Monday, January 24, 2011
I've gotten a few questions lately about books and book recommendations. Here are some of my all-time favorite books that I recommend to everyone. I hope fellow bibliophiles can find one or two new reads to stash next to the bed:
If you like non-fiction: Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris is a collection of non-fiction short essays about being a book lover. It's uproariously funny; chock-full of weird, obscure words you want to look up; and it inspired my mother to buy me 17 pounds of books for my 17th birthday (awesome).
If English was your favorite subject in school: Ian McEwan's Atonement is a beautiful, complicated novel that is difficult to describe without reducing its gorgeousness. Like most McEwan, the plot keeps you rushing forward even while the structure of his sentences ask you to pause, slow down, and pay attention to language.
If you like J.D. Salinger or Lolita: Martin Amis's Money is a book I often recommend to guy friends looking for a good read (needless to say, lots of girls love it, too; it's just my current #1 book-for-a-boy rec). It is deviant, irreverent and darkly humorous.
If you're looking for a good classic, a well-plotted read for a long trip, or a genuinely scary book: Bram Stoker's Dracula literally gave me some kind of sublime shivers, I was so frightened and delighted reading it. It is the original vampire novel (and if you ask me, one of the only worth reading).
If you like long, rambly, funny, encyclopedic novels: Zadie Smith's White Teeth is among my favorite contemporary novels. It is a novel about London (which makes it difficult to contain neatly) and it is big and sympathetic and at times, incredibly funny.
Obviously, I have lots (and lots and lots) more books I love, but these five are among the most-popular Tania recommendations. Do you like to read? Or have you read anything great lately that you'd recommend? Would you mind a post like this once in a while?
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