Alright, originally I was going to make a list of my favorite books, but then I realized that I had way too many to make a proper list.
So, instead, I’m just going to share with you a small smattering of my favorites, presented in no particular order.
“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch
- Why I Love It: This book is, despite the subject matter, full of hope and optimism. And while it may rely heavily on a myriad of platitudes, it never feels like it’s being cheesy or dishonest. It doesn’t just tell you to “work harder” or “believe in yourself”, it also shows how those things are true. It’s also quite a funny book: a lot of the jokes and anecdotes sent me into giggle fits when I first read them. Its page number is fairly light, but it’s endlessly quotable, and I find myself coming back to it when times are hard.
- Favorite Quote: “Want to have a short phone call with someone? Call them at 11:55 a.m., right before lunch. They’ll talk fast. You may think you are interesting, but you are not more interesting than lunch.”
- Read This If You Like: Feeling happy about being alive.
“Peeps” by Scott Westerfeld
- Why I Love It: It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I like vampires. Hell, when Twilight came out, I actually read the first book simply because I knew it had vampires in it. (I’m sure you can guess how that turned out.) But the thing that separates Peeps from any other vampire novel is the level of cleverness and frankness to it. Vampirism in this novel is caused by a parasitic disease, and they do not shy away from the comparisons to STD’s and plagues. It’s just a grossly clever book.
- Favorite Quote: “God, you mean I lost my virginity to the apocalypse?!”
- Read This If You Like: Vampires, diseases, or Y.A. literature.
“Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach
- Why I Love It: I’m actually not sure why I like this book so much. It’s incredibly short, and almost half of it is pictures of birds. Yet, it touches the edge of something brilliant; something spiritual and beautiful. I guess I love it because it promises me that there is something more to this world.
- Favorite Quote: “Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip,” Jonathan would say, other times, “is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.”
- Read This If You Like: Seagulls or spirituality.
Well, that was a lot of fun. I may end up doing more of these. Till then though, feel free to share a small smattering of your favorite books in the comments.
See you on Wednesday!
Special thanks to: Collin Pearman and Dylan Alexander
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