*booklist

Kitap listesi isteyenler için… Sevdiğim kitapların bir kısmı. Roman, deneme, şiir, mektup, hikaye, ne varsa artık… Fırsat buldukça güncellerim bunu ben.

1- Cemal Süreya – Sevda Sözleri
2- Cemal Süreya – Onüç Günün Mektupları
3- Turgut Uyar – Büyük Saat
4- Edip Cansever – Sonrası Kalır (I ve II)
5- Ece Ayhan – Şiirimiz Mor Külhanidir Abiler
6- Orhan Veli – Bütün Şiirleri
7- Nazım Hikmet – Bütün Şiirleri
8- Ümit Yaşar Oğuzan – Şiir Denizi 1 ve 2
9- Cahit Zarifoğlu – Yedi Güzel Adam
10- Cahit Zairfoğlu – Menziller
11- Cahit Zarifoğlu – Şiirler
12- Didem Madak – Ahlar Ağacı
13- Didem Madak – Grapon Kağıtları
14- Şükrü Erbaş – Bütün Şiirleri 1, 2 ve 3
15- İlhan Berk – Şifalı Otlar Kitabı
16- Özdemir Asaf – Sen Bana Bakma, Ben Senin Baktığın Yönde Olurum
17- Özdemir Asaf – Lavinia
18- Ahmed Arif – Hasretinden Prangalar Eskittim
19- Attila İlhan – Elde Var Hüzün
20- Attila İlhan – Duvar
21- Attila İlhan – Sisler Bulvarı
22- Attila İlhan – Ayrılık Sevdaya Dahil
23- Yusuf Hayaloğlu – Gözleri İntihar Mavi
24- Sezai Karakoç – Gün Doğmadan
25- Yunus Emre – Seçme Şiirler
26- Akgün Akova – Sansürttürme Şair Abüü
27- Nilgün Marmara – Daktiloya Çekilmiş Şiirler
28- Lale Müldür – Anemon
29- Burak Dikoğlu – Pahalı
30- Ah Muhsin Ünlü – Gidiyorum Bu
31- Murat Menteş – Garanti Karantina
32- Bülent Parlak – Sevgili Huzursuzluğum
33- Bülent Parlak – Ricakeş
34- Füruğ Ferruhzad – Yaralarım Aşktandır
35- Ahmet Erhan – Ne Balık Ne De Kuş
36- Ahmet Erhan – Ölüm Nedeni Bilinmiyor
37- Küçük İskender – İt Cazı
38- Küçük İskender – Ali
39- Küçük İskender – Sarı Şey
40- Küçük İskender – İskender’i Ben Öldürmedim
41- Küçük İskender – Medusa’nın Makası
42- Umay Umay – Orospu Kırmızı
43- Umay Umay – Sokaklar Uyudu Artık Öpüşebiliriz
44- Umay Umay – Cevapsız Ağrı
45- Umay Umay – Veda Busesi
46- Birhan Keskin – Y’ol
47- Birhan Keskin – Ba
48- Alper Gencer – Ah
49- Seyyidhan Kömürcü – Dünya Lekesi
50- Gonca Özmen – Belki Sessiz
51- Ataol Behramoğlu – Sevgilimsin
52- Ataol Behramoğlu – Seçme Şiirler
53- Tarık Tufan – Kekeme Çocuklar Korosu
54- Kazım Baran Yılmaz – Ve Turuncu
55- Batuhan Dedde – Morfinsiz Çekilen Düş Sancıları
56- Arthur Rimbaud – Bütün Şiirleri
57- Arthur Rimbaud – Ben Bir Başkasıdır
58- Vladimir Mayakovski – Saf Şiir Yoktur
59- Vladimir Mayakovski – Şiirler Şiir Anıtları
60- Vladimir Mayakovski – Mayakovski
61- Tezer Özlü – Yaşamın Ucuna Yolculuk
62- Ece Temelkuran – Muz Sesleri
63- Emrah Serbes – Hikayem Paramparça
64- Barış Bıçakçı – Aramızdaki En Kısa Mesafe
65- Barış Bıçakçı – Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz
66- Batuhan Dedde – Çapulcu
67- Oğuz Bal – Erkek Dublajı
68- Kanat Güner – Eroin Güncesi
69- Yusuf Atılgan – Aylak Adam
70- Hakan Günday – Kinyas ve Kayra
71- Hakan Günday – AZ
72- Hakan Günday – Daha
73- Alper Canıgüz – Oğullar ve Rencide Ruhlar
74- Murat Menteş – Ruhi Mücerret
75- Oğuz Atay – Tehlikeli Oyunlar
76- Oğuz Atay – Tutunamayanlar
77- Oğuz Atay – Korkuyu Beklerken
78- Sabahattin Ali – Kürk Mantolu Madonna
79- Sabahattin Ali – Sırça Köşk
80- Amin Maalouf – Çivisi Çıkmış Dünya
81- Amin Maalouf – Ölümcül Kimlikler
82- Gündüz Vassaf – Cennetin Dibi
83- Gündüz Vassaf – Cehenneme Övgü
84- Franz Kafka – Dönüşüm
85- Franz Kafka – Dava
86- Franz Kafka – Şato
87- Franz Kafka – Babama Mektup
88- Chuck Palahniuk – Gösteri Peygamberi
89- Chuck Palahniuk – Tıkanma
90- Chuck Palahniuk – Dövüş Kulübü
91- Chuck Palahniuk – Lanetli
92- Ingvar Ambjörnsen – İnsan Postuna Bürünmüş Köpek
93- Fernando Pessoa – Huzursuzluğun Kitabı
94- Albert Camus – Yabancı
95- Albert Camus – Başkaldıran İnsan
96- Albert Camus – Veba
97- J. Paul Sartre – Bulantı
98- J. Paul Sartre – Sözcükler
99- Charles Bukowski – Ekmek Arası
100- Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Yüzyıllık Yalnızlık
101- Nietzsche – Böyle Buyurdu Zerdüşt
102- Montaigne – Denemeler
103- Fyodor Mihailovic Dostoyevski – Bir Yazarın Günlüğü
104- Dostoyevski – Kumarbaz
105- Dostoyevski – Suç ve Ceza
106- Dostoyevski – Karamazov Kardeşler
107- Tolstoy – İnsan Ne İle Yaşar?
108- N. H. Kleinbaum – Ölü Ozanlar Derneği
109- Boris Vian – Bütün Ölülerin Derileri Aynıdır
110- Gogol – Bir Delinin Hatıra Defteri
111- George Orwell – Bin Dokuz Yüz Seksen Dört
112- George Orwell – Hayvan Çiftliği
113- Nikos Kazancakis – Zorba
114- Jhon Fante – Toza Sor
115- Jack Kerouac – Zen Kaçıkları
116- Emile Ajar – Onca Yoksulluk Varken
117- Stefan Zweig – Satranç
118- J. D. Salinger – Çavdar Tarlasında Çocuklar
119- Trevanian – Şibumi
120- Aldous Huxley – Cesur Yeni Dünya
121- Ernest Hemingway – Çanlar Kimin İçin Çalıyor
122- Anthony Burgess – Otomatik Portakal
123- José Mauro De Vasconcelos – Şeker Portakalı
124- Antoine de Saint - Exupery – Küçük Prens
125- Patrick Süskind – Koku
126- Adam Fawer – Olasılıksız
127- Adam Fawer – Empati
128- Wulf Dorn – Psikiyatrist
129- Jeffrey Moore – Sinestezya
130- Gary Small – Bir Psikiyatristin Gizli Defteri
131- Eric Marshall – Çocuklardan Tanrı’ya Mektuplar
132- Necip Fazıl – Canım İstanbul
133- Nusret Özcan – Kar Kelebekleri
134- Cahit Zarifoğlu – Bir Değirmendir Dünya
135- Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi – Mesnevi
136- Koleksiyon Yayınları – Büyük Ressamlar Serisi

