1. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (1961)
I love this book. If there are two characters who I relate to, one is Holden Caulfield. Which is weird because I am a 20 some year old who should not be that moody. But, I sort of explained that earlier in the year. And, I do want to catch people/kids before or during the fall off the cliff. I first read The Catcher in the Rye after years and years of people saying that it was banned. It was not an instantaneous love. It was one which was cemented in this last rereading. Now, I reread The Catcher in the Rye for that Contemporary Literature class. I caught somethings that I missed in the first reading. Yet, I still love this book.
2. Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger (1961)
Franny is one of the most relatable characters in literature to myself. If I would want someone to really get me, I would give them these to books. I am more of a Franny than a Holden. I read Franny and Zooey right after reading The Catcher in the Rye and maybe before Bright Lights, Big City. It was just a coincidence that I was in the middle of a production while reading it. I reread it to do a comparison to The Catcher in the Rye. While looking, there is definitely a Hindu/Buddhist vibe yet there are also these profound moments that seem to promote Christianity.
3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (2008)
This book was introduced to me by a fellow English major a couple of years ago. This English major also introduced me to Bollywood, so she has amazing taste. It narrated by a young girl who is going to commit suicide and a concierge who is more than who she seems. They become friends through a mutual friend. I actually reread this one because I was going to rate it on Goodreads and you need a fresh reading to rate things properly on Goodreads. I got more out of the second reading than the first, which I think is typical of any book.
4. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman (1973)
I first ran across the movie in
eighth seventh grade. Yet in high school, I ran across the book. It is set up as a fairy tale written by a 16th century writer with Goldman’s commentary throughout. This is partially confusing yet so much more effective than just telling the story. Again, Goodreads brought the two of us together. I reread the book and enjoyed it more knowing that my copy of movie the was safely tucked away in my room. For those who have watched the movie and not read the book, the action from the fairy tale is pretty much the same.