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The Top Five Most Unforgettable Books (IMO)

Over the last twenty-something years, I have probably read more than 500+ books and a few of them have stuck with me, living rent-free in my head. Some of these titles have taught me a lot about humanity and the resilience of character. Others have challenged my thoughts on human existence connection, while others I just thoroughly enjoyed.

Here are 5 of my most unforgettable Booktok hits!

  1. The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

Set in the 1950s, Ponyboy Curtis and his two eldest brothers are learning how to cope with the loss of their parents and a turf war brewing between the Greasers and the South Side Socs. Who will rule the town’s streets? Who’s tougher? And who will live to see the end?

I don’t think I can ever make it to the end of this without being in tears. But to be fair, I’ve cried through most of the most popular Booktok recommended reads.

2. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

A graphic memoir detailing the most horrific case of child abuse. Dave Pelzer recounts in graphic and horrifying detail the abuse he endured at the hands of his mother. Seriously I think about this book more often than I’d like but it is well worth the read.

3. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

This book haunts me. Written anonymously, it recounts a girl’s experience with drugs, sex abuse, and suicidal thoughts. It is harrowing. But honestly, I think reading it at an early age saved me from a lot of experiences. I mean, I also didn’t go out. I was at home reading.

4. Holes by Louis Sachar

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I was blessed to meet Louis Sachar for a book signing on the release of the sequel Small Steps at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, OH. I highly recommend Small Steps, as it follows the life of Armpit after his time at Camp Greenlake!

5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

A book I was assigned to read during my sophomore year of college. A harrowing tale about human design, organ donation, and finding human purpose.

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2 responses to “The Top Five Most Unforgettable Books (IMO)”

  1. I’ve read ‘Go Ask Alice, ‘Holes,’ and ‘A Child Called ‘It.” I don’t remember ‘Holes’ but I was surprised at how thoughtful and well-written his book ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ was when I read it as an adult.

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