Fiction Recommendations (From Someone Who Doesnt Read Fiction)

If you find me reading a book, chances are it's nonfiction. That said, here are some works of fiction I have greatly enjoyed
  1. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
    Happy 20th anniversary to a work that will resonate with and feel eerily familiar to any young person living in LA - doubly for those who grew up here.
  2. ᴉʞsʍǝlǝᴉuɐp ʞɹɐW ʎq sǝʌɐǝ˥ ɟo ǝsnoH
    ˙slɐɔol ∀˥ ɥʇᴉʍ ǝʇɐuosǝɹ oslɐ llᴉʍ puɐ 'ƃuᴉʎɟᴉɹɹǝʇ 'ƃuᴉʇɐʌᴉʇdɐɔ sᴉ (¿) uoᴉʇɔᴉɟ ɟo ʞɹoʍ sᴉɥʇ 'ʇɹɐ lɐnsᴉʌ ʇɹɐd 'lǝʌou ʇɹɐd
  3. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Vonnegut is deserving of all the praise and recognition that his work and character have received. I wouldn't remove a single word from this novel, it's perfectly crafted.
  4. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
    There's a section where the character Reiko cautions against having natural talent for playing the piano for what is most needed to accomplish great things is not talent but the ability to practice. Nothing has ever hit me harder than these few paragraphs; I felt as though Murakami were writing directly to me.
  5. Tenth of December by George Saunders
    The Greats make it look easy, and after finishing this collection of short stories you assume it was just that: easy. But when you can't stop thinking about every story and every character, when you realize that through these deceptively simple shorts, Saunders has planted seeds that will blossom into the most intense feelings of sadness, triumph, and fear, you realize that Saunders is indeed a Great and to craft such incredible stories is anything but easy.