cheshiresden tagged me for the booklist thing!
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The sheer fucking desolation and unrequited love in this booooookkk. It gets me every time. Also, I have a thing for tough, horrible men who get fucked up by love. I’ve read this book so many times, usually in the winter. Idk why.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
I remember reading this book while we were having a yard sale to get rid of stuff, before we moved out of our old house. My nona was dying of ALS at this point, and I was reading the book while lying on the floor and facing her room. For some reason, the fact that I could smell her medicine and stuff made the book seem super real to me. Also, it’s the only time I remember being scared in broad daylight.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
This book talks a lot about feeling helpless as a child, and knowing that adults are wrong, but not being sure how to stop them or fight back. I had a lot of similar feelings growing up, so this hit me where it hurts. In a good way. Kind of. I don’t know if I’d read it again, though.
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
Okay, so this book is just a lot of fun in the way that Kim Newman is dark, and fun. I just really love all of the characters in this, and I love when literary characters all exist in the same universe. It’s the first book I read in a while where I just hadstupid fun reading it.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Don’t read this book unless you want the rest of your day to be full of depression and weeping. Especially don’t read this book if you know someone who’s suffered and died of an illness. This book will fuck you up. I mean, it’s beautifully written, and the story telling is unlike anything I’ve ever read. But I repeat, this book will fuck you up.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
This book will also fuck you up, but you’ll be okay with it? Again, it’s very beautifully written, and the relationships of the characters are complex and realistically written. Speaking of, there’s REALISTIC PORTRAYALS OF GAY RELATIONSHIPS YAY!!!
The Timothy Wilde Novels (Gods of Gotham, and Seven for a Secret) by Lyndsay Faye
MYSTERY!!! DISABLED CHARACTERS!!! HISTORICAL ACCURACY!!! CANONICAL BISEXUALITY!!! It’s really rare that I get obsessed with a book series (not since Harry Potter, anyway) but if you like early 1800s New York City, and stuff about immigration, and race and women’s rights, then you’ll probably be like me, and crave these books. I’ve reread the first one twice and the second one is also fucking excellent. Also, beautiful, very visual writing. Please read these books. I need someone to yell about them with.
The Vampire Lestat
Chubby, little emo Rosie was obsessed. Slightly less chubby, and emo older Rosie looks back on these books very fucking fondly. Lestat was really formative for me, and I could probably write an entire book on why.
One of those things I was required to read in grade school that everyone else hated, but I loved. It’s tiny. And I can’t remember if it was well written or not, but at the time I fucking cherished this book so hard.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
I am forever sad that these books didn’t get a good movie adaptation! I read this in high school (and reread it a lot), and I think that I loved it so much because the idea of having a daemon was really comforting. Or having a giant talking polar bear was super comforting. Iorek Byrnison was my home boy.
I know this wasn’t supposed to be so long, but idc. I had time to kill. Also, I’m purposely excluding Harry Potter, because this would be a VERY long post if I didn’t.
I’m tagging: pasiphile, moranmoriarty, girlwith1oneeye, biteinsane, queerveronicasawyer, alienpunker, bashermoriarty, rmorg912, thunar, weunderstandthelights