A week ago I posted a blog on the books I don’t like. Since there are more books that I like than those I don’t like, I think it would only be fair to also tell you about books I’ve read and which I loved. I will not list my favorite book, as I wrote about that before. Let me tell you about some of the books which are also high on my list.
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1) John Niven – Kill Your Friends
Narrated by a jaded, spoiled and arrogant record company scout in the 90s who literally leaves behind dead bodies as he lives his life looking for the next big act so he can save his butt from getting sacked. Hilarious, thrilling and dark novel about living life to the max without being punished for it.
2) Martin Amis – Money
Very similar to Kill Your Friends in that the main character, John Self, is living the high life and doing tons of crazy stuff. Main difference: the outcome of the novel, which I won’t give away, but let’s just say that you shouldn’t just trust everyone as not everyone is who they seems to be.
3.) J. D. Salinger – Catcher in the Rye
Story of Holden Caulfied. Enfant terrible and a manic lazy bum who tries to get away with everything. A novel about coming of age, going against the grain and life lessons. I love this one as it’s hilarious. Not many books have me laughing out loud. This one did.
4.) Willa Cather – Song of the Lark
This book really impressed me when I read it. About Thea Kronborg from a small, fictional town called Moonstone, Colorado who becomes a famous opera singer in New York at the end of the novel. You are taken along for Thea’s journey in life. The story starts when she is a child and follows her from the moment she first takes music lessons, to becoming a teacher herself, to her leaving Moonstone and settling and finding her way in the Big Apple. I love it when books really follow one particular character from beginning to end.
5.) Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Shadow of the Wind
This book took me some time getting into, but it’s a very very worthy read. It’s about a boy Daniel, who is allowed to pick a book from the Cemetary of Forgotten Books by his dad. He picks The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. The boy is fascinated by the book. So much so that he tries to track more books by the same author. However, he is unsuccessful. Add his quest to find out more, a mysterious character who named himself after a character in the book, an old house on a hill in Barcelona and you get a novel with enough suspense and intrigue that you will not want to put it down.
Q: What are some of your favorite books that you would recommend to anyone who asks?