I’ve somehow awoken a voracious reading habit in the last couple of months, and while plowing through my third book in the last week or so, it struck me that some of you might have some great suggestions for what to read next. Compiled together, those selections might make an excellent reading list for all of us. So…
What are five books that you repeatedly recommend?
If you can’t name five, name as many as you can. If you come up with more than five (my list was originally over fifteen), boil the list down to as close to five as you can get. That should eliminate a lot of the marginal choices and leave us with only the best of the best. Your suggestions don’t have to be brand new or in any particular genre as long as they are at the top of your personal favorites.
To get you started, here are five books that I think are absolutely worth a read:
Five Books That I Repeatedly Recommend
5. A People’s History of the United States (non-fiction): If you can read through the leftist slant of the book, it presents a very interesting picture of the history of the U.S. as seen through the eyes of the people upon which America silently stands upon. Whether this is an accurate depiction of the way America was really built or whether it is merely revisionist propaganda, this book will give you a different perspective on U.S. history.
4. Fight Club (thriller): Long before the movie came out, I reluctantly read this book because I had run out of things to read. After I finished it, I practically became an evangelist for it, loaning it to everyone I could. If you’ve seen the movie and need encouragement to read this, the book doesn’t end the same way that the movie does, and Chuck Palahniuk’s descriptions are some of the best that I’ve read.
3. Days of War, Nights of Love (philosophy): This book verges on anarchist propaganda, and might make you want to quit your job and burn the whole motherfucking building down. Don’t read this within two hours of having a meeting with your boss or you might end up just another happy hobo with a blog (Call me if you do though).
2. A Million Little Pieces (drama): This is as close as you’re going to get to addiction without getting puke on your shirt, and if I could say “emotionally draining” without sounding like a little girl, I would use those exact words to describe this book.
1. The Time Traveler’s Wife (sci-fi): I’m very resistant to love stories, but if I had to pick one book on this list that I thought everyone should read, it’s this one. When excellent writing is dipped in action and drowned in time travel, it makes for a fast read. When it can make you forget that you hate love stories, it’s a great read.
*Bonus: Intensity (thriller): Dean Koontz books are fast reads, but this is easily my favorite out of his works. I bought this in an airport, and I accidentally left it on a plane. It was such a page turner that I bought another copy at the next airport and finished it in a couple of days.
And that’s my list. Now, what are you going to recommend?