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A mini booklist as promised:)
1)Haruki Murakami/Blind Willow,Sleeping Woman
2) Ryūnosuke Akutagawa/Kappa
3) Hermann Hesse/Rosshalde
4) Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos/My Sweet Orange Tree
5) Haruki Murakami/Kafka On The Shore
6) Robert L. Stevenson/Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde
7)Gabriel Garcia Marquez/One Hundred Years Of Solitude
8) Aldous Huxley/Brave New World
9) Milan Kundera/Ignorance
10) Stefan Zweig/Chess
11) Sartre/Nausea
12) Dostoyevski/Notes From Underground
13) Albert Camus/Plague
14) Kazuo Ishiguro/Never Let Me Go
15) Franz Kafka/The Trial
16) Gabriel Garcia Marquez/Of Love And Other Demons
17) Erich Maria Remarque/All Quiet On The Western Front
18) Harper Lee/To Kill A Mocking Bird
19) Junichiro Tanizaki/The Makioka Sisters
20) Haruki Murakami/Sputnik Sweethart
21) Mark Twain/Diaries of Adam And Eve
22) Milan Kundera/The Unbearable Lightness of Being
23) Haruki Murakami/South of The Border,West of The Sun
24) Haruki Murakami/Norwegian Wood
25)Philip Roth/The Ghost Writer

