Not unsimilar to my passion for music, I am obsessed with books. In fact, this weekend I spent time at two bookstores that were closing, and ended up with at least 15 new books. I have read a lot of books, and I love sharing my finds with people. Each Monday, I am going to post five must-reads (in no particular order), with a synopsis and a rating from 1-5 stars.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
At the risk of sounding like every girl in America right now and recommending this book, I still think it’s totally worth mentioning. The recent popularity, and almost annoying amount of times this book is quoted, is due to the movie that opens this year. It stars “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson. So read this before you see the movie. I finished this book in a day. This book is about a teenage boy who narrates the story, and spends time writing letters to an anonymous person who he doesn’t know. The awkward main character is lovable and relate-able, and the book touches on topics such as adolescence, drug-use, sex, suicide and homosexuality. The boy, “Charlie,” is a freshman who is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and her step-brother Patrick.
2. Paper Towns
I am obsessed with John Green. I will repeat that… I am obsessed with John Green, so this won’t be the only time you see his name on one of my lists. “Paper Towns” is the most recent novel of his that I have read. Quentin Jacobsen is in love with his neighboor Margo Roth Spiegelman, and has been since they were nine years old. High-school Margo shows up to Quentin’s room in the middle of the night and convinces him to sneak out and a one-night adventure of a lifetime with her. An adventure full of revenge and rebellion. The two return to their homes and go to sleep before conquering school in the morning. Margo never makes it to school, and after three days her parents report her missing. After she goes missing, Quentin finds a poster taped to the back of her shades, and follows a series of clues in hopes of finding her. This book is easily one of my favorites.
3. Good in Bed
Aside from John Green, Jennifer Weiner is one of my favorite authors. She has written 10 books, and I have read all 10. “Good in Bed” is the first novel that she wrote, and it follows a lovely girl named Cannie Shapiro who has had a series of interesting/bad hands dealt to her. Her mother came out of the closet, and her father pretends that she doesn’t exist from a city far away. However, the larger woman has accepted her size and loves her job with the Philadelphia Examiner. Her life is running smoothly until she opened up a magazine to find the words “Loving a Larger Woman” by Bruce Guberman – her ex-boyfriend, and her life takes a spin.
This is probably one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read, and I am honestly surprised that I picked it up at the library because it’s not usually my thing. I love Chuck Palahniuk though, so I gave it a try and I was nicely surprised. The subject is a little raunchy and raw, but anyway – An aging porn adult film star wants to finish off her career by breaking a world record. The world record at hand is one that involves having sex with 600 men on camera. Cassie Wright (the fact that we share a name is unfortunate) also may have someone that wants to kill her. The story takes places through the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, Mr. 600, and the talent wrangler Sheila. It’s definitely an interesting read, and it’s extremely well-written. It’s dark, witty and brutally honest – all of the things you could expect from Palahniuk.
5. When You Are Engulfed in Flames
David Sedaris has a knack for making the most mundane, daily tasks into interesting bits of writing. Then he strings them together so harmoniously that it doesn’t even feel like you are reading a series of essays, but rather a complete product. From trying to make coffee without water, to buying drugs in North Carolina, or to leaving for Japan to quit smoking, this books will have you thoroughly enthralled.