I love to read. I love giving book recommendations and I love getting them. I have decided to dedicate this page with my top ten favorite books. And it wasn’t easy to pick and choose, so I reserve the right to change them at any time! I hope you enjoy them, and feel free to open discussions! Happy Reading, friends!
1) EAT, Pray, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert
Probably my all time favorite book. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these days there is a whole post dedicated to it, so get ready!
2) THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver
If a movie was made about this book, I would want to be in it. One of her more difficult books, but absolutely fantastic. If you haven’t read any Barbara Kingsolver, start off with Animal Dreams or The Bean Trees, both of which are also great. I don’t think you can go wrong with her.
3) MRS. DALLOWAY by Virginia Woolf
What can I saw about Virginia Woolf? I first read A Room of One’s Own in high school, followed by Mrs. Dalloway. You need to want to read it to like it, but if you are a VW fan (which I naturally have to be since we have the same initials) you will love this book. (just a little hint: if you like this you will probably like the more modern adaptation The Hours by Michael Cunningham! Very good!)
4) CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME by Mark Haddon
A great import from Britain. I actually listened to part of this book on tape (which I enjoy doing sometimes!) and I loved the speaker’s voice. But the diagrams in the book are somewhat important.
5) OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout
Elizabeth Strout came to my college during a Literary Festival and I heard her read the first few pages of this book. I was hooked. You have to come to terms with the fact that you may not like the protagonist of the story, but for me, that is what made it interesting and actually made me like her.
6) THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath
Not only do I love her poetry, but this book is brilliant. Even funny at times despite it’s darkness. (Also, the movie Sylvia, about Plath’s life, is very good in my opinion)
7) GIRL, INTERRUPTED by Susanna Kaysen
Another darker book, but brilliantly written. Another book that I could read again and again, just because it is easy to get through and an incredibly brave and true story. Even the movie isn’t bad.
8 ) TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
A classic but still an all time favorite that I definitely need to read again soon.
9) THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
10) A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving
Hysterically funny, yet also tragic. A great read.
Books that almost made the list and I couldn’t help but mention:
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by (a play, but hiserically funny if you are as obsessed with Shakespeare’s Hamlet as I am)
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky (maybe more for the younger reader, but address important issues that aren’t often discussed with high school students)
THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls (A book that I read through in just a few sittings because I was so intrigued how it was going to continue. A story about a family that you want to root for, but know it is probably fruitless.)
THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood (I’m not a fan of all of her books, and it took me time to get into this one, but it was great once I did)
MADAPPLE by Christina Meldrum (I learned about this book during my internship and it such a wonderfully written book! And I actually had some e-mail communication with Christina and she was so nice!)