Spiritual Booklist

Some books which helped me on my journey

The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
Vasistha’s Yoga - Swami Venkatesananda
Bhagavata Purana - Ramesh Menon
Siva - Ramesh Menon
The Bhagavad Gita - Stephen Mitchell
The Heart of Awareness, Ashtavakra Gita - Thomas Byrom
The Avadhuta Gita - Dattatreya
The Ribhu Gita , The Song of Ribhu - Dr. H Ramamoorthy
Silence of the Heart - Robert Adams
Oneness - John Greven
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are - Alan Watts
A Personal Religion of Your Own - Ramesh Balsekar
Consciousness Speaks - Ramesh Balsekar
Your Head in the Tiger’s Mouth - Ramesh Balsekar
Be as you are, The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi - David Godman
Living by the words of Bhagavan - David Godman
Final Talks by Annamalai Swami - David Godman
Who am I? - Ramana Maharshi
The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi - Arthur Osborne
The Mind of Ramana Maharshi - Arthur Osborne
The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin: Pointers to Non-Duality in Five Volumes - Roy Melvyn
I AM That - Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Essential Nisargadatta - Roy Melvyn
The Upanishads - Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes
Sadhus: Going Beyond the Dreadlocks - Patrick Levy
Autobiography of a Sadhu - Baba Rampuri
Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda

Recommended Books for People Interested in Classics

Classics is the most important and interesting a really interesting subject, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming. Especially for people who just got interested. So here’s a little tip: Read a bit of everything, so you can find the area you’re truly interested in.

I will continue to update this list.

Note: I have placed the books in categories for easy reference 

Mythology:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - yes, I know, this is a fiction book. But it gives a great introduction to events in the Iliad - trust me, it’ll make much more sense if you read this first. 

Oh My Gods by Philip Freeman - this book is a really great place to start with mythology. It talks about both Greek and Roman myths, and even has the events of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid.

Rome:

SPQR by Mary Beard - where do I even begin with this book? It’s flawlessly written, and contains so much brilliant information. And it covers so much of Rome’s history! It also discusses daily life, the economy, and religion, among other things. Just. Read this. 

The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius - people say he reads like a gossipy tabloid, which is kind of true, but even with all of that, I really enjoyed this. It contains so much information about the first twelve emperors of Rome. 

The Death of Caesar by Barry Strauss - although it isn’t quite as beautifully written as Mary Beard’s work, it definitely gets its point across. This book talks all about Julius Caesar, his allies and enemies, and the transition between Republic and Empire.

Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans - the title is a bit misleading, because the Romans aren’t rotten (don’t listen to me I’m very biased) - I know this is a bit childish, but it’s actually a great book! It gives a great overview of the Romans, if you ask me. 

The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough - this is the first book in the Masters of Rome series, which is one of my absolute favourites. It covers a large span of history - from the time of Gaius Marius (Republic), to the time of Julius Caesar. Along with being such a fantastic series, it gives you a lot of insight into daily Roman life. 

Greece:

Ancient Greece by Robert Garland - this book is probably the only book on ancient Greece I own. It has so much information about so many things - from whether the Greeks believed their own myths, to the role of women, to a timeline of ancient Greek history. It’s just so, incredibly comprehensive. 

