My short list of some of my favorite books ever, in no particular order
  1. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    It may seem like a cop out to start this list with something so cliche, but Lee's first and (almost) only novel is an undeniable masterpiece. I recently read Mockingbird again before starting the follow up, Go Set A Watchman, and Lee's take on racism in the Deep South and an individual's choice to rise above it is just as relevant today as I'm sure it was back then.
  2. 1984 - George Orwell
    Another popular pick. I remember reading it for the first time my freshman year of college and being blown away. I've read it maybe 3 or 4 times since, and with each reading I find something new, a passage or even just a single line, that resonates with me. On a side note, I love novels set in the future. It's always cool and interesting to see how the author builds their own idea of a futuristic world. The future of 1984, obviously, is depressing. BEWARE OF BIG BROTHER!
  3. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
    Palahniuk's scathing critique of the modern materialistic culture is perfect satire. It's dark, twisted, and introspective. Tyler Durden is one of the most badass literary characters of all time, and the twist at the end hits the reader out of nowhere. Plus the film was 👍🏻.
  4. Survivor - Chuck Palahniuk
    I could honestly include Chuck's (I like to think we're on a first name basis) entire collection in this list; he's that good, but I'll cap it at two. Survivor is a tale about a former member of a Creedish death cult recounting his life as his plane is slowly descending into the ocean. It perfectly examines how one's choices can stay with them for their whole lives.
  5. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
    A fascinating story of survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The bond between the father and son in this story is palpable, and it really puts the world into perspective. Anytime I'm feeling overwhelmed or stressed with life, I'll just take out this book and read a few passages, and it reminds me that nothing I'm going through is all that bad. The prose used by McCarthy is so strange yet oddly readable.
  6. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
    A fairly new book, this is by far my favorite WWII novel. I was so happy to see @lindseycornett include this in her list because I feel like it doesn't always get the recognition it deserves. Shines a light on the horrors of war perfectly while also emphasizing the power that human will power, personal morals, and connections we have with each other has to overcome them.
  7. In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson
    I'm fascinated by WWII and all books about it. This one is a non-fiction account, written in narrative form, of an American diplomat's time in Germany as Hitler and the Nazi Party are first coming into power and tightening their grip on Europe. If you enjoy this one, also read Larson's other wonderful book, Devil in the White City.
  8. There's so many more, but I'm at work and my boss is eyeing me down so I'm going to end it there. Peace y'all!!