I’m in the middle of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and while I pride myself on being a quick reader, there’s only so much one person can do with a thousand pages. So while I’m finishing I’m going to share a list of recommendations for books that I’ve read and absolutely loved.
I could go back and write individual reviews but ain’t no body got time for that. In fact it feels like my ‘to read’ list grows longer every day! Instead, I’ll include the book title, author, and extremely brief summery here so you can get a gist of the work. They are also in no order because that would be like asking my Mom to pick her favorite child. (PS it would probs be me.) So here we go!
White Oleander, Janet Fitch
An eccentric poet goes to prison for murder and her daughter gets put into the foster care system. This is an emotional and beautifully told story.
A Visit From The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
A collection of stories told about a group of people who are only sort of connected. The beauty of this novel is that it is unique in form and it proves that linear story telling is overrated.
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
I’ve heard this story compared to Hunger Games but that’s not really fair. Hunger Games sucks (#notsorry) and this is the beautifully told journey of the human race. Not to mention it’s a war/scifi/thriller type and Ender is one of the most fascinating protagonists ever.
The Brief and Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
Fair warning, it is a brief life. Poor Oscar doesn’t fit in and things are rough before they get better. But the novel is beautiful and compelling and Diaz is a master story teller.
People of Paper, Salvador Plascencia
A novel that doesn’t believe in rules based on format, plot, or style. A fascinating read filled with what I have since learned is called “magical realism,” which keeps your attention in the best way.
House of Leaves, Mark Z Danielewski
Speaking of not following the rules, this one chucks all the rules right out the window. It’s a bit of a head trip, but it’s presented in such a genius way that you won’t even be mad.
Uglies series, Scott Westrfeld
This series is the bomb. Seriously, if you’re looking for a futuristic/scifi/dystopia series please skip all the current junk and read Westerfeld’s. The first one is a little long but they’re so worth it. For real. Go get them. Now.
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
Ever wanted to read a book about the effects of British colonization that was interesting and enjoyable? Smith’s got ya covered.
Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz
This is one is an all around winner; it has an interesting premise that lives up to its potential, intriguing characters, and some satisfying reveals.
Monster, Walter Dean Myers
This story is a two for one, compelling set up and interesting styles of narrative. It also explores at risk youth and the justice system so that’s a good time.
Proof, David Auburn
You wouldn’t think a play about math would be interesting but this one just proves you can’t judge what you don’t know. It also includes issues of mental illness, relationships, and the idea of authenticity.
Wit, Margaret Edson
An English professor who has spent her entire life devoted to the study of one poet is diagnosed with cancer and a beautiful and terrifying existential crisis ensues.
Agnes of God, John Pielmeier
A nun gives birth and claims it’s the immaculate conception part two. Mother superior and a psychiatrist try to find out if that’s a true statement. It’s super intense and beautiful to behold, both written and preformed.
Ok, I’m done. If you made it through that, go treat yo self to some ice cream because it lasted much longer then I was planning. There were just too many good ones! In fact, there will probably have to be a second list at some point. But for now, I’ll finish up with Strange and Norrell and then let you know how it went. Keep it real y’all.