1. Of Mice and Men
You've probably all heard of this book, but have you read it? I read it two years ago and it made me view books very differently to how I did back then. Until then, books were a whole. They were composed of words that sounded clever at times and many words made a book. But OMAM allowed me to view a book as each word being a separate thing, and it was the first book I really analysed so I suppose that helped my perspective of future books. But I think it's more than that... There's something very philosophical about the story and everyone should read it at least once in their lives.
2. Ketchup Clouds
I read this book a year ago and it still haunts me. There's something very different about a murderer when it's a child. The book is composed of letters to a man on death row from a girl who needs to talk to someone about what she has done, and the letters tell the story. It's a very realistic situation and I encourage anyone who wants to learn a life lesson to read this.
3. The Great Gatsby
I'm guessing you've all heard of this one! I am currently reading this book, and I have mixed reviews. I haven't included this must-read on the list because it's particularly good - if anything, the other two are far superior. It shows you both how to write and how not to write at the same time. It is a slow plot with repetitive description which annoys me, but then you come across a pure gem of a sentence and it gives me faith in the book. Most people love it, and I am half convinced, so I would encourage you to read it simply because you learn what to put in your own manuscript and what to leave out. It's a great self help book of nothing else.
Are there any books that you think are a must-read? And do you agree or disagree with my Gatsby thoughts? Let's have a conversation in the comments!
The Book Critic x