Hi everyone!

As autumn is finally here, I am enjoying the warm and cozy atmosphere. This feeling got me in the mood of reading and, despite I'm busy with university, I love to read as much as I can.

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I always try to find some time to spend reading.

So, today, I'm going to be writing about those books that made me grow and improve as a person and I truly recommend you to read them. I read all of them during my teens so they helped me to mature and now I'm very grateful I did.

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Never stop reading.

The books that I'm going to talk about are not organized from what I like the most to the least, it is just randomly organized because I find it so difficult to decide which one I like better.

1. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

I haven't finished this one, but I'm loving it so much that I'm 100% sure that it will always be in my favourite books list. I have already watched the movie, so I mainly know what happens and how it ends, but obviously the book is better and I'm very deligthted with this reading.

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This one, luckily, has been translated to a tons of languages.
“Somewhere, far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. He was afraid of what might come leaking out.”
- Markus Zusak
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I personally recommend it for young-adult people, they will apreciate it the most.

"The Book Thief" is a fiction history based novel located in a small german village during WWII. It tells the story of a little girl who was sent to live with another family for her security. In this new family and village, she will discover the wonders of words, and the miseries of life. She will also discover her passion: to steal books.

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You will apreciate words more after reading this book.

In my opinion, the two best things about this book is the narrator and the wonderful characters you will be finding throughout the story. It's true that it is a tough book, but it is wonderful at the same time. I just honestly recommend it to everyone. For me, is one of those books you must read before dying.

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The movie is great as well.
“Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.”
- Markus Zusak
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But books will always be better.

2. Marina (Carlos Ruiz Zafón)

This one has been my absolute favourite for years, and I have read it like five times. It is a spanish book, but it is translated to english, portuguese, french and german.

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The translation of this quote is right below.
"We all hide a secret locked in our soul's attic."
- Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

I also recommend any book from this author because he is so good at writting and his stories are so beautifully made that you won't be left dissapointed with any of his books.

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I'm spanish so I love spanish literature a lot.

"Marina" is a fantasy, mystery, gothic, young-adult fiction book. It is located in the city of Barcelona, more or less in the last years of the 20th century. It tells how Óscar Drai met Marina, a mysterious and beautiful girl who shows him some of the secrets that Barcelona hides.

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In their innocent game they will discover the story of a man who was too obsessed with death and they will get submerged in his creepy and turbulent past.

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Oh, I forgot to mention, my real name is Marina, what a coincidence, right? Oh, and you will understand this picture after reading the book.

What I personally like the most about this book is the way that it's written. Sadly that's something you will not notice if you read it in other language, but if you can read it in spanish, you will be completely delighted with this author writting skills.

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But, this is not the only good thing in this book. "Marina" has everything a young-adult/teenager could ever ask a book to have. Fantasy, history, wonderful characters, amazing ambient, mystery, romance, past, present and future.

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I promise you that once you enter this world, this story will stay with you forever.

3. The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)

I won't say this book is in my favourite list because I didn't really enjoyed the process of reading it as it usually happens with my favourite ones. But, this book has influenced me so much in the way I see the world, that after studying and understanding it, I have to say that it is a must to read before dying.

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Disclamer: you are going to love or to hate this book, there's no in between. Actually, the world is divided by people who love this book, and people who hate it.
“I am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”
- J.D. Salinger
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Fun fact: J. D. Salinger, when was about to publish this book, claimed three conditions: there couldn't be a sinopsis, the cover page could only include the name of the book and the author and that it would never be a cinematic adaptation.

"The Catcher in the Rye" was published in 1951 and it is a realistic coming-of-age (it's focused in the psicological and moral development of the character) book.

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The writer took part in WWII before writting this book, and it is believed that this affected him and made him write this controversial book. It is considered as a 20th century classic but also as an iconic and controversial book because it talks without taboos about drugs and sex and their role in the teenage years.

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I want to respect Salinger's decision of not writting a sinopsis in his book so I won't tell you what it is about.

I personally think that everyone in their teens or in their youth years should read this book. You will feel that it is okay to think and to be whatever you think or are, because that's what the book does, that's what made it so controversial.

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The fact that it shows honestly how anxiety and confussion dominate teenagers and that it is okay to feel and be that way. And as a disclaimer, have in mind that it is written in first person, who is the main character, a teenager, so it obviously has grammatical and writting mistakes, because it's only a teenager.

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It was banned in the USA for a long time because in the period of only two years, two assassins (John Lennon and Ronald Reagan ones) were obssesed about this book.
“That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
- J.D. Salinger
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It is also a beautiful but sad story about growing up, mature and losing innocence.

4. Alice in Wonderland + Alice Through the Looking Glass (Lewis Carroll)

I know you might be thinking, "What? These books are for children". But, let me tell you that you are worng. They are definetely not for children. You have to be grown up to truly understand this wonderland where Alice got lost.

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I did a deep study about these two books when I was 16 and I must confess that I truly felt in love with them, and most important, I did grow up as a human.

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It has beautiful illustrations by the wonderful John Tenniel, who illustrated both books.
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
- Lewis Carroll
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I must confess I'm addicted to collecting beautiful editions of these two books. Wish my collection once look like this one.

"Alice in Wonderland" is the first book and it tells the adventures of a little girl who escaped from her reality and traveled to her own fantasy world. You will follow Alice through her wonderland where every kind of curious things happens to her. You will meet wonderful creatures, presence a judgement and even grow up to the heights. But, remember, you have to go back home.

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Don't forget that in fantasy, in your own world, everything is possible and there are no limits

In "Alice Through the Looking Glass" you will follow Alice in her trip of escaping reality once more. But, this time is different, her wonderland is no longer what it used to be, and a chess game is supposed to be happening. Queens, eggs and dragon-like creatures will join her traveling across her wonderland through the looking glass.

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The second book go deeper in the process of growing up and mature.

What I love the most about these books are the fact of creating a fantasy world that is inside a little girl head.

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And how everyone can relate because we all love to escape from reality sometimes, we are humans, we need or own wonderland.

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May be it sounds crazy but I matured while reading the books about a little girl fantasy, and that's what make them so important and timeless.

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So, I truly reccommend you to fall into the hole and find your own way to wonderland.

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I also reccommend to see any cinematic adaptation of these books, but do not forget that they are adaptations, so they are really different from the books.
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
- Lewis Carroll
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