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My Favorite Books

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Oh, books. You come in multiple platforms. Hardcopy, pdf, and ebook. There are so many of you that it’s inconceivable to even make such a goal. I’ve seen book recommendations before, but some of them were generally classics. I was never really a fan of old classics or young adult fiction, so here are some books you may enjoy if you fall in the same category. (no spoilers will be revealed)

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury. An amazing dystopian novel of a firefighter who fights against a society that enables censorship.

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell. A non-fiction book where Gladwell discovers why certain people do well in a certain field. This book truly makes you think about how hard you must work in order to reach your dreams. It’s made a lasting impact on me and even made me do better in my schoolwork.

Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller. A play that discusses the true meaning around “The American Dream” by portraying a family with a different resolves and issues of their own. It’s short and could be read in less than a week. It made a lasting impact on me on realizing how do I differentiate on what my dream is and what other people may tell me to do.

Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut. One of my favorite books. I wish I could write a description but the only way to understand the novel (or any of Vonnegut’s writings) is to just pick up the book.

Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami. Murakami is a famous Japanese author that is popular not only in Japan but also in the United States. This particular and like many of his other books intertwine mysticism into reality. There are two points of view in this story. Each chapter alternates between the voice where they eventually intertwine and become the same story.

After Dark – Haruki Murakami. A lot different from Kafka on the Shore because it does not have two different perspectives. Rather, the main character goes on an adventure throughout the night. There is some type of mysticism in the story because certain chapters take place in a dream-like setting.

Here are some of my recommendations! These books are a great starting point if you want to read something that is understandable but also makes you think. As much as I love classics, it is difficult for me to read them for leisure since they just remind me of school. Reading is one of my favorite past times whenever I have a break during school or if I just need a break from, well, life. Please buy or better yet see if they have these books at your local library!

Words by Jen // Photography by Grecia V.

© 2015 Reef Magazine


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