TGI-freaking-F, book lovers! It has been a week and I’m so so glad that it’s finally Friday because I can now read through the night without worrying about how I’m going to function as a hooman at work all day. That said, I recently discovered another meme that sounded fun and that I want to participate in weekly. Friday Favourites is hosted by Something of the Book and it’s where you get to share a list of all your favourites based on the list of prompts on her page. Sounds fun, right? This week’s prompt is: books that were recommended to you and became favourites.
A sad fact of my life is that there aren’t many people in it that read avidly or actually, read at all. Most of the time I’m the one that’s recommending books to people and while that gives me great pleasure, I often wish I had more people that can recommend reads to me too. Thank goodness for the book blogging/bookstagram community though, amiright? Admittedly, ever since becoming part of this community I’ve added a lot more recommended reads to my list, but I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I’m trash. But here is a short list of the ones I’ve read and loved!
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
When I first moved to Indonesia and did an internship at the UN, the book loving friends I made were from everywhere. They read books in English, French, German, and Spanish—it was intimidating and impressive! She was rereading The Shadow of the Wind in Spanish at the time, and demanded I pick it up ASAP when I said I had no clue who Zafon was. So I did, and the only regret I had was that I didn’t learn of him sooner! This book swept me away and took me on a beautiful gothic adventure involving a secret library, a mysterious author, murder, and romance. Zafon won me over big time!
Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman (Collaborator)
When I was at uni in Australia, one of my besties gushed about how amazing this book was and since I was a big fan of RHCP and Anthony Kiedis, I was more than willing to read it. I think this was the first non-fiction that I willingly picked up (and wasn’t required reading at school) and even more than 10 years on, I can still vividly remember certain details he shared about the music he wrote and life on the road as a rock star. I was definitely impressed!
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
One of my closest friends on the island recommended this to me after she finished reading it. I borrowed her copy and almost didn’t want to return it! To my delight, one of my besties in India had a rather beaten but well-loved copy and decided to mail it to me as a surprise because she knew how much I loved it after I finished. I have great friends 🙂 This was my introduction to Rainbow Rowell’s books and I haven’t looked back since.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
My best friend recommended this to me while she was also reading it. She did mention how emotionally heavy and depressing it was, but she said it seemed like a book I would enjoy. Then I saw that heart-wrenching cover and I knew I had to pick it up. There are no words to describe what this book did to me. It was an insanely depressing read but these four friends, and Jude especially, took me on a journey through their friendship and lives that I will never forget. No question, this is one of my favorite books of all bookish time!
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Last year I read Conversations with Friends and disliked it so much that I didn’t think I’d ever pick up another book by Sally Rooney. When I finished CwF I went into a hardcore reading slump for several months—it wasn’t a fun time. However, this year a lot of book friends raved about how amazing it was and when a friend told me she really enjoyed it, despite feeling the same way about Rooney’s debut, I decided to give it a go. I’m so glad that I did because it became one of my favorite reads this year. I know both Marianne and Connell will stay with me for a long time!
What are some of your favourite books that were recommended to you? If you’d like to leave me book recommendations of your favourites, I’m always happy to add to more to my never ending TBR 😃