One of my favorite things to do is read. I have loved it since I was little. So I decided to share some of my thoughts on my favorite books right now. This list could change any time get longer, who knows because I read a lot. These are just a list that I think people should read at least once.
Walt Disney: An American Original, Bob Thomas
Okay, so, any one who knows me knows I love all things Disney related. But what really interests me is the man behind it all. It has always interested my how a person could have so much foresight and imagination to create the things that he created. After reading this book I felt as if I had known him. This biography tells about Walts life basically from birth. It also explains how all of the things that he created were in some way related to his life experiences. I may be a bit biased but this book was so interesting to because it explained a man who I have been inspired by and admired since I was a child. It is defiantly worth the read; it is also important to note that this particular biography was written by the one person the Disney Family appointed to write Walt’s Biography.
Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General
So this is the first Killing Series book that I had ever read. I have had several people recommend these books to me. And I love history stuff so I decided to give them a try and I loved them! Basically, these books explore the conspiracies or like strange things surrounding historic events. In this particular book a well known WWII General is killed in a car accident but the events leading up to and after the crash are very fishy and aren’t really ever investigated. If you like true crime and history this book is a really good mix.
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot
This is another one of the Bill O’Reilly books and its really good too! I really didn’t know a while lot about the Kennedy’s before reading this book. Like, I knew the gist of what happened to JFK and all that but this book really dives into his personal life and how he lived during his presidency. As far as the assassination goes its mostly what you have probably hear about before but it does go back into Lee Harvey Oswald’s life which I did not know much about at the time. It’s very interesting and it really fills in some holes in the story of JFK.
Killing Jesus: A History
This book was very good! I have grown up in church and I know all the Bible stories and stuff but I never truly made the connection that it’s really historical events that were recorded in places than just the Bible. This was very interesting to me because it takes a look at how things happened leading up to Jesus’s death and what actions lead up to his crucifixion. Highly recommend even if you aren’t super religious. It really is a history and it helps to understand the perspective of the times the event recorded in the Bible were happening,
Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault that Changed the Presidency
This one is the last in the series I have read so far. It was really good too. I also didn't know a whole lot about Reagan before I read this book. It really details his life as an actor before the presidency and it really explains his decline after the assassination attempt. This is something that I felt like a lot of people didn’t actually know about because I was very well hidden by his wife and the rest of his administration. I really enjoyed this book and even if you agree or disagree with his politics, his life was still very interesting because of the turn his career took; from actor to President of the United States.
A Child Called It, David Pelzer
I will warn you this book is disturbing. I read it years ago in high school for a psychology class. I read it again about 6 months ago though. It is truly disturbing but interesting in the sense that it is hard to wrap your mind around the things that this child endured at the hands of his mother. The book is written by David Pelzer and it is the biography of his early childhood, there is also a second book called The Lost Boy and then a third called A Man Named Dave. I am currently reading The Lost Boy. It is mind blowing to read about the emotional trauma and physical abuse that he went through as a child. Ultimately, he is removed from the home but is lost in the broken foster care system. Definitely worth the read but you will angry cry so get the tissues ready.
Gone With The Wind Margret Mitchell
This is also my favorite movie. I usually say that the books are better than the movies but here I would say they are about equal. The book has soooo much more detail though. It really tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara the way it should be. And it sets up the scene perfectly for Alexandra Ripley to write the sequel. Which of course is the next book on this list because I just had to know what happened to Scarlett after Rhett said “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” and disappeared into the fog.
Scarlett Alexandra Ripley
In this book we do learn that indeed Rhett did give a damn but takes a long time to show it. So, to be fair I haven’t totally finished this book yet. It’s quite long and Scarlett is running around all over Europe with her Irish family for much of the book but it is already on the list because I really gives Scarlett a heritage as well a Rhett. It also shows how the world has changed post civil war. Definitely recommend this book even though I haven’t finished it yet, unless it takes so drastic turn at the end, I know that it’s going to be great. It also doesn’t even feel like a different person wrote it! Alexandra Ripley does a great job of seamlessly meshing it with the way Gone With the Wind was written and Scarletts fiery personality.
To Kill A Mocking Bird, Harper Lee
This book is at the end of my list because I was a good book but I would not rave over it as much as Gone with the Wind. It is one that everyone should read at least once, though, because it is eye opening and it looks at the world through a child’s eyes. The reason I say this is because of one quote in the book: “ You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (p. 39). The whole book is basically about humanity. It’s just a great book all around. Just read it once you will probably be rereading it later but if not at least you read it once.
I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends
Okay, so I have many issues with this book. Many. But it is on this list because I love Friends and I know a lot more about the behind the scenes and the interworking of the cast and producers and all that. Now that I have read it I see things in the show and like knowing that I know a little bit more about that scene here and there. But, and this is a big, big, BUT, I have some problems with this book that I feel like I should warn you about. A whole chapter and good sprinkling throughout this book repeatedly makes comment about how the actors are all white, which yes is a fact. It finds issue with no diversity so it’s not relatable, also adds in some body shaming, meaning the actors are too skinny to be readable, and that there wasn’t enough gay people in the show to be relatable. But the whole point of the book is to explain why, physiologically, the show was so watched by so many even today, years later. They found that the bottom line was that the Characters were so relatable and the ridiculousness of the scenarios were an escape from real life 20 somethings really experience. It was also a comfort. The bottom line for me was it did not need all the diversity and body image comments. It was a different time (20+ years ago) TV was still this evolving thing. I found myself saying “why does that matter” and “who cares” repeatedly throughout this book. However, some of these comment did have value. It showed how much TV and what is socially acceptable has changed over the years. I recommend the read but it wasn’t life changing to me.
I hope y’all enjoyed this post about these books. My favorite books change frequently also this list could be a lot longer than 10 and really in no particular order. I chose the books on this list because they were the most surprising books to me. They are really in no particular order other than the first one because lets be real Walt Disney is Walt Disney!