edit: favorite books

“We were stars. We were music. We were time.” ~The Siren by Kiera Cass.

mostlymaybe  asked:

what are some of your favorite book/s that you would recommend reading?

Here are some of my favorites for a handful of different reasons:

Great for readers new to classics:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
Cannery Row, John Steinbeck

Great for readers who want more contemporary, character-driven novels (where plot is less integral):
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

Stunning prose and beautiful stories:
Stoner, John Williams
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

Older classics:
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

Books Everyone Should Read -  Phantom by Susan Kay

“She wanted an Angel of Music…an angel who would make her believe in herself at last. I’d been the Angel of Doom for the khanum. There was no reason in the world why I could not be the Angel of Music for Christine. I couldn’t hope to be a man to her, I couldn’t ever be a real, breathing, living man waking at her side and reaching out for her…But I could be her angel.”

Recommended Books (from A to Z)

@macrolit posted his A to Z recommendations a while ago, and I wanted to give it a try. It’s harder than it looks, and I took some liberties. =)

A: Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
B: Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
C: Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
D: The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin
E: The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
F: Circle of Friends, Maeve Binchy
G: Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
H: Hamlet, Shakespeare
I: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
J: The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
K: The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley
L: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
M: My Lady Jane, Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
N: The Naming, Alison Croggon
O: Among Others, Jo Walton
P: A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver, E.L. Konigsburg
Q: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir
R: Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
S: The Peabody Sisters, Megan Marshall
T: The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
U: An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine
V: Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
W: The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
X: Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Y: Possession, A.S. Byatt
Z: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

It was books that first taught her to feel. All those pages, all that ink. All those characters who lived and loved and bled and died. They taught her that life meant something, that it was important.
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Favorite Books #3:

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE BY ANTHONY DOERR


Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks. When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris in June of 1940, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure’s.

Favorite Books

You can’t just ask a bookworm for their favorite book. Because books arn’t just stories. Books are parts of you. When you ask for a favorite book its like asking me to use just one body part. I need them all to be me, to function. My soul is scattered, hidden in the pages of dozens of novels. So, no. I don’t have a favorite book.

The stories of our childhoods in one sentence

Harry Potter: Fascism fucking sucks, nominal determinism is real, pixies are pesky, and everything dies

The Chronicles of Narnia: Always be a good person, but don’t wear makeup or God will reject you

The Lord of the Rings: Greed is bad, power corrupts, and the little guy can triumph if he just keeps walking for long enough

His Dark Materials: Everything is a metaphor for genital cutting and nothing is okay

A Masterpost of My Favorite Books

These are my favorite books up to this moment - I’m positive there will be more to come and there are probably many that I’m forgetting. The links to purchase these titles are included.

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coehlo
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Shrill by Lindy West
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Every Day by David Levithan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
Bossypants by Tina Fey

If you end up reading any of these, please let me know what you thought!! :)