It’s a pretty safe assumption that, to become a writer, one must first love reading. Without much fuss, because all of this is pretty self-explanatory, I present my top five favorite books.
With one of the most iconic opening lines in literature, as well as one of the most memorable ‘declaration of love’ scenes, this is an eternal classic for a reason and anything I have to say about it has probably been said a million times over. Read it, you’ll love it. Best read with tea and sunshine streaming through your window.
Take the OG couple who loves to hate and hates to love, mix in some plotting (some in good fun and some decidedly not), throw in a sheriff that creates more malapropisms than Iggy does recipehs, add in a faked death and you’ve got my all-time favorite Shakespeare comedy. Best read with wine and good company.
(I couldn’t resist.)
Despite loving the movie adaptation, the novella is ten times better. The thought and attention to detail Caspary put into writing makes this one of the best murder mysteries I have ever read. I honestly wish I had read it before seeing the movie. Which I know makes me sound like an obnoxious hipster, but it has nothing to do with being able to say ‘I read the book first’ and everything to do with the fact that your reading experience changes when you already know who the murderer is. Anyway, this is best read on a hazy summer night listening to “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” on repeat.
When Richard Armitage and Daniel Radcliffe both called this one of their favorites, I had to read it. And I fell in love with it. Weird and wonderful, it’s a satirical look at communist Russia in the 1920s. (Which seems a little too relevant at the moment). I had difficulty picking a quote for this post, I adore Bulgakov’s writing style. Though, I perused the reviews on GoodReads and found its more of a polarizing read than I expected. Regardless, love it or hate it, you’ll remember it. Best read with vodka and a black cat.
1.) Good Omens
“It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.”
― Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Where to begin? I’ve read this book an innumerable amount of times, as it features my favorite duo in literature (also where my pseudonym comes from) Crowley and Aziraphale. This slightly edged out “The Master and Margarita” as my first choice, though I couldn’t help but notice both feature satire, witches, and demons. The perfect combination for me, apparently. Best read wrapped up in a tartan blanket while listening to the best of Queen.