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I have constantly been hearing the phrase—too many books, too little time—to the point where I daresay I'm sick of it. But I can't help agreeing with it too.

As much as I want to read all the books that intrigue me, sometimes I just don't have the capacity to. What then do I read? And how do I even begin to decide what to read?

That's where book recommendations come in!

I've read a few books in the last year or so that I've enjoyed thoroughly so here's a list I've compiled with the titles I think are definitely worth a read.

The Picture of Dorian Grey

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written by Oscar Wilde

I love classics. I find them so compelling, but also difficult to get through for some reason. The Picture of Dorian Grey is one of the classics I honestly never intended to read, but ended up reading anyway.

It's one of those stories that really make you think and might even go about changing the way you view certain aspects of your life.

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A Monster Calls

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written by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls is really something else altogether. I always thought it was written in a way that attempts to prove the harshness of reality to those who fear or run from it—but of course, that's just the way I interpret it, and we all view things differently.

As the saying goes, to each their own, so I recommend reading this with an open mind.

The Book Thief

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written by Markus Zusak

Need I say more?

I know the book has gotten tons of mixed reviews but I actually enjoy this book a lot. It's written in a way that really pulls you in, and sets you smack in the middle of the world it creates and that is masterful storytelling.

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Highly Illogical Behaviour

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written by John Corey Whaley

We're all in need of a book that touches on the (apparently taboo) topic of mental health, and this book might just be it. I can't say I one hundred percent appreciate the way it was written, but interestingly enough, the book focuses on varying POVs that I personally think is critical when it comes to mental health.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

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written by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry was given to me by a friend for my birthday and I loved it so much. I think as lovers of books and stories alike, we're always somehow wanting to know other people's thoughts concerning a certain book we like—and that's kind of what this book is about (amongst other things).

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It's so nice for me to read about a character who loves books to the point of owning a bookstore just go about his life expressing his views on the books he loves. The fact that this is a fictional character and not a real person, somehow makes it all the more loveable.

Speechless

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written by Hannah Harrington

Words hurt. A lot, sometimes. And this is something not all of us are aware of. Speechless has a typical cliche high school setting, but the message behind it holds much more.

I don't usually read books of this genre, but I'm glad I did because, at times, it's really best to keep things to yourself. Words hold a lot more strength and power then we know; it could be the reason for numerous cause and effects in our lives, or worse, the lives of others.

The Enchanted

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written by Dene Renfeld

The Enchanted is an amazing book. If you have to read only one book out of this list, let it be The Enchanted. The book centres around a person on death row—do not be mistaken by its title to be something of the fantasy nature—and I have to say it's quite heavy and dark.

The book isn't for everyone, especially if you're not one who can read such works, but it's honestly a really good book.

The Hobbit

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written by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit is such a wonderful story. It's the kind of fantasy story that's so well-written in terms of setting the stage or otherwise more commonly known as "world building", as well as its pacing. I mean, come on, we're talking about Middle Earth here!

Although I do admit that some parts of the story is a bit of a letdown, overall I think everyone should read it at least once (or more if you're like me). Everyone needs a bit of Middle Earth in their life honestly.

The Great Gatsby

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written by F. Scott Fitzgerald

There's always been a sort of hubbub concerning The Great Gatsby and truth be told, I never knew why. But I wanted to know why, so I set off to loan the book from the library.

And you know what?

I finished reading it in a day and when I was done, I wanted more. Suddenly all the hubbub made sense to me; because The Great Gatsby is a book that's worth making a hubbub over.

And Then There Were None

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written by Agatha Christie

Alongside Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None has to be one of my favourite Agatha Christie novels (and that's saying something because I have read A LOT of her novels).

I can't pinpoint exactly what it is about this book and the plot that intrigues me so much, but I've read it a couple of times over and it still excites me.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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written by Stephen Chbosky

I have never heard of this book before in my life. The first I heard of it was when a schoolmate asked if I've read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I said no, and proceeded to ask why. The response I was given intrigued me into buying the book.

He said, "You remind me a lot of Charlie."

I had no idea who Charlie was, but okay, I'll bite, and I'm glad I did because not having read The Perks of Being a Wallflower would probably have ended up being one of the biggest regrets in life so thank goodness I did.

Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window

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written by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

Where do I even begin with Totto-Chan?

My copy of the book was given to me by my brother. His school was using it as a literature piece and when he was done, he gave it to me.

I have carried that book in my school bag for years and I have read it more times then I care to remember. It is loved to the point of appearing battered and old, its pages already yellowing.

But I will never get sick of Totto-Chan's tales of adventures and I promise you, you won't too if you give it a chance.

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So there you have my really extensive list of book recommendations for your perusal!

I do hope you'll find something you like from the list, or if you've read them all—which means we probably have the same taste in books—don't fret, there are countless of books in the world, and even more book recommendations from fellow bookworms. I am positive you will find something to occupy your time with soon enough.

Until then, happy hearting!