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 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 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
to offer life
to drown it away”
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.”
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?
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 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.”
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!