These books are like chicken soup for my soul.
  1. The Nightingale, Kristen Hannah
    I've read this book a total of 3 times and each time it touched my heart. A fictional story about two French sisters trying to survive Nazi France.
  2. The Host, Stephenie Meyers
    Just because the movie was awful, doesn't mean the book itself was bad. I truly got attached to the characters.
  3. In the Shadow of the Banyan, Vaddey Ratner
    A great novel, that puts you in the shoes of a young Cambodian girl, who had to grow up faster to survive. Really gave me perspective on my own mother's struggle in fleeing Pol Pot.
  4. Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson
    This book isn't for your average reader, it's a historical monograph that introduces new ideas on nationalism and new perspectives on nationality. I read it a couple of times for a history research paper and enjoyed it every time.
  5. The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho
    Not a favorite, but I did read it more than twice. This book has become a millennial favorite, giving people hope to travel and seek their dreams, but it was just not my cup of tea.