I meant to blog about podcasts and booktubing today, but I’ve suddenly become a little busier, so I’m postponing.
Last month I fell into the soft cocoon of YA literature, a well needed emotional comfort blanket and barrier to life. This craving for a YA sanctuary got me thinking about the way I read, which I have found fall into three categories. While books in these categories can and do overlap, I find these are distinctions I read by in relation to how I am feeling.
These are my emotional go-tos, the books that remind me of how I have felt and articulate how I can feel. They probably won’t teach me anything I don’t already know, deep down anyway, but they will remind me that happiness exists and that I am not alone in my sea of confusing emotions. These are the books I do not want to discuss, they are so much a part of how I feel that to share them would lessen the feeling that they are special. I’ll recommend them for broken hearts or damaged souls. My cynical side hates me at these very moments, it’s a reminder that sometimes I need to be happy.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Fanirl by Rainbow Rowell
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Somnambulist by Essie Fox
These are the books I read when I want to feel as if I have learnt something new; books that will expand my mind and thrust me into a world of colour. They are the books I want to analyse, to think about for years to come; they improve me as a person and make me want to tell everyone to read them so they can watch the fireworks explode like I did. Predominantly they will be fiction, or autobiographical/memoirs.
The Reader by Bernhard Shink
Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation by Molly Haskell
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Even though I am no longer a student I enjoy reading books on an academic level, these will be non fiction books covering topics that, while still reading for an element of fun, am mainly reading for the knowledge I will glean from them. I try and read books on subjects or topics that I have not studied before.
When Hollywood Was Right by Donald T. Critchlow
The Compatibility Gene by Daniel M. Davis
Fifty Shades of Feminism
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson