7 Books I Cannot Stop Thinking About

7 Books I Cannot Stop Thinking About

Recently, a friend of mine asked me what qualifies a book to become a favorite for me. Immediately, I answered with stating that it needs to be so good that I cannot stop thinking about it, even weeks after. Also, I need to feel like I can easily read it again and again without becoming bored of it. In some instances, the book itself might not even be that good, but needs to have some sort of impact and/or the things I’m going through in life at the moment of reading it. So today I want to introduce you to 7 books, which do fall into exactly this category, thus making them some of my all-time favorite books.

7 Books I Cannot Stop Thinking About

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life instantly became a favorite. When I started this book I was utterly afraid of being disappointed because of all the hype around it. However, I absolutely loved it. It was heart-breaking in every way possible and yet I cannot stop thinking about it and wish I could read it again as soon as possible. The characters were all so incredibly well composed – especially Jude – and the story itself wrenched my heart, disgusted me and made me feel like no other book before did. If you’re a bit squeamish and easily triggered (self harm, abuse, rape!!) you might steer clear of this masterpiece – in any other case, definitely a must-read!

“…things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.”

Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk & Honey was the first poetry book I didn’t buy for university. And I really enjoyed it. I must admit that I’ve started being into poetry due to one of my courses at uni. However, no poem I ever read (except the “not all that glitters is gold, not all those who wander are lost” part in LOTR) made me relate so much as this collection did. When I bought this booklet I first was anxious I might have spent the money for nothing as it’s quite short. However, I’ve been carrying with me and re-reading my favourite poems for the past couple of weeks.

“i am water
soft enough
to offer life
tough enough
to drown it away”

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

I think after TFIOS we all realized how heart breaking and tear jerking cancer stories in literature can be. The best (and worst) thing I’ve read so far, however, most certainly is When Breath Becomes Air. Kalanithi’s memoir reads so easily and yet manages to hit you where it hurts the most. The transition between doctor’s to patient’s perspective is so rewarding and insightful – I cannot stop thinking about this sad story, that got turned into a lecture so beautiful, it can make future doctors understand their patients more deeply and give us non-medicine-students an insight into the struggle of both, cancer patients and their doctors.

“You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

What striked me most about The Secret History was the macabre topic that was so utterly beautiful wrapped in poetry and prose. The interweaving of classical antiquity and a modern fate is done so remarkably unique and well. Even more than a year after first having read this book I have to go back to certain parts of the story and read them again. Starting this, I never expected to like it as much as I did. Yes, it’s huge – but also so very beautiful that it’s absolutely worth it powering through.

“It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Everyone knows about The Great Gatsby – don’t we? I have first read the book for a class at university (in which I had to analyse the books in terms of the male gaze / male narrator on the reader) and immediately fell in love. I adore the writing style and setting. However, I also really like the characters and I think that no other book had such a big impact on me and my writing as The Great Gatsby did. Probably my all time favorite book and certainly a must-read for each and every one.

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

The Alchemist was my favorite of Coelho’s works, even though, to be fair all of his books are profound and inspiring. This one did have the most of an impact on me, however. Not only is the story super interesting and inspiring, each and every page can be turned into a motivational poster, too. Coelho manages to create books that are so beautifully written and still give you the agency you need to live the best life possible!

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 

On to a completely different read now – Big Magic, the bible for writers and creative people all over the world. Liz Gilbert is an absolute hero and a real life #girlboss. With sharing her secrets to living a creative life and making the best out of the gifts given to you, she made my life so much better. While reading this book, I was constantly nodding my head. So true, so inspiring and yet cut so down to the point. SO GOOD!

“So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”

Are there any books you cannot stop thinking about and want to share? I’d love to hear about your favorites!

 

22 Comments

  1. 6th April 2017 / 9:57 am

    Toller Blogpost und interessante Buch Empfehlungen, Kerstin ☺️🙏. Vielleicht sollte ich mich jetzt auch endlich mal an “The Alchemist” wagen 🙈.
    Liebe Grüße
    Marcel

    • 6th April 2017 / 11:06 am

      Oh mach das auf jeden Fall! So ein tolles Buch :)

    • 6th April 2017 / 11:05 am

      Oh yes, Gatsby is such an amazing book, isn’t it? And you definitely gotta get your hands on Milk and Honey.

