Since I already did this week’s topic two weeks ago, I went into the archives and found one I loved and which would be easy to work with (because I’m lazy, in case that hasn’t been clear).
[Random update on the mouse: I have two traps in my office, one in my bathroom, one in the hallway, and one in my bedroom and that little bastard has touched zero of them. It’s possible he died on his own. Or he left. Actually super concerned that I’m going to find a deteriorated corpse should I ever move.]
Okay! Back on point(e)! (Like a ballerina, I am on my toes! JK. I tried to teach myself ballet from a book once. Didn’t get very far.)
Top Ten All-Time Favorite Books!
This is my favorite TOPIC of all time! I love talking about my favorite books! (After the top 3 they aren’t really in any “order”)
1. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
Yeah, it’s totes pretentious and it’s not perfect and I might have to read it a third time (hashtag humble brag) because I’m pretty sure there are a couple storylines that go nowhere, BUT. But. It’s such an amazing glimpse into the life of mental illness and addiction without ever apologizing or berating either. It’s smart and challenging and funny. And when you finish, you REALLY feel like you’ve accomplished something. The first page also inspired my tattoo. And should I get around to getting a second tattoo, it will also be a line from this book. I really like it, guys.
2. The Little Prince – Antione de Saint-Exupery (pretend I included the accent mark)
This is timely because according to various bookish resources, yesterday was the 72nd anniversary of this book’s publication! I never actually read it as a child (because I read no children’s books, as we discussed) but I DID watch the cartoon on Nickelodeon. I didn’t read the book until I read it in French class in high school and even struggling my way through a foreign version I absolutely fell head over heels in love with this little prince and his asteroid and his rose.
3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
I picked this book up off of a “buy 2 get 1 free” table at Borders because I liked the title. As with 98% of the books I read, I knew absolutely nothing about it when I started. I prefer to avoid even reading back cover copy. I like surprises. (In books. Surprise me in real life and I will punch you in the face.) The language in this book blew me away and the use of an involved-outside narrator rocked my freaking world so much that I wrote my MFA thesis on it (side note – there are not a lot of books with this narrator. Please write more. Thank you.). It’s emotional and beautiful and when I was re-reading it for my thesis I was sitting in the humor section of Border (RIP Borders xo) weeping uncontrollably. It was my second time through! I thought I’d be fine! I wasn’t. “Oh, Christ. Rudy.” It KILLS ME.
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
This book is epic and fantastic and you don’t even have to like super heroes or comics to like it. (It’s not that I DON’T like them, I just don’t know much.) I love the magician hero and the way these characters are constantly hiding and disappearing and reappearing and figuring themselves out and growing up.
5. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
I bought this because there was a weird picture of Elijah Wood on the cover. Then I read it and decided I wanted to take writing seriously. I’m not saying it was a life-changing book but…it was a life-changing book.
6. The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
She is married to Jonathan Safran Foer. This book is slightly similar in concept. I might love it more? I only put EiI first because I read it first. But this one is…it’s magical.
7. How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
I only read this book late last year but I love it SO MUCH. It’s funny and poignant and it’s about rock-and-roll and love and growing up and basically has every single thing I could look for in a book.
8. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
I know. I don’t even care. This book has the greatest opening page in all of literature. Nabokov is a master of prose and you can shut your mouth about the subject matter.
9. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
Another one I only read late last year but that I think about, like, all the time. It was top three of last year and is quiet and beautiful and amazing. I liked it a whole lot. You would too. You should read it. And all of these books! Book club!
There are other books I love lot but these are the ones I’ve either re-read or know off the top of my head that I would re-read again. Also I’m terrible at remembering titles so I actually need to be in front of my bookcase for literally all book-related posts. I’m the worst. I actually forgot the name of one of the characters in my own book. The one my agent already has and has been revised a million times. That book. I forgot a character’s name.