book I didn’t even realise that’s what I had: I thought it was just my personality!
@HedwigsBooks – The struggle of being a woman on top of the ongoing stigma attached to mental illness is very relevant still. Also, the story is heartbreaking while being cathartic.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
@AvalinahsBooks – Because it’s so many things!! And also it shows how we can see a person badly for all the wrong (mental health) reasons and disassembles this through the change of the portrayal of the main character throughout the book.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
@AndOnSheReads1 – The way it tracks the damage of war and poverty resonates whatever year it is. It demonstrates the importance of systems like healthcare and education. It’s a breathtaking read, one of the most powerful books ever written, and simply beautiful.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
@bibliomedico – My all-time favourite book, through it, I cried, smiled, hoped… ALL THE FEELINGS. Everyone should read it, to learn about wars, to recognise people sufferings. talks about love and war, overcoming tragedies and fighting for peace and freedom.
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
@motifink – Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez – The book is deep and it touches upon so many things that people may not think of. It is not only a fantastic conversation piece but it keeps you interested and emotionally invested.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
@cindystorybook – It’s an easy read, and the messages in the book are powerful. Definitely recommend it.
Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
@v_nerdbooks – It shows how very uneducated about HIV and AIDS we were in the 80’s, and also it is really the first book that ever made me completely sob.
Which one book do you think everyone should read in their lifetime? and why?
Have you read any of these books?
Let me know in the comments!