Flowers for Algernon was the first book I read after taking a super long break from reading. And it was the best possible choice. I’m not sure how many days it took me to finish it, but I know it wasn’t more than a week. This book is so beautiful, heartbreaking, and captivating. I dare you not to cry.

Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The book is told by a series of progress reports written in diary entries by Charlie Gordon, the first human test subject for the same surgery. And it gives us insight into how this affects his life and how he struggles through it. You also get updated on Algernon’s progress. It’s written in a way that makes it seem like he’s a friend writing you a letter which is why you really develop an emotional connection to Charlie. Seriously, this book is a must-read. Click here to get it on Amazon.