I really envy those people who always seem to have an answer to questions like “what’s your favorite food?”, “what’s your favorite book?” “what’s your favorite anything?”.. I’ve never been good at picking “absolute” favorites, I just like so many different things! I was thinking really hard about what could be my favorite book, I wanted to find one that was really meaningful to me, or maybe that influenced me somehow, but as soon as I came up with a title, another one would pop up and I’d find myself unable to pick between the two; so after a long consideration, I came up with 4 books that I love, for a reason or another, that I’m pretty sure I can say are among my favorites.
Something funny I noticed, is that most of them I love because the plot and writing style themselves, but some others, I also love for the memory I have of them or the period when I read them, is that okay? I hope so!
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (mystery/thriller). Read it if: you love thrillers and don’t mind the gory details. Like all other’s book by Gillian Flynn the characters’ personality are very intricate, not always likable but always interesting. Don’t read it if: you’re squeamish or if you’re triggered by self harm. [Story time: I bought this book in 2008 on a day when I decided to ditch school and go the bookstore on my own, instead - because I was rebellious like that. I read the first few chapters sitting on the floor until I got told off, then I bought it and went to the park when I finished it. That’s how good it is, and I’ve read it a few more times since then, I really love the main character.]
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (contemporary fiction). I don’t know if it’s a controversial reason to define a book a favorite because when I read I thought “I never want to be this person, I want to do the exact opposite with my life”, but that’s why I like it, I guess. Murakami is one of my favorite authors, but I don’t think this is his best book at all. All the female characters are the stereotypical “needy damsel in distress” with an hint of sexy bomb thrown in there, versus the main male character who’s the aloof sexy man everybody wants, which is enough for some people to throw this book out of the window; However, if you’re able to get over it, it’s an enjoyable read. It also deals with depression and, in my opinion, Murakami’s writing is really beautiful.
The Martian by Andy Weir (scifi with a hint of humor). This is the book that got me into scifi earlier this year. I never really read much scifi before 2015, and I'm so glad I ventured into this genre, because I'm so in love with it right now. Anyway, this book had been discussed everywhere (plus the movie is out now, and I've seen it the other day.. it's so good!) but basically follows the survival of an astronaut stranded on Mars. It's really witty and nerdy, and a very compelling read.
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (scifi/religion?). If you remember this post, I bought this book this summer at the airport because I liked the cover, and I ended up loving it so much I rated it 5 stars, which I almost never do. The plot is very weird: there’s a Christian pastor that gets chosen to be part of a colony on a new planet that is being studied in order to prepare it for proper human civilization. His job there is going to have teach the Gospel to the native species: strange creatures with faces that resembles fetuses. What?! But I promise is so much more than that. It really opened my eyes on issues that you’d never consider possible to be discusses in a book like this.
Like I said, these are just a few of the books I love most that I could think on the top of my head. If you'd like to keep up with my bookish adventures, let's be friends on Goodreads!
Have you read anything that really stood out to you, lately?
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