30 Day Challenge: A Book You Love
Thursday, 8 September 2011
A book I love. Just one? Really? I feel it would be a complete injustice to name only one. So I’m naming 3. Why not? I’ll make it short and sweet.
Survivor: Chuck Palahniuk
Anything by Palahniuk really. Mostly the ones earlier in his career. Survivor is the first of his that I read (back when I was 16, working in a bookstore, and reading everything I could get my hands on) and I was pretty much hooked on his work from there. He’s kind of become like this hipster-author now, which kind of bothers me, but it won’t stop me from recommending some of his work. Invisible Monsters is another favorite.
The Contortionist’s Handbook: Craig Clevenger
This book was epic. You know those books that are so compelling that it leaves you wishing there was more. This is one of those.
The Gargoyle: Andrew Davidson
This is a love story between a disfigured, burn-victim and an obsessive-compulsive, schizophrenic sculptor. It doesn’t end well, but it’s told beautifully.
Are you sensing a pattern here? I like books that are amazingly written, have gripping story lines, and really fucked up characters. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but that’s okay. One of the best things about books is that there is something for all of us. But before you judge me on thinking I only like dark, twisted authors, you couldn’t be more wrong. I read everything from chic lit to self-help books. So there.