Note: these are the books that I personally recommend. Not everyone is going to agree with this list. 

If you have any questions, or book recommendations for me, feel free to message me! 

“We all just took the bookstore at its word, because if you couldn’t trust a bookstore, what could you trust?”
-Rachel Cohn, “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares ( Dash & Lily, #1)”.

Bowie’s Top 100

The legend, David Bowie, passed away at the age of 69 after an eighteen-month battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed. To celebrate his life, listed below are his top 100 books. 

-Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester

-Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

-Room At The Top by John Braine

-On Having No Head by Douglas Harding

-Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard

-A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

-City of Night by John Rechy

-The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

-Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

-Iliad by Homer

-As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

-Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo

-Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

-Inside The Whale And Other Essays by George Orwell

-Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood

-Halls Dictionary of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall

-David Bomberg by Richard Cork

-Blast by Wyndham Lewis

-Passing by Nella Larson

-Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto

-The Origin of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

-In Bluebird’s Castle by George Steiner

-Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

-The Divided Self by R.D. Laing

-The Stranger by Albert Camus

-Infants Of The Spring by Wallace Thurman

-The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf

-The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

-Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter

-The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

-The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

-Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

-Herzog by Saul Bellow

-Puckoon by Spike Milligan

-Black Boy by Richard Wright

-The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

-The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima

-Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler

-The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot

-McTeague by Frank Norris

-Money by Martin Amis

-The Outsider by Colin Wilson

-Strange People by Frank Edwards

-English Journey by J.B. Priestley

-A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

-The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West

-1984 by George Orwell

-The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White

-Aopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn

-Mystery Train by Greil Marcus

-Beano (comics, 1950s)

-Raw (comics, 1980s)

-White Noise by Don DeLillo

-Sweat Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom by Peter Guralnick

-Silence: Lectures and Writing by John Cage

-Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley

-The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll by Charlie Gillete

-Octobriana and the Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky

-The Street by Ann Petry

-Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

-Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.

-A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

-The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

-Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz

-The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard

-The Bridge by Hart Crane

-All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd

-Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

-Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

-The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos

-Tales of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders

-The Bird Artist by Howard Norman

-Nowhere To Run: The Story of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey

-Before the Deluge by Otto Friedrich

-Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence From Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia

-The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford

-In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

-Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

-Teenage by Jon Savage

-Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

-The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard

-The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

-Viz (comics, early 1980s)

-Private Eye (satirical magazine, 1960s-1980s)

-Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara

-The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

-Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

-Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont

-On The Road by Jack Kerouac

-Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler

-Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

-Transcendental Magic, Its Doctrine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi

-The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

-The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa

-Inferno by Dante Alighieri

-A Grave For A Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno

-The Insult by Rupert Thomson

-In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan

-A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes

-Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg


“The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.” -David Bowie

MY DARLING, MY HAMBURGER or BOOK 15

Paul Zindel catalogs a small segment of the loves of four teenagers in his book: My Darling, My Hamburger. Sean, Liz, Maggie, and Dennis learn about social cues and values as they begin their introduction to the adult world.
The two couples experience prom and other social situations while dodging rude men, skirting through bars, and staving off their parents’ attacks. The readers watch as they learn whether or not internalizing their struggles is a good thing and when one of them questions existentialism.
I wasn’t the keenest reader when it came to this teeny, 122-page novel. It brought back a lot of memories from high school (good and bad) and was rather nostalgic to say the least. This book is perfect for a rainy-day read, just make sure you have a decent cup of cocoa at the ready and maybe a pet to cuddle with after you finish the book.

Hello world of bookblrs and book blogs!

