I’m the type of person who puts off monthly instalments until the last day of said month, so I hope you forgive me of this villainous act in return for my (hopefully) good book recommendations. You know the drill by now. Step 1: You read the article. Step 2: I bring the proverbial light of good literature into your dusty, cobweb-covered bookshelves. Step 3: You telepathically shower me with gratitude. Step 4: Lather, rinse, and repeat every month.
1. Of Mice And Men
by: John Steinbeck
When to read it: When you’re feeling extra appreciative of your best friend and simultaneously want a book that’ll have your heart ripped open and stomped on a few times.
What it’s about: This controversial novella has been banned in many American public and school libraries, so if you want to be a literary rebel, here’s the book for you. All the fuss surrounding this is due to the fact that it allegedly “promotes euthanasia”, amongst other questionable content, such as racial slurs and vulgar language. However, this story about friendship and the difficulties of the Great Depression is no more vulgar (and has a lot more depth) than rap music on the radio nowadays. This book might be short, but is in no way a light read. Be prepared to sit in silent awe after you’ve finished it.
2. Catch Me If You Can
by: Frank W. Abagnale with Stan Redding
When to read it: When you realize that your own life is too beige and you must read about someone else’s in order to fulfil your yearning for adventure and badassery.
What it’s about: This is Frank W. Abagnale’s memoir, aka this is a true story and you should gasp in horror as you read it because some of the events accomplished seem nearly impossible. His story was popularized with Steven Spielberg’s movie by the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Christopher Walken. The star-studded cast also includes Amy Adams, Martin Sheen, and Jennifer Garner. What was so special about this story that it was made into a movie by one of the best film directors of all time? Well, Abagnale posed as a doctor, lawyer, sociology professor, and Pan Am co-pilot in his brief criminal career as a con man. Oh, and he also cashed over $2.5 million in cheques he forged himself. All before the age of twenty-one. Read the book and find out how he did it, as well as his rather… interesting reason why (hint: he was a teenage boy, and the world is full of rather beautiful women).
3. The Fault In Our Stars
by: John Green
Note: I know you’re probably thinking, “Ew Nina, why would you recommend this??!?! I’m not a lonely teenage girl who needs literature to replace my hopes and dreams of having a boyfriend.” To this I would reply, “Well there are plenty of those out there (Case A: me). Plus, it’s written beautifully.”
When to read it: When you’re sitting in a Kleenex manufacturing plant, because that’s approximately how much tissue paper you’ll need.
What it’s about: I’m sure you’ve all heard about this “teenage cancer book”. Some love it and some hate it, and I’m obviously the former. The Fault In Our Stars is a largely popular novel, as proven when it won the Goodreads Best Young Adult Fiction of 2012. The plot is rather simple: a girl with cancer meets an insanely attractive boy with cancer. They have romantic adventures that induce jealousy amongst single readers and say intelligent things that aforementioned single readers tweet and have tattooed on their body (see below). Then the inevitable “Bad Thing” occurs. Readers cry and drown in their tears. The end.