Here is a list of books that I think everyone would enjoy as much as I have.
Probably the funniest series of books ever to come out. I read the first book of the series just after coming out of college and on working my way through my first job. I remember that I could not keep the book down, I was so drawn in by the quirky characters, the fantastical use of seemingly ordinary objects and of course the constant struggle of Arthur Dent vs. the universe. This is a definite read for anyone who wants to have a good laugh. Also check out the continuation of this series by Eoin Colfer entitled: And Another Thing.
Just like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Kurt Vonnegut had released a series of books which at first glance may seem odd but will later on draw you in with the sharp wit, whimsical characters and the obsessive fascination with Kilgore Trout (indeed the reference to this fictional character spans on to several other books of Kurt Vonnegut). Also check out Slaughterhouse Five, which is another great book by Kurt Vonnegut.
My senior highschool English teacher, Mr. Edgar Abodiles allowed me to read fiction while my other classmates would have to listen to the rules of grammar in his classes. At that point I remember I was reading Tuesday’s with Morrie and it was Mr. Abodiles who had encouraged me to read further and suggested to read Siddartha by Herman Hesse. This book will forever be ingrained into my mind. The story of a young man as he goes on searching for truth only to discover that the truth is so much simpler than a grandiose quest. A definite read for anyone seeking for that quick pick me up.
Heat Wave is a very interesting book, while the other books that I have read and recommended had started out from novels and slowly crept their way into TV and films, this one is rather different. Starting out as a popular television series, the producers of the show released a couple of books based on the main character of the Castle series, Richard Castle. Reading this book sent me into a spiral of excitement as I relived various scenes and incidents that I enjoyed in the television show.
Evolution of Insanity, if anyone would take the title of this book on its own would already derive that this books is anything but ordinary. Possessing a collection of stories and an explicit foray into the mind of the author, this book does border on the philosophical at times however coupled with a satirical wit that often fills the pages of this collection would leave anyone reading for more.
I think everybody was engrossed with stories of the Mafia especially as it filled up the history of modern day America. Like many before me, I was engrossed with the films of the Godfather and eagerly followed the Corleone family through the movies. Imagine my surprise when I was gifted this book and as I flipped through the pages, I learned much more about the intricacies surrounding the families of the time and was thoroughly engaged by the unique writing style of the author. A definite must read.
Paulo Coelho will always remain in the minds of many readers. People who dared to dream of something more, to trod the path that is less taken. This book is popular to many just for these reasons. The beauty of this particular piece is that while it throws in a very idealistic notion like in many of the authors books, it conveys it all in a very simplistic language, the characters are very relatable and any reader would definitely place this as one of their favorite books.
One of the first books that I actually could sit down and read thoroughly without having the desire to set it down. I remember that during this time in senior highschool was the starting point of my love for books. This book however had a more different effect on me. Probably it was the time of my teenage years, the impact of this book coupled with the movie Dead Poets Society or maybe the fact that I had my own real life Morrie during that time made this book even that more impactful helping me sort out my own restless mind.
Before the popularity of Harry Potter and many other fantasy books, The Chronicles of Narnia was a firm favorite. This book holds so much meaning to me that I cannot truly express them in words. I would say that this book planted the thoughts of writing fiction. I remember it vividly, my college English teacher, Ms. Marissa Felix was a huge fan of this book that she gave all of us a project. Read this book and create your own fantasy story. Part of a group, I had devised a story that seemed to flow out of me like water out of a pitcher and the story was crisp, sound and resulted in a glowing reference from a colleague of mine. “You can write.”
Roald Dahl is more known for his children’s books, namely the story of Willy Wonka. While this book is completely different in terms of genre, one cannot help but feel the pulse of the author as the reader moves from story to story. It is magical in a disturbing sense. I remember reading this book and not being able to put it down because the events unfolded like a hot knife through butter. I did not know what the characters were up to and each story in this collection had their own twists and turns that could give someone a heart attack. Not for the faint hearted.