Hey! I’m AB and this is my new bookblr or bookblog. I love reading and now that I’m done with High school and entrance exams for universities, I have loads of time on hand for reading books.
My main blog is @thelogical-sapien and I’m looking for new bookblr or book blogs to follow. I’ll follow from my main blog.
Anyways, here’s a little bit about me.
Age: 19
From: India
Favorite book: Tough question because, each genre is different
Genres I like : I read almost anything from fiction to non fiction, thrillers, Sci-fi, fantasy, YA and Classics. I’m not very keem on romance genres but, I’ve read a few.
Please feel free to suggest me a good book, I’m usually down to reading almost anything and I sometimes re read books (especially classics) because, with time comes more knowledge and a newer perspective. Or I could suggest you one. Also I’m looking for new bookblrs to follow. I’ll followback from my main Some of the bookblr/bookblogs I liked are @romireads @thelibraryofmars @bibliophile @thefictionologist @bookishnerdsanonymous @alwaysreadingg @yvii7books @readsavread @thebookwormbrittanyreviews @betterbooksandthings @reading-out-loud @alwaysbringabookwithyou @youthbookreview @englishmajorstudyblr @delthenerd @sasha-and-the-books There are so many more but, I can’t type ‘en all out. Sorry!

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A-Z Book Challenge!

Thank you so much to @the-bookler for suggesting I do this!!!! Also I’m really sorry it took me so long to post this - I’m spending some time at a university summer program and I’ve been a bit busy…

A - Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Oh my god, I have absolutely no idea how but I related to this book so hard. It is honestly one of my favorite books, and I would love to read it again soon.

B - Bossypants by Tina Fey: I actually read this book for extra credit at school, so I didn’t have high expectations for it, but it was really hilarious. I’m not into comedy but I genuinely liked this book.

C - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: I read this book after reading Fangirl and it was just sO gOoD. It was super angsty and gave me definite drarry vibes. I could NOT stop reading it and I think I ended up reading the entire book in one afternoon.

D - It’s late and I can’t think of anything D:

E - Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: I got this book from Owlcrate and I really didn’t expect to like it at all. Boy, was I wrong. This is one of my absolute favorite books, and I can relate to it on so many levels. The way it dealt with mental illness really resonated with me, but idk I guess you’ll just have to read for yourself ;)

F - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: WOW. I love this book. Amazing. Totally relatable. 10/10 would recommend.

G - the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I haven’t actually read this yet (oops?). However, I have heard some good things about it.

H - The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien: This is one of my best friend’s favorite books of all time, so even though I haven’t read it I know she can tell you how great it is!

L - Looking for Alaska by John Green: Okay so I didn’t actually like this book that much but I read it so it counts because I am running out of books.

N - New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson: I just started this book and it’s shockingly good considering the fact that I hate dystopian books. I recommend it.

O - Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Colthurst: THIS BOOK IS AMAZING JUST READ IT.

P - the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: I read this a while ago and don’t remember it at all but it was good!

S - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: OH MY CRAP MY FRIEND RECOMMENDED THIS BOOK TO ME AND IT TOTALLY THREW OFF MY ENTIRE TO-READ SCHEDULE. Absolutely amazing. I love all of my crime children.

T - The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver: Wow I thought I was gonna hate this book but I DID NOT. I actually LOVED it for reasons that I don’t know. This was the book that actually got me into reading again :)

U - the Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: Ohhhh my god this book! I recently read this and it was GREAT. I loved every part of it. Like all of it. It’s so me. Very relatable. I cannot convey how much I loved this book.

V - Vassa In the Night by Sarah Porter: I remember when I first saw this book I was totally intrigued by the cover design and that was the main reason I decided to read it. The story was really cool and I thought the myth aspect of it was interesting. Overall very trippy.

W - Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan: I read this book a while ago actually and I don’t remember it very well other than the fact that I totally binge-read it. It wasn’t one of my favorites, but it was still a good read.

I know I skipped a couple of letters because it’s v late and i’m lazy so have some random repeats!

S - The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: Oh my I really liked this book but be warned there’s a bit of sexy time and I was NOT prepared for that.

O - The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton: I think I’ve read this book four times. Every time I cry. I love it.

P - Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver: This is the sequel to The Bean Trees and I haven’t read it yet but I’m hoping that I’ll love it as much as the first book!

C - Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: AGH I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. Also my precious children did not deserve this I love them too much.


Yo I don’t know many other booklrs so if anybody wants to do this then go for it!

