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Books have to potential to change your life by making you reevaluating your current beliefs and perspectives. As technology has advanced, becoming more accessible and entertaining, people have been reading for pleasure less. Though social media is great, there are some times where you should disconnect and shift your focus onto other hobbies (such as reading!). Here are a few books that you ought to read before logging back onto Tumblr.

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1. The Anatomy of Being by Shinji Moon

Poetry has a bad rap for seeming overdramatic, but Shinji is extremely relatable and her poems are easy to understand. This book is a great way to explore the realm of poetry.

More poetry: Survival Songs by Meggie Royer, I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together by Mira Gonzalez

2. The Girls Guide To Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Banks

This book is a collection of short stories through the perspective of a woman, Jane. This book is funny, but there are also some deeper, darker truths that it uncovers as Jane finds herself.

Similar books: Bridget Jones’ Diary, Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

You should read the Great Gatsby because 1) it’ll help you understand the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, 2) it’s well written,  3) it’s the “great American novel“, and most importantly (obviously), 4) so you can understand the jokes on Tumblr with The Great Gatsby references.

Similar books: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

4. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

You should read at least on play by Shakespeare to see what all the fuss is about, so why not read the most famous one. Romeo and Juliet may be a bit off putting because of the old language, but no fear because there are plenty of resources to help you understand. When you read, pay attention to his metaphors and language because that’s what distinguishes his writing from other authors.

Similar books: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

5. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

This is probably one of the lengthier reads on this list, but its completely worth it. This book will impress everyone, even those who normally hate science fiction novels.

Similar books: Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata

 6. The Catcher in the Rye by  J. D. Salinger

This book is about growing up and has themes of teenage angst and the feeling of alienation that you may experience in high school and growing up (probably to a lesser degree). It’s worth the read.

Similar books: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Looking For Alaska by John Green

7. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Fall in love with nonfiction thorough this memoir. This book is written in an easy-to-read and understand fashion, but there are many depths of it beyond the surface meaning.

More non-fiction:  The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Night by Elie Wiesel, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is a classic (or at least, it should be). It has defined a generation of readers and it got a lot of people to start loving books again. If you hate reading, the Harry Potter series is a great way to find your love for it.

Similar books: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collin, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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