AKA the shit I like to read
It's no secret that I *love* books. They're my passion. I spend countless hours every month scouring stores and blowing money on books I don't need. I have way too many to count, but I just can't seem to stop. If I find a book I like, I have to buy it. No if, ands, or buts about it.
Having said that, I have to make a confession: I don't do a hell of a lot of reading. Okay, okay, I know... that's fucking ridiculous. Stephen King once said, "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." And I totally agree--to an extent--which is why I start every book I buy... I just rarely finish one. There are a few reasons, usually because I either get annoyed by something going on or I stop at a place and feel 'complete' and I'm not compelled to go on, but it's true.
I also judge a book by its cover. I think we all do, whether we admit it or not. I can't help it. If I see a book with a gorgeous cover, I absolutely have to have it on my shelf. My favorite covers? The MATCHED series by Ally Condie.
Anyway, yeah, so while I'm a chronic flouncer, there are some books that I couldn't get enough of... books that I devoured in one sitting, books I still can't stop thinking about, books I could read again and again. Here's a list of a few of them ;)
1. The Harry Potter books. I think they go without saying. If you haven't read them, I'm afraid we can't be friends. Get on that shit.
2. Twilight saga. Okay, okay... the writing itself isn't the best, and I'm still trying to come to a point where I can accept that we weren't getting PUNK'D with the last book, but they remain near the top of my list.
3. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I know, it's a huge undertaking, but totally worth it to read all 7 books (8, if you count the one coming out this month). The ending is one of the best in history, IMO.
4. The Demonica series by Larissa Ione. I could never get past the first BDB book, but these I can't get enough of. Sex demons with a hint of humor minus the shit like "blooming cores"... what more could you need?
5. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I was obsessed with the Japanese culture for months afterward.
6. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. I know, I know... not everyone's cup of tea. It's long and educational, focusing on the history of philosophy (I actually read it for a history class), but it remains one of my favorite books. Pretty mind-blowing.
7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I had to stop a few times while reading and digest lines because they were so damn beautiful. It's just the first in a series. I cannot wait for the others.
8. Forbidden by Tabitha Sazuma. I know people shy away from this because of the subject matter, it's controversial with the incest theme, but this book absolutely blew me away. I've never cried so hard reading a book before... someday I want to meet the author and thank her for reminding me that the world isn't always so black and white.
9. The Godfather series (basically every book Mario Puzo ever wrote). Come one, are you even surprised? His words are golden. I also admittedly like Mark Winegardner's "Godfather's Revenge" and "Godfather Returns" (in case you don't know, Winegardner essentially 'fanficed' the Godfather and made a best seller).
10. Room by Emma Donoghue. I know so many people hate this book because it's written from the POV of a child, but I'm still amazed and affected by it a year after reading.