T H E   H A N D M A I D ’ S   T A L E  by Margaret Atwood

My name isn’t Offred, I have another name, which nobody uses now because it’s forbidden. I tell myself it doesn’t matter, your name is like your telephone number, useful only to others; but what I tell myself is wrong, it does matter. I keep the knowledge of this name like something hidden, some treasure I’ll come back to dig up, one day. I think of this name as buried. This name has an aura around it, like an amulet, some charm that’s survived from an unimaginably distant past. I lie in my single bed at night, with my eyes closed, and the name floats there behind my eyes, not quite within reach, shining in the dark.”

Books read so far (2017) (updated!)

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I think I am the last person on earth to read this. It’s sat on my shelf for ages. But heck, I loved it. The two villains in particular were delightfully creepy. And the ending! So satisfying. I’ve been having dreams about London since I finished it.

Station 11 by Emily St. John

I read this in the bathtub while suffering from the world’s worst sinus infection so now I associate this book with sore throats. But besides that! INCREDIBLE. So, so good. Bleak. Moving. I flew through it. I think it may be a little too on the nose for most of my friends right now, so I’ve been passing it along with a warning, because hey, it’s about the end of civilization.

Walt Whitman’s America by David Reynolds

Some parts of this are incredible. Some are incredibly boring. Like the stuff about his family genealogy I don’t really care for, but the HISTORY and CONTEXT and POETRY are so good. I’m still piecing through this monster right now, it’s huge. But really, anyone who likes Hamilton should read more about Walt Whitman.

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

This was an impulse buy. I wanted some guilty pleasure reading and the description reminded me of the Gossip Girl books I loved in high school. This did not hit the mark. I kept waiting for the intrigue! The secrets! I just didn’t care about any of the zillion boring characters in this. If I’m going to read about a bunch of rich white people in tech, the story better be super juicy.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I volunteer with an 8th grade writing class, and they were analyzing passages from this. The class was pretty quiet and shy until we read parts of this aloud and they woke up, started answering questions, getting interested, it was really sweet to watch. I bought this immediately after the class and then devoured it. I started to underline passages that moved me before realizing I was underlining the whole book. But it’s not “just” a book for kids, at all, and everyone should read it. I’ve been buying it and forcing it onto people since I finished it.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

I’m in mourning. I finished this tonight and I have the same ache you get after finishing an excellent TV show. So many times I read paragraphs aloud to Jon because I just HAD to share this incredible story with someone. Best of all, it’s TRUE. Truth really is stranger than fiction.

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Heavy-handed much? I really liked the last 100 pages, though!

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

This book captured my sick fascination. I heard Max talking about it and went to a bookstore 15 minutes later to grab it. I enjoyed it, as much as you can enjoy being really exasperated. I learned about Washington staffers which is what I was really interested in… gave me more context for who I’m listening to on my political podcasts. It also made me angry with Hillary and Bernie, and then it made me tired. I skipped some of the chapters on Trump’s campaign. I don’t need to relive those moments.

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco

Alyssa was Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff. This book is so absolutely amazing and the perfect palate cleanser. I love learning about people who work hard! Plus she wrote this herself and includes all the gossipy celeb stuff I was hoping for. I  read this in one sitting, it took me about four hours. Couldn’t put it down! Gave myself a neck ache. Worth it.

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

A real life account of finding a never-been-discovered city in Honduras. Blew my mind. The history part (chapters like 2 through 10) bored me but the actual adventure blew my mind. Snakes! Ants! Howler monkeys! The unforgiving rain in the rainforest! 

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

My very favorite author is Curtis Sittenfeld, and I am trying to read every book she recommends. She posted about this on Twitter and I snatched it up. Loved it. Read it if the description is at all interesting to you.

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

Okay, this is the best book I’ve read all year. I devoured it it 24 hours, couldn’t put it down. Everyone should read it. (But not really everyone – content warning, the second half of the book focuses largely on her miscarriage.) 

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What’s Friday without a staff pick? This week we’re recommending The Agony of Eros by Byung-Chul Han!! 🖌📖🖌 “The Agony of Eros is a sober examination of the forlorn project of millennial dating and love as a dying media. The author calmly suggests a decline in desire due to the big data cartography of social capital, and that ‘love requires the courage to accept self-negation for the sake of discovering the Other.’” - Deforrest (Basement) •• #staffpick #staffpicks #staffpickfriday #friday #booklist #bookstagram #bookreview #bookrecommendation (at Strand Book Store)

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