So I got an email from one of my readers, Azzy Nagra, asking me to post a YouTube video giving a list of my favorite literary works! Unfortunately, finals are keeping me from doing anything, but I don’t want to leave any of my readers hangin’, so I made time this evening to post a list on my blog instead of YouTube. Azzy also asked me if I liked The Catcher in the Rye and why, so here’s my list and response:
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- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- Pride and Prejudice
- If I Stay
- Bird by Bird
- The Catcher in the Rye
- The Glass Castle
- The Great Gatsby
So this list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of my favorite books, but obviously I love the classics so I’ll talk about a few. The Catcher in the Rye, The Glass Castle, and The Great Gatsby were all books I read as assigned readings in high school. My junior year I read The Glass Castle and at first, I was a bit apprehensive (as I always am with new books) because I wasn’t too sure I liked memoirs. Boy, was I wrong. I had to read this book by a certain date and I ended up finishing it within 12 hours of non-stop reading. The next novel was Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby. This was a class read and up until my English III Lit. class, I had no idea how good this book was. (I know, I suck.) I reread it all the time, I love it so much. ‘Catcher’ was a reading assignment my senior year. To answer my reader’s question:
I loved Holden Caulfield so much because during this time in my high school career, I felt misunderstood and really confused about pretty much everything in my life. While I had goals and dreams and places I wanted to go, I was about to embark on a post-secondary journey unlike any other. My mother was leaving, my routine was changing, and all my friends were going separate ways. Caulfield helped me understand that what I was feeling was normal. Actually, I felt closer to this fictional character than any of the people in my reality. When I become a college professor, I am going to make my class read this (even if they already have) because it literally changed my life.
So, to all my fellow bibliophiles out there, share some of your favorite reads and maybe I’ll post them on here!