(photo source – the selby)
If there is something that I really like, I have a tendency to want my friends and family to also really like it. For instance, one of my favorite television programs is Friday Night Lights. I’ve given DVD’s of this show as a gift twice in the past year, encouraged countless number of friends to borrow copies and practically forced my brother and sis-in-law to start watching instantly on Netflix. I’ve been equally enthusiastic about Mumford & Sons. Their album has been oft-gifted by me.
So, check this out. My brother emailed me a few weeks ago to tell me that he downloaded a book on his iPad that I recommended to him. Then he emailed me a few days later to tell me that he had already finished it and the two other books in the trilogy – and he liked them. (The Hunger Games trilogy) Imagine my joy! Then, as if that weren’t enough, he asked for more book suggestions. Oh, my goodness. I think this validation makes up for the tragedy of having this haircut in the 7th grade:
So I sat down to write him an email with a few book suggestions. And instead I accidentally wrote a research paper. Complete with cited sources and footnotes. Truth. Anyway, I thought that since my opinion is now in such high demand, I would share some of my book recommendations with you guys.
DISCLAIMER: The vast majority of my reading is for enjoyment, not to learn things. (Sarcasm alert, lest you think I’m completely vapid.) You won’t see things like presidential biographies (I have read part of “The Audacity of Hope”), Russian literature or owner’s manuals on my list of faves. (Not that I begrudge you for having them on yours!) Hopefully this won’t make you think I’m unintelligent – I can be pretty savvy in areas that I want to be (helloooo, Friends trivia). ;)
ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMER: My brother and I share a love of Harry Potter. He’s actually the one that introduced the series to me in 2000, when I was 18 and he was 11. That’s why you don’t see it on the list.
(one of my favorites)
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (2003), a best-selling collection of pop culture essays
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas (2006), a collection of articles, previously published columns, and a semi-autobiographical novella
Eating the Dinosaur (2009), a collection of previously unpublished essays.
(This is the book I’m currently reading.)
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story (2005), a road narrative focused on the relationship between rock music, mortality, and romantic love
Independent Book Recommendations
A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) – John Irving
(I never read this book in school, but it was recommended to me not long after I graduated college. I loved it and have always intended to read more of Irving’s work, but haven’t.)
The Historian (2005) – Elizabeth Kostova
(This book is about vampires – about Dracula, really. And it might take a little while to get into. It took me a good few months and one airplane ride to really, really get into it. But once I did, IT. WAS. GREAT.)
The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003) – Audrey Niffenegger
(Simply put, one of my favorite books EVER. You’ve probably heard of it and the movie. Whatever you do, DON’T watch the movie. Just…don’t.)
This list doesn’t include even half of the books that I recommended to my bro, but I thought I would spare you. Let me know if you decide to read any of these!