Over the years, there are many books that have impacted me. I have compiled a short list of some of my favorite books for today’s blog post. I tried to pick books from different categories, so hopefully you find something you may enjoy!
Catcher In The Rye
by JD Salinger
This one gets the top place on the list since it is my all-time favorite book. I even have a tattoo based on this book since it has impacted me so much.
The book follows 17 year-old Holden Caulfield while going through a confusing time in his young life. A lot of people I know have disliked the book since they say “nothing happens”, but, for me, it’s the feelings it brings up and the connection to Holden that makes it an inspiring read.
When I first read it, I was in high school. I have re-read the whole book and parts of it since then, and it impacts me a different way every time I read it. As I have grown as a person, so has what this book means to me.
by Sally Rooney
This is a book I read recently that I absolutely fell in love with. I feel that it is very similar to Catcher in the Rye in terms of how it is written and the themes.
This book follows two characters, Marianne and Connell, from high school through college. They are best friends that are also involved romantically, and it is very emotional to go through this journey with them.
I started reading this book one night, stayed up until 2 am reading it, and then finished it the next day. It made me cry multiple times, which I feel is the sign of an amazing book.
by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is the best mystery book I have read. It had me on the edge of my seat, and I remember staying up on my vacation in Punta Cana to finish this book.
I can’t say much about this book if you haven’t read it or seen the movie. Overall, it is about a woman, Amy, who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. The husband becomes the main suspect. As a reader, you feel that you have it figured out so many times before the truth is revealed. This is a book with a twist I never saw coming.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini
It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a fast, emotional, yet heartwarming, read.
This book was inspired by the author’s his own hospitalization for depression. It follows a young boy who is hospitalized and the people he meets while he is in there.
Sadly, the author lost his battle with depression in 2013, which adds to the impact this book has on the reader.
by David Sedaris
Calypso is unique on this list in the sense that is a series of essays rather than a novel.
This is written by David Sedaris and is considered semi-autobiographical. The short stories are both personal and hilarious- some made me laugh out loud, where others made me tear up.
Sedaris has a very great way of articulating his thoughts. It takes some time to get used to his style, but once you do, I hope you will fall in love with his writing as much I did.
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone
by Lori Gottlieb
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone is a book written by Lori Gottlieb, a therapist.
This book is a memoir- it follows patients of Lori’s on their own personal path through therapy, and follows Lori going to her own therapist. Each person it follows is very different, and there is something to learn from all of them.
Lori is an outstanding writer, and I truly could not put this book down. I left feeling much more enlightened. This book is both hilarious and heartbreaking in the best ways.
Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans
by Ethan Brown
If you like true crime like me, this book is for you. When I went on vacation to New Orleans, I learned about this murder.
In 2006, Zackery Bowen murdered his girlfriend, Addie Hall. He then commits suicide and leaves a note for the police. What they discover at this point is very disturbing.
What struck me the most about this book is that the author did thorough research. The author really went out of the way to interview many people that were part of Zach and Addie’s lives over the years to try and piece together the whole picture. It does’t just focus on the actual murder- it dives into Zack’s past to try and reconcile what could drive a person to commit a crime as brutal as he did.