Now that the weather is cooling off, and dark rainy days are becoming the norm, I’ve been getting back into reading. I love curling up in a chair and getting sucked into another universe for a couple of hours. Give me a good book, a comfy chair, an oversized blanket, and I’m good to go!
If you need some book recommendations to kick off “cozy reading season”, here are some of my favorite books:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
I’m having a hard time putting into words how and why this book is so great, not because it isn’t great, but because I’m afraid I won’t do the book justice by explaining it. Just take my word for it. It’s great.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
I’ll admit that not a lot of books make me cry. But, when you couple the loss of a father, 9/11, and a child’s quest to find answers to it all, just pass me the tissues.
1984 by George Orwell
Out of all of the books I read in high school, this was my all time favorite. I never thought I would enjoy a dystopian novel, but I consider this book to almost be my gateway drug into that sub genre. Look out. Big Brother is watching.
The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
I stumbled upon this book almost by accident. I was walking by the fantasy section of a bookstore when the cover caught my eye. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed when I took it home and read it. The main character, Lauren, finds herself in a strange town, but when she tries to leave, certain things keep pulling her back.
Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk
I typically don’t enjoy nonfiction, but this book is an exception. If you’re a fan of Chuck Palahniuk, you’ll know that the books he writes are typically a little out there. But, those strange stories don’t just come from his head. It turns out that his life is sometimes just as strange.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
This is one of the rare books that I have read more than once. I’m not sure what draws me back to it, if it’s the characters, or the writing style, or its themes of mental health. Maybe all three. Although, unlike The Book Thief, I have yet to see the movie for fear that it’ll ruin the story. This book has a special place in my heart.
If you haven’t read any of these books yet, I definitely recommend them. They’re all different, but they all stuck with me for one reason or another.
What are some of your favorite books?