Hi readers, it’s been a while but I’m back after a long-ass dry spell. All in all, it was just really hard to find a good book that I could stick with. I seem to have FINALLY broken this streak of rotten literary luck with Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie. I can’t wait to write more about it, but since I started it at around 6pm last night and just finished it at about 5am, I think I should get some sleep first :). Hopefully my dream will tell me which book should come next, but please comment if you have recommendations!
Does anyone have recommendations for a great book I should read? As my followers know, I’m a huge reader of American classics, but I haven’t found one lately that I’ve been able to stick with. If anybody has a recommendation for something you think I might like, please comment or message me! I am absolutely desperate and I need you!
Per your request, a list of books I really think you’ll like. Love you.
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- Jack and Aliena are ridiculously cute
- The history in it is fascinating, especially because it explores a time period that you don’t encounter a whole lot (the Anarchy)
- Great fight/war scenes
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Totally disgusting but also brilliant in how seductive it is
- Most engrossing prose you’ll ever read
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
- Jacobs is one of the few women who wrote a slave narrative
- Highlights the systematic gender-based violence experienced by female slaves, something which was never really discussed in slave narratives written by men
- Toni Morrison says slave narratives are the heart of the African American literary canon and this is a good book to start laying that foundation in your mind
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Fucking HILARIOUS
- Heartbreaking, naturally
- A truly fun read that also reminds you of how harsh life on a reservation is
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
- Ugh, my heart. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry.
- Stratton had us read this not because it was related to the class, but because he thought everyone should at least once. He is right.
- Shines a spotlight on people who’ve been cast out by their communities, others who are just kind of “there”, and those who have a place in society but still see themselves as outsiders.
- It’s a sad book and I know you don’t like depressing books, but it’s too beautiful of a story to miss.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Has a very anti-science message and is also an allegory for Mary Shelley’s personal trauma (losing her mother)
- Heavily influenced by Paradise Lost (ex: Victor’s “playing God” by trying to create life)
- Picks up very quickly (the monster is animated by the third chapter if I recall correctly) so it doesn’t drag that much
- Another sad book, but it’s SO cool
- Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
- You’ve started it, but you have to finish it so you can feel the triumph of getting through it
- TAKE YOUR TIME. It took me 8 months.
- The prose is too good to miss.
- THE LAST SCENE IS EVERYTHING
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Set in the Belgian Congo, which is shown to be just as bad if not worse than 1960s Vietnam
- Kurtz is a character worth experiencing on the page as well as on screen
- Extremely disturbing, but highly condemning of imperialism, which I love
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Required reading. No hall passes.
- Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
- Watch the movie first, you’ll see how funny it is performed
- Read it for the funny poetry
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
- A memoir of conversations that Albom had with his former sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, who was dying from ALS at the time.
- Yes, it’s incredibly sappy. However, Morrie’s thoughts on human nature, love, and death are profound in their simplicity, allowing you to easily keep his ideas with you in your back pocket.
- Morrie’s lessons are particularly relevant these days, and you’ll see why when you read it.
- The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
- Literally just an inappropriate dictionary written by a shameless but hilarious asshole
- It’s free on iBooks!
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Just kidding lol this book is an actual piece of shit
Just a couple of Daisies and Jordans, clearly.
“It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better.”
Happy birthday Travis, I love you!