20 October, 2014

Reading Reveries #2: (Some) Favorites

Being a book enthousiast, picking my favorite ones is quite the pickle (hence the 'some' in the title). That aside, here are a few books that have impacted my life one way or another.

Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - A story about a little boy, Oskar, who tragically lost his father. By going on a mission across New York, he tries to get closer to him. I thankfully haven't lost a parent, but this little guy taught me a lot. Foer's writing is so unique as well.

Being with him made my brain quiet. I didn't have to invent a thing.  - J.S. Foer

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf - This has the typical modernist stream of consciousness style, which can be confusing. I love how she strings together the stories of her protagonists, Clarissa and Septimus. I make new discoveries every time I re-read it. If you like reading, please consider this one.

“What is this terror? what is this ecstasy? he thought to himself. What is it that fills me with 
this extraordinary excitement? It is Clarissa, he said. For there she was.”  - V. Woolf

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding - An easier read. This will make you laugh and cry. Bridget is one of my most beloved characters. She is so human and recognizable. I'm sure you've all seen the film, but do read the novel, it will surely please you.

“You only get one life. I've just made a decision to change things a bit and 
spend what's left of mine looking after me for a change.”  - H. Fielding

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - This was already in my last post, but it has fastly become a favorite.  The plot twists, well-developed characters and overall beautiful writing is just fantastic.

“Better than chocolate, being with you last night. Silly me, 
thought that nothing was better than chocolate.”  - E. Lockhart

If you have read any of these books, what did you think of them? What are some of your favorites?