For my first blog I decided to make a list of my Top 5 favorite books. It was really hard just to choose five, I mean the list could have been endless. I tried to select the books that have somehow change me in a way, that I feel have an important message and more important, that I can reread a thousand time and not get tired of them.
I want to add that for someone that basically lives out of YA Fantasy, it was a little surprising that none ended in this list. I think I may have to work on YA fantasy or just Young Adult list of its own.
Let’s get started then:
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
Genre: Ghotic Fiction.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of those ‘’classic books’’ that is MUST READ and that you need to have in your bookshelves.
I am a huge Oscar Wilde fan. I have always enjoyed reading his work and writing, and for me this book is a masterpiece. It has become one of those book that, not matter the pass of time, still holds the same impact as it did years ago. It still leaves you with a meaningful message that you can apply nowadays. And, as Wilde perfectly puts in words: “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
“We were like gods at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”
Genre: Historical Fiction.
This book combines two of my favorite things: Greek Mythology and retellings. Madeline Miller takes the Iliad and transforms it into what it feel like a complete new story. And, even though you know how it’s going to end, she still takes you by surprise and breaks your heart.
Another of the things that I love about this book, is Madeline Miller’s writing. It’s beautiful and it manages to transport you to sunny days in ancient Greece, next to a young Achilles and Patroclus discovering their love for each other. I cannot count how many times I had to stop to reread a paraphrase because of how amaze I was.
I highly recommend to read this books as well as Circe by Madeline Miller, she’s one of my favorite authors and I find her interpretations of the old mythologies really refreshing.
“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
My love for fantasy started thanks to Tolkien, so I feel is appropriated to add one of his books to this list.
I love all the LOTR books, but If I have to choose one, it has to be The Hobbit. The story stars by taking you through an adventure in Middle-Earth next to a lovely Bilbo, who has never felt like a more relatable character to me, and suddenly you want nothing more than to take quests to slay dragons, sing with dwarfs and drink wine with elves.
Also, of all the books, I feel is the most easier to read and the perfect introduction to the magical world that is Middle-Earth.
“We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste!”
Genre: Fiction, Romance.
One of the things that I love about this book, is how André Aciman manages to transport you to a hot drunk night in Rome or to a summer morning in a lovely town in Italy. I remember reading and having to stop for a few seconds because a part of me had travel to another continent and was walking next to Elliot and Oliver.
Usually, I’m not a huge fan of romantic stories, specially when there are no other elements to the story, like elves, magic, fights and fantasy in general, so it has to be really well done for me to get hooked enough till the end. However, this story not only achieves to trap me but now I cannot not let it go.
“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
I know this books is not everyones cup of tea, specially because of the way it’s written, but for me that was one of the many reasons why I loved this book. I think it was unique and made the story so much better. Erin Morgenstern writing was really magical and it just made me want to find The Night Circus to spend all night surrounded by the sweet smell of candy and exploring endless magical mazes that look like clouds.
Another thing that I felt was perfectly done, was the love story. The tragedy and romance, the desperations and longings. Again, I’m not that into romance books, it really has to be somethings that feels real for me to commit till the end, but this book meet and surpassed all my expectation by a lot.
Let me know what you think.