  2. 6th April 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Was für ein toller Post! Ich liebe deine Posts über Bücher und freue mich jedes Mal, wenn ein neuer online ist :) The Great Gatsby werde ich definitiv bald lesen – bis jetzt habe ich nur in der Schule im Englisch-Unterricht den Film gesehen, aber den fand ich schon wunderschön und das Buch ist mit Sicherheit auch. :) “A Little Life” kannte ich bis jetzt noch nicht, hört sich aber auch richtig gut an!
    Liebe Grüße,
    Svenja

    • 6th April 2017 / 12:22 pm

      Oh ich liebe den Film – einer meiner absoluten Lieblinge :D A Little Life ist wirklich ein wundervolles Buch! Ich freu mich btw riesig über dein Feedback :)

  3. 6th April 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I really like your reasoning for what constitutes a favorite book and judge mine on the same principles! I feel like my favorite books have changed, or I guess I no longer find meaning in them like I used to. But I’ve also grown as a person, and a lot of my “old favorites” from high school or college no longer mean that much to me. A few of these would be Choke, 1984, Brave New World, The Beautiful and Damned…but maybe I need to reread them to decide. The Bell Jar is definitely still a favorite, but other than that nothing really sticks out.

    The Secret History is on my TBR! One of my goals for 2017 is to read 12 books so hopefully I find some new favorites :)

    http://www.insearchofsheila.com

    • 11th April 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Oh I went through the same thing. When I look back at what I shelved as a favorite book a couple of years back I cannot relate any longer. Now I focus more on a deep moral embedding, as well as beautiful language.
      Definitely need to check out your recommendations – Beautiful and Damned is on my TBR list as well.

  4. 7th April 2017 / 8:55 am

    Milk & Honey wollte ich mir letztens bei Thalia kaufen, aber mir war die Schlange an der Kassa zu lang. The Great Gatsby habe ich auch gelesen, es war zwar eines der schwierigsten Bücher, und auch das erste Buch, bei dem ich mir beim lesen schwer getan habe, aber ich liebe es. Ich könnte es immer wieder lesen! The Alchemist ist das Lieblingsbuch von meinem Freund, und ich hab ihm auch versprochen, es zu lesen!
    Wie gesagt, bei wir wäre The Great Gatsby auch auf der Liste!

    Liebe Grüße,
    Tamara | brunettemanners.at

    • 11th April 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Oh du musst dir Milk & Honey auf jeden Fall noch mal genauer ansehen. Das Buch ist so unglaublich gut – ich liebe liebe liebe die Gedichte daraus.
      Den Alchemisten solltest du wirklich lesen – so toll.

  5. 7th April 2017 / 12:56 pm

    “Ein wenig Leben” wird momentan ja von allen Seiten gelobt. Irgendwann muss ich es auch noch lesen.
    Übrigens liebe ich deine Ausgabe von “The Great Gatsby”! <3

    • 11th April 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Musst du auf jeden Fall. Ich liebe das Buch!

  6. 9th April 2017 / 7:17 pm

    Ooh I need to check A Little Life out – it sounds beautiful!

    I love The Secret History SO much. I’ve read it so many times and yet it always manages to surprise me and make me like it even more. I feel like going to read it again right now, actually haha… x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • 11th April 2017 / 6:56 pm

      It’s an amazing book, isn’t it?

  7. 10th April 2017 / 11:23 am

    Mein Herz macht immer einen großen Sprung, wenn ich sehe, dass du einen neuen Book Post online gestellt hast. LOVE IT! Ein wenig schmunzeln musste ich ja schon, als ich deine Liste gesehen und dann die Beschreibungen durchgelesen habe. Meiner Meinung nach passt jedes dieser Bücher wie die Faust aufs Auge zu dir und man hat sie öfters als andere auf Instastories gesehen ;)
    The Big Magic war ja das Buch, wodurch du mich wieder in den Lesefluss gebracht hast. Ich hüte ihn wie einen Schatz!
    The Great Gatsy… da gibt es glaub ich nicht viel zu sagen außer: LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    Erwähnt habe ich meine Lieblinge sicherlich schon, aber aufhören, darüber zu reden kann ich nicht: Anne Rice ist und bleibt für immer meine Lieblingsautorin, ganz besonders das Buch “Blut und Gold” von ihr das ich damals mit 14 Jahren regelrecht verschlungen habe!

    Ganz liebe Grüße
    Alina :*
    http://www.blackbeachchair.com

    • 11th April 2017 / 6:53 pm

      Awww wie lieb. Das freut mich richtig richtig richtig zu lesen du cutie :*
      Das Buch schau ich mir auf jeden Fall an – danke für den Tipp!

  8. 11th April 2017 / 9:31 am

    Nice touch adding some quotes! One of the book I always recommend is The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker :) I still cannot get over how good it is!!

    Caterina | http://www.caterinasosso.com

    • 11th April 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Oh I’ve never even heard of that one but I’ll definitely have a look at it ;)

  9. 12th April 2017 / 9:34 am

    Liebe Kerstin, schöner Post. Ich kann deine Liebe zu “The Great Gatsby” und dem “Alchemist” nur teilen. :-)
    Alles Liebe
    Marcel
    http://www.marsilicous.com

    • 12th April 2017 / 10:31 am

      Oh vielen lieben Dank Marcel. Das sind auch grandiose Bücher!

  10. 20th April 2017 / 12:42 am

    Great post! I need to get back into my reading!

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