Sometimes I feel like nobody else shares my reading sensibilities. I’m sure everyone feels that way.
If I like a book, I usually go crazy, telling everybody I meet to read it.I rarely hate a book, but I’m tepid about a lot of books.
I read a ton of Young Adult Lit and generally love YA–even the classics that didn’t used to be YA but are now because they happen to have a young narrator.
A strong narrative voice is critical for me. And stuff happening. That’s important. I mean, what’s a story without, you know, a story.
A magical element is a nice touch, but it doesn’t have to be actual magic. That’s what I like about coming-of-age stories. An epiphany or awakening to some meaning about life is pretty magical.
Graphic novels are like magic to me, too, since I’m amazed by visual artists. Anyone who can illustrate has probably made a deal with the devil. Apparently the devil doesn’t even want to deal with me (probably because I have no talent) because I can’t draw worth beans. But I wish I could, because I’d love to create a graphic novel.
I’m gonna list some of my favorite books here and maybe I’ll put out some reviews in the future. For now, I’d love to know:
- Have you read any of these titles?
- What did you think of them?
- Do you have reading recommendations for me based on what I like?
I’d be very grateful for your suggestions.
P.S. The books on these lists are eclectic and not in any order, so just because A Separate Peace is listed after Divergent, for example, doesn’t mean they share much in common. I’ll keep adding and switching them around as I read more. The lists sorta make the point that categories are strange and nearly arbitrary animals. Young Adult. What does that even mean? And Graphic Novel? Verse Novel? Literary Fiction? I’m still trying to figure it out. I like books that I like. Good enough.
- Blankets by Craig Thompson
- Fun Home by Alyson Bechdel
- Stitches by David Small
- Tina’s Mouth by Keshni Kashyap
- Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
- Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
- This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
- Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (this is a cool novel in poems)
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- My Abandonment by Peter Rock
- Blood Red Road by Moira Young
- Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Feed by M.T. Anderson
- Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie (but not Reached. it was boring.)
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Other Random Books I’m Crazy About
- Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
- Nothing Between Us by Wendy Barker (another novel in poems)
- This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
- Ghostbread by Sonja Livingston
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The One-Room School House: Stories about the Boys by Jim Heynen (a collection of related short shorts)
Books I REALLY Wanted to Love, but… (that means: they were really cool, and YOU might like them, but I didn’t have those certain feelings, so we just went on one date and it was over)
- Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Flight by Sherman Alexie
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I’ve got more, so I’ll keep adding. Also will be working on my reviews, so stay tuned!!