books I love and keep reading over and over

This one is for the book lovers like me.

Now, I have many books that I consider my favourite- let’s be honest, that is almost every book that I read- but here are five of them. Maybe I will tell you about the others later.

At the top of this list is The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer. I first heard of this book through a friend who was reading it and I knew I had to get a copy. I found a copy one day at a street book vendor and was elated. It is about a young boy who was raised by the local. The local here represents all the men that shaped his childhood, in the absence of his father, from his Uncle Charlie, to his grandfather and to Steve who owned the local and who everyone called Chief. This is also the book that gave us Chief & Chiefess; a story for another day. It is about the coming of age of a young boy.

Next in line is a book I have loved and I love dearly as it has taught me so much about life. I read about The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran in another book, loved the quotes mentioned and immediately got myself a copy. This is a book that helped put lots of things in perspective for me especially because I first read it at an age where I was questioning and re-learning everything. The Prophet is by a Lebanese artist and writer and touches on almost all fundamentals of life; love, prayer, joy, marriage, religion, teaching, happiness, death, pleasure. This is a book, together with Random Essays on This Thing called god and The Power of Your Sub-conscious Mind, that has greatly shaped the person I am today. I like recommending it to people after quoting it severally in a conversation. It is an easy book to read and written in a very beautiful poetic way. If you only get one book among this five, this my friends IS the book.

Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul  is a book I discovered a long time ago when I had just finished Secondary School and I still love it. My go-to book when I want a good laugh. Let’s talk about V.S. Naipaul first, how great is this writer! Tell me you have read him. Absolutely love his writing. Start with Miguel Street and then go look for A House for Mr. Biswas, you will love it. This is a book written in a short story format and introduces us to people living in Miguel Street from Popo the Carpenter who makes a thing without a name, to Manman and Hat. These people are far from crazy, you will love them. This is the book that had me attempt to write my first novel at a tender age when I thought that my book would win me a Pulitzer. A girl can dream, can’t she? Don’t ask what happened to that book.

Haruki Murakami is an author I discovered in the recent past. I went on a reading marathon and read almost all his work. My favourite so far is Norwegian Wood. A book about a boy and a girl and their best friend who dies. It is about solitude and loneliness and loss and love. It is a book that got me interested in Japan, still planning that trip, and also got me into walking. At some point when Toru and Naoko could not communicate they talked in steps; walked miles and miles in the streets of Tokyo, Naoko walking a few steps ahead the only thing marking her presence in the crowded street her back that guided Toru ahead. A book you want to read.

Finally, a book that reminded me of The Tender Bar when I read it. I was gifted this book late last year by a friend of mine after moving to a new city. I immediately shelved it and only picked it up last month. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt . My God! What a book! This is a book about childhood, it is very much how I would like to document my own childhood. Written in a style that I love, McCourt expresses even the supposedly mundane details of his Irish Childhood. There is poverty, a father who loves his drink but there is also love and family. This book will have you in tears galore, yes I found his use of this word hilarious, funny and yet very familiar. Two of the people I recommended this book to loved it. I am rereading it at the moment, never mind I just got myself some new reads.

There you have it. Five of my fave books. What are your absolute fave books?

J.

 

 

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