Teacher’s Favorite Books


Ansa Thomas, Reporter

Earlier this month, I asked our teachers what their favorite books are. Many of them responded. Books can touch many people’s hearts in ways that people could never. Books can take you to far off lands. Books allow you to be whoever you want at no cost. Books allow you to live thousands of lives, different stories. They allow you to see how some people live on a day to day basis. Here is what your teachers said:
The Name of the Wind
“This beast is stories within stories while still being one big cohesive story that has some of the best articulations around lore and love.”
“I don’t have a favorite book but I LOVE the author Colleen Hoover…she writes books that are easy to read and entertaining! I’ve read many of her books in just one day!”
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
“Faulkner’s stream-of-consciousness novel about the cycles of familial self-destruction in early twentieth century Mississippi is a novel about American society in microcosm, or maybe humanity in general. The man with no sense of time, Benjy, and his brother Quentin, forever haunted by time, represent the warring factions of a dying way of life as the advances of modern society erode what remains of the Antebellum South. It’s a novel juxtaposing stark realism with absurd humor, living in that uncanny valley between documentary and fable. It’s a masterpiece.”
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.
“This book is about some amazing athletes who are able to run incredible distances. I read this book during a period of my life when I was running ultra marathons, and I was fascinated to learn more about how athletes find success in this sport. This book tells the story of a fascinating adventure where the athletes accomplish what seem to be an impossible achievement.”
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“This is my favorite book because it is a powerful historical fiction novel, narrated by Death. He points us to Liesel, a girl who’s newfound love of books is hampered by a book-burning Nazi regime. As Liesel faces the hardships of adolescence, a World War, and the demoralization of her country, she finds her voice for others, compassion for the weak, and we champion Liesel to hold on for a future unknown and to avoid an early meeting with the narrator.”
I don’t have a favorite book, but I do love the Stieg Larsson book series, “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest” and “The Girl In The Spiders Web.”
“Each book is a continuation of the other. You are completely pulled into each book when you read it. The characters in the book series are very interest people. They all have their own stories that end up intertwining from the first book to the last. You really get to know the characters. The story lines are interesting and engaging. I still have to read the current release in the series”—“The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye.”
Pride and Prejudice
“I love the story and the setting. I think Mr. Darcy’s character is amazing and I love his quips. I think it’s cool that even in those days the character Elizabeth was independent and strong-willed and wanted to marry for love rather than stability or because it was the thing to do. Mr. Darcy comes off abrasive but has a wonderful heart and does remarkable things without needing the attention and glory. The love story is just plain amazing. If you haven’t read it please do!”
One of my favorite books is “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers.
“This book is a powerful story showing redemption, love, and grace. I read it exactly at the right time in my life that complete restored by faith and hope in the plan God had for me. It’s an incredible story to read often to continuously remind me of God’s everlasting love and direction for me and my life.”
Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson
“It challenges you to dream big. the by-line is “If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small.” Great examples of people who dreamed big and won big but the key is to dream no matter what your circumstances. “
The Famished Road by Ben Okri
“I read mostly nonfiction books, but this book is the most amazing fiction one I’ve ever read. It is set in Africa and I love anything and everything about African culture. The imagery in this book is stunning. It is about a little boy who is really a spirit, but keeps being reborn into the human world, though his spirit friends (and enemies) taunt him relentlessly to return to the spirit world and stay there.”
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book because it simplifies racism, a complex issue that is rooted all throughout American history, by relaying it through the eyes of a child. Adults are supposed to be the wise and educated ones, but they are outsmarted by little children who see that everyone truly is equal regardless of their skin color (Tom Robinson), age (Mrs. Dubose), or mental state (Boo Radley & Mrs. Dubose). “
“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” -Jhumpa Lahiri.
If you do not like reading, you just need to find the right book. Reading is one of the greatest joys of life.