Ten of my absolute favorite books. In no particular order.
(I guarantee I’ve forgotten a few blatant ones, which will require an inevitable follow up post)
1. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankenwhiler
It is one of my great goals in life to sneak in and spend a night in the Met.
Read more about my love for this book, here.
3. The Salamander Room
This book is pure magic. And I hate salamanders.
4. East of Eden
Steinbeck makes my heart hurt in the most amazing way. I love this book because I can see a piece of myself in every character. Yes, even Cathy.
5. The Fountainhead
I never thought I would be a huge Ayn Rand fan, but The Fountainhead is completely engrossing. It’s sensual, violent, complex and honest.
6. The Game (AS Byatt)
I was obsessed with AS Byatt in high school (wrote far too many papers on her and her work senior year). This book — a game of wits between two sisters — is my absolute favorite.
7. The Handmaid’s Tale
I’m a sucker for any kind of post-apocalyptic society book (helloooo Hunger Games). The feminist undertones of Margaret Atwood’s version of the future United States often touch a little too close to home.
8. One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Marquez is a fantastic storyteller. The depth and detail of this story is mind boggling.
9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
I refuse to see the movie, because this book remains so near and dear to my heart. Oskar Schell — I hope my future sons have just a touch of your sensitivity and genius.
10. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
The fact that he’s a San Francisco native and the founder of McSweeney’s make this book all the better. But I also just love Eggers’ style. He’s hilarious, self-berating and incredibly interesting.