I admit, I am a self-proclaimed bookworm. So I thought today I would share my all-time favorites with you. When I have the time, I do try to read a lot SO expect posts about my book favorites somewhat often.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I swear this book not only changed my life but also created my never-ending love for books. I read this the summer before I started high school and it was just as good then as it is reading it now. This book is a giant cliche of the “Coming of Age” high school story but it’s the weird kids’ cliche, and it’s fantastic. There are so many beautiful scenes in this book and it handles the story of mental illness almost flawlessly.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I truly believe Maya Angelou’s words have single-handedly made this world a better place. This book plays on all of your emotions, it’s raw, honest and, heavy. It grips you from start to finish and as a privileged white woman, it moved me that much more to fight for justice.
I’m With The Band; Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres
This is a fun one, I LOVE this damn book. It has everything inside that you would expect and puts you right into the world of rock. It is absolutely brilliant and I loved every second of it. Des Barres was a young girl living comfortably in the middle-class world and took the most unexpected but amazing, girl-power fueled turn. I feel like I now know Jim Morrison. What a legend.
It by Alexa Chung
Speaking of girl power, Alexa Chung (the woman of my dreams) has created this wonderful piece of art that helped me grow into the young woman I am now. It’s comedic, helpful, and effortlessly beautiful (but my coffee stains aren’t) This is a great read and describes girlhood seamlessly.
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Now listen, I love Hamilton already (really, really love) but challenged myself to read the book that started it all, this book being the reason the musical even arised. Now I know why because holy shit who knew a founding father could have so many layers to him. Hamilton must’ve been the most interesting human being known to man other than Jesus (because what was that all about) This was a long, yet intriguing read and I highly recommend it to EVERYONE.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I never thought it was possible to put mental illness perfectly in words until I read this book. Sylvia Plath is one of my favorite writers and I always find myself reaching for this book again and again. Whenever I read it it’s almost as if my heart is in sync with Esther’s.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
I don’t have much to say other than that this is a damn fine piece of stagecraft and I loved every second.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Wilde is a genius, as is this play. It’s outrageous, hilarious, and I can’t believe it was written ages ago instead of yesterday.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A Classic, this book starts out awfully slow and then I became hooked. You get so much out of this book except oh my gosh Dickens demands so much concentration while reading.
So that’s it. If you’re interested here’s my Goodreads account and as always thank you for reading. Let me know what your favorites are so I can figure out what I’m reading next.