Let’s Talk Bookish: What is one book everyone must read?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Discussions pertain to topics related to reading or books. Share your opinions, and spread the love by visiting other “Let’s Talk Bookish” posts.

Prompts: There are some books that are just required…or at least you personally think they are! Maybe it’s a book that changed your view on everything, or maybe it’s just the BEST vampire book ever written. What book do you try to get everyone in your life to read, even the non-readers?

Wow. This is such a difficult question! I want to cheat a little and say this is the one book in this genre to get a few books in, but I will attempt to keep it at one. I read The Sun Is Also A Star last year during a time when I was questioning a million different things. The entire concept of the book spoke to me, although the instant love nearly steered me away. It remains one of the elements that I am back and forth about, but within the context of this book, I’ve grown to be okay with it. Within the context of this book, I can let myself believe in it because, while only a day, their connection is electric.

The scientific method is not only what Natasha, one of the main characters, believes in, but also one way to view the book: a series of hypotheses testing what could have been’s and showing what is. It pushes you to contemplate the consequences of your actions. There is a multitude of choices that you can choose from, but the series of decisions you make along the way guide you to this particular point in your life and the set of choices before you. However, the outcome of your decision also intersects with the decisions made by others. It’s difficult to isolate the causal effects. For every decision made, there was an alternative. The book provides a glimpse into how things might have turned out differently. These are the “what if’s” that we often think about, the multitude of experimental groups had different decisions been made. This is my scientific lens speaking, of course, because the heart of it remains a story about love, fate, and how we are all connected as Natasha races to extend the limited amount of time–24 hours–she has left in the U.S. It’s a phenomenal read that makes you think and believe that it is possible to fall in love in a single day.

What book do you think is a must read?

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