Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
This book did something to me that no book had ever before and has never done since. I read it when I was living in France – I read it all in one go. It’s about 350 pages of pure delight and I could not bring myself to 0ut this book down. It follows a young boy, Oskar, who since his father died in the 9/11 attacks, he has suffered from insomnia, depression, and anxiety. The way it is described in the book is so beautiful. The book is written in his voice. When he’s sad, he calls it having heavy boots and I think that’s just the sweetest thing ever.
One day, he finds a key in his fathers closet and he goes on a mission to find out what it is for. I love this book so much and I’ve lent it to loads of people to read.
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
If you like a book with plot twists, this one will give you more than you can handle. When a catwalk model who has the perfect life is shot in the face, her life changes forever. She becomes a disfigured monster. She meets a trans woman who teaches her how to create a new life. It’s disturbing, wonderful and one of my favorite books.
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkins
This is a book on cosmology that is written in simple terms for people who have not studied the subject, so anyone can understand it. I studied cosmology a lot at university in philosophy. Philosophy of time, religion and the universe were always my favorite topics.
Under the Dome by Stephen King
I read the book when it first came out years ago. I don’t know why I felt compelled to buy the massive book, but I did. It was a pleasure to read. It’s about a small town that gets trapped under some invisible dome. Nothing can get in or out. Although the ending is really poor – the main content of the book is very interesting. As the people in the town are left to fend for themselves, it is an account of how their society survives – or breaks down, when there is no laws, money or anything else.
What’s your favorite book?