February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Today we celebrate many different kinds of love, but as bookworms, let’s not forget the one love we have in common — our ever-growing love for books. A love that can only be matched by our equally growing to-be-read piles.
Not a lot of people know this, but February 14th is also International Book Giving Day, and to celebrate, we asked a few of our resident bookworms this question: If you were to give a book to three people in your life (a bookworm, a non-reader, and a wildcard), what would they be? Read their answers below!
Ilia says: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A memoir can be the most intimate and moving piece written work you can read. It can have all the narratives elements of fiction, but the power of grounded insights from a life lived.
Abbie says: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I really enjoyed reading Ready Player One. It was a well written book about the past and future mixed together. Meanwhile, Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books. For someone who loves to read, I wonder how can I live in a world without books.
Agnes says: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Danielewski goes beyond the usual writing style and creates a unique reading experience with House of Leaves. Be ready to immerse yourself in their world and to literally, get lost in the pages. Not for the faint of heart!
Lhezca says: Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson
I would like to give Tiger Lily to a fellow book worm. Just so people would know that Peter belonged to Tiger Lily even before Wendy (HA) and also because it will take you to an epic adventure to Neverland while admiring every characters and their complexity. It is a heart-wrenching story that will leave you with nothing but all the feels a person could ever have. After reading this one, I just want to lie alone in my bed and swim in my desperate tears—I badly want more. And I think this book is not only beautifully written but it gets real most of the time. It perfectly shows that love has many faces and it is not always bright. This book won my heart and it’s very easy to love this one.
Denise says: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Bookworm would get Bel Canto because everything about this book is beautiful—the writing, the story, the heartbreak.
Joe says: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
For the bookworm, I’ll give The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. I have always loved that book because of Ira’s love story
Hannah says: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The whole book is made up of letters, so it felt like one long love letter to stories, to writers and readers and publishers and booksellers, to storytellers. This particular quality, that genuine love for books, felt like home. Also, it is such an emotional ride—in a good way. It had me stifling laughter and holding back tears every other page. In public. I can’t really think of anything I dislike about this book, except that it had to end.
Ilia says: Blankets by Craig Thompson
Blankets is the an immersive combination of words and images. Whether you get drawn by the art or by the plot—it’s just a really good, wonderfully heartbreaking story perfect for Valentine’s.
Abbie says: Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
I’ve enjoyed reading this series years ago. It has great characters, and I am just excited that it’s going to be a movie really soon!
Agnes says: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This book is perfect for those who’s looking for a quick but memorable read. Simple but heartwarming, Wonder teaches you the lesson of empathy; it’s the kind of book that will make you want to share it to anyone and everyone.
Lhezca says: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
It’s a book about two misfits who have made a safe place in each other’s. I mean, two misfits trying to survive the cruel world together? THAT’S COOL AND THEY ARE THE DUO THAT I NEED TO SEE IN THE BIG SCREEN. Also, a major plus for me is that there are tons of issue that this book touched so I think it’s a good plot to engage a nonreader and hopefully wake up the sleeping bookworm within. It is quite romantic but not in a sense that it’s too good to be true and yes, this book is tragic and yes, it will leave you crying and yes you’ll ask for more. Come on, we deserve a looonger story and the characters deserve better but we really can’t have it all, can we?
Denise says: The Belgariad by David Eddings
The Belgariad is an accessible epic fantasy. It contains all the adventure and conflicts of these kinds of books but written with (in my opinion) more warmth and humor.
For the non-reader, I’ll give To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because that’s a happily ever after kind of book. Especially, book one. And I’d say to him that, the book is WAY BETTER THAN THE MOVIE.
Hannah says: A few treats from Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book, M Is for Magic, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Good Omens (with the incomparable Terry Pratchett)
For those who are just about to enter the wonderful but inescapable world of reading, I’d have to say that Neil Gaiman is an ideal gateway author. He is, in my opinion, one of the best storytellers of our time. He has probably written something for every kind of reader: he has written children’s books, fantasy books, comics, even a couple of essays. The absurdities in his stories will draw you in, but they’re always grounded on a very human truth, which is what will keep you reading. His writing is accessible, yet still so full of magic, and you will come away feeling a little different, slightly changed, every time. And isn’t that what a good book aims for?
Ilia says: Cooked by Michael Pollan
Everyone who cares about what goes in their bodies should read Michael Pollan’s Cooked. He investigates food with historical, anthropological, and psychological lenses—uncovering what cooking means to us as a species. Get ready to swear off commercial white bread for the rest ofyour life.
Everybody loves Harry. It’s like watching a child grow up as you move to the next book. As for A Game of Thrones, it’s full of complex characters. You love them or you hate them and that is why it’s really good.
Agnes says: Death at Intervals by Jose Saramago
Death at Intervals is a brilliant satire that captures the nature of mortality. It gives a playful yet pragmatic take on the question, what if one day, people suddenly stops dying? What will happen to life insurance? Will religion still be relevant? Saramago takes you to an insightful but humorous journey in answering these questions and more.
Lhezca says: Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
It’s a fantasy YA that leans to the not-so-magical world of mermaids. In this book there’s only one mermaid and he is a he but I love how felt dangerous and safe at the same time. The book also tackles a very controversial topic of this day—LGBTQ. So what’s not to like? I mean the author got fantasy and realness wrapped into one epic story and there are magical fishes, problematic characters (I just love when it when they are troublesome hehehe) and the words, they are beautifully composed. I was left crying after finishing the book and it was hard for me to let go of this one. This is heartbreakingly awesome. This book shattered my heart and I think people should not sleep on this masterpiece.
Denise says: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Wildcard would get would get Murder on the Orient Express. This book is one of the reasons Agatha Christie remains the Queen of Crime 40+ years after her death.
For the wildcard, I’ll give him (yes, I am thinking of a specific someone.), My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. Because, it made me cry. LOL.
Hannah says: Pretty much anything from Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack
I have to admit: I only started reading comics seriously last year, but I dove into the deep end and have not come up for air since. After devouring all the Daredevil comics I could get my hands on, I can say with conviction that Bendis and Mack are nothing short of geniuses in storytelling. They use everything they can on and off the page, really pushing the boundaries of what a story is and what it can be. Particularly captivating is their first arc, Wake Up, which doesn’t even feature Daredevil all that much, but you can really see Bendis’ voice and Mack’s art shine. It’s overwhelming to the senses—in the best possible way. Now they have a creator-owned comic, Cover: a story with many layers that deal with comics, art, and spies. A collected edition will be published in May this year. They use different art styles to tell different parts of the story, and still manage to make it feel whole. It’s an experience that I think people shouldn’t pass up, even if they’re not into comics, or even reading.
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