As someone who’s on the hunt for new writing materials, searching for things that inspire myself and other’s, and of course, trying to expand my reading palette I love when strangers, family, and friends share their favorite books 1. It allows me to get to know them a little more and 2. I get to hear about new books that I might want to read. Check out The Five Books Recommended By My Friends
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Summary: Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut’s) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden. via Goodreads
Recommended: The book spoke to me on a deeper level, felt like someone understood what I was dealing with during a difficult time in their life. #MentalIllness
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua
Summary: Meet Victorian London’s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer, and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage’s plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. via Amazon
Recommended: Educational, fun, and it takes you on an unforgettable adventure, reminds them of an older Captain Underpants, and it’s also a graphic novel (that’s a PLUS)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Summary: The Night Circus is a feast for the senses, a fantasia of magic, mischief and love, an extraordinary blend of fantasy and reality that will dazzle readers young and old.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. via Goodreads
Recommended: Great visualization of the circus, humorous, it takes you on an adventure of a lifetime, it’s very abnormal but likable. It’s a book that one can’t describe “You have to read it and see”
Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
Summary: These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the hugely popular young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us. They document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life. Oh and they are totally not autobiographical. At all. Goodreads
Recommended: Loved it! “Adulting”
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Summary: In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.
Recommended: It’s rare that a book makes me laugh out loud. Loads of quotable quotes, some cringe-worthy moments, and plenty of feels
Hope you enjoyed this list, please look forward to the next list. Also, what some books you’d recommend?