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Growing up, I always loved reading, but when I was in high school, I found myself reading only for school and not for fun. I read books and short stories because my teachers forced me to, and I realized that I missed reading the books I already enjoyed. During my first year at Pete, since all my classes were online and the workload was very light, I realized I had a lot of free time and decided to make use of it and started reading what I liked again. Since then, I try to make time during my day or week and read a few pages of a book, which has not only been fun but has also helped my mental health a lot.

When someone asks me about my favorite book, I sometimes find that question impossible to answer because how do I pick just one book? So instead of sharing just one of the many books that I love and will definitely re-read, I decided to share three. It was hard to pick just three out of all the books I’ve read, but these are my all-time favorites.

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Set in the jazz age of Long Island, New York, “The Great Gatsby” captures wealth and luxury through the main characters, Jay Gatsby, Nick Caraway and Daisy Buchanan, who live on the east and west sides of the city. This novel shows romance and crazy love in the 1920s and is still relevant in society today. It is relevant because of its depiction of universal themes such as human absurdity and the struggle between time and destiny combined with the hopelessness of societal expectations.

As Nick Carraway navigates Jay Gatsby’s life, he learns an important global lesson about how there is always a future that society has always sought but can never understand. Some may think this book is overly exaggerated and likely read it in high school where their teachers might have made the book look boring, but I promise you it’s worth a read and it’s a classic. There’s also a movie based on the book starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick that’s also worth watching!

“The Shell Seekers” by Rosamund Belcher

“The Shell Seekers” is a comforting read about the life of main character Penelope Keeling. As she tries to reconnect with the people and places she has been through, she examines her relationship with them. Throughout the book, Penelope discovers different things about her father, a great artist, and the stories behind some of his paintings. It’s great to see her navigate through her life after having a mild heart attack. The book even made me reconnect with my life experiences of losing friendships and trying to rebuild them.

This novel is inspired by basic family values ​​as we see three generations going through different aches and emotions that keep them all together and close. There’s also a movie based on this book in which Angela Lansbury played Penelope, and it’s worth watching!

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a book that will surely make you look for tissue paper. Enzo is an old dog who was ready to get rid of him, but his owner Denny was not willing to let him go, like many dog ​​owners. Throughout this book, we go back to the beginning of Enzo’s life as he learns about cars and racing because Denny is a professional racer. He also watches Eve, Denny’s wife, suffering from a terminal illness. However, since Enzo is just a dog, he is unable to let Denny or anyone know what Eve is going through before she is diagnosed with her disease. As we go through the characters’ heartache, we finally read about Enzo’s adorable last moment with Denny and the sudden acquaintance of Denny while on a trip.

This was a book that I had to force myself to leave at times because of certain events that were happening in it, but I had a hard time doing it because I was anticipating what was to come next. Like the others, there is also a movie about this book starring Milo Ventimiglia as Denny, Kevin Costner as Enzo, and Amanda Seyfried as Eve. I haven’t had a chance to see this movie yet, but I can’t wait to see it soon!

Shreya writes about a few of her favorite books that she has read over the past few years. Talk to them on [email protected].

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