books i’ve thoroughly enjoyed during my twenty year old lifetime:

  • kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami
  • the catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger
  • a wrinkle in time by Madeleine L’Engle  –  the entire series is great
  • if on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
  • the new york trilogy by Paul Auster
  • lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • a handful of time by Kit Pearson
  • peak by Roland Smith
  • the mysterious benedict society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • the old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • the sense of an ending by Julian Barnes
  • beloved by Toni Morrison
  • einstein’s dreams by Alan Lightman
  • empire falls by Richard Russo
  • slaughterhouse five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • mood indigo by Boris Vian (also a cool movie)
  • the great divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • east of eden by John Steinbeck
  • nothing to envy by Barbara Demick
  • the watsons go to birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • pride and prejudice by Jane Austen
  • sailing alone around the room by Billy Collins
  • a perfect day for a bananafish by J.D. Salinger
  • (if you want the shortlist, click here)

as I keep reading, I’m finding it more difficult to find a book in which I can fully absorb myself into. I guess that’s why some of these books listed are from my elementary school days where all I did was just enjoy and immerse myself into that world. some of these books are new; some are classics; all but two are fiction. they may not be the most insightful or most academic and it’s not a comprehensive list by any means, but they’re all stories that i have some sentimental memory of.

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