Must-Read Books.

A dozen books which really touched me:

  1. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) – For you to know how you want to live your life, you should decide on how you would like to die.
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) – How greed and frivolity corrupts pure innocent beauty.
  3. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) – The way kids see life and human nature. A sense of curiosity I would always want to keep. And illustrations that were just naïvely brilliant. 
  4. The Curious Incident of The Dog in Night-Time (Mark Haddon) – Read as a 15-year old autistic boy unfolds the story behind his neighbour’s dog’s death and his very own family. It;s quite sad to listen to the boy have high ambitions of being a scientist simply because he was able to solve the mysterious case of the dog.
  5. Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes) – A sci-fi that tugs your heartstrings as a low-IQ man who successfully became smarter started to see the experiment fail and his intelligence deteriorate right before his eyes.  His own “progress report”s of how he sees the world from a window tug your heart-string as you listen to him talk about how he just wants to work hard so that he can be smart and people will like him.
  6. A Child Called ‘It’ (Dave Pelzer) – how a teacher saves the life of a child who’s being abused and treated like an animal by his own parents.
  7. A Walk to Remember (Nicholas Sparks) – probably the only tweetum love story in this list.
  8. The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova) – a serious piece of literature which foreshadows on Bram Stoker’s Dracula muddles history, reality, and fiction.
  9. Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett) – a tragicomedy that strips down to all sorts of interpretation on life, relationships, religion, and existence.
  10. Tell-Tale Heart (Edgar Allan Poe) – not for the faint-hearted.
  11. Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling) – it’s a I-grew-up-with-him thing. I think only my generation can understand the affinity and attachment we have for Harry, Hermione, and Ron.
  12. The Archies – I’m sorry but this is one hobby I never dumped since I was a kid. Afterall, this is where I learned the words “zit,” “earwax,” and “rendezvous.”

A dozen books I am yet to read:

  1. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  2. Dracula (Bram Stoker)
  3.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
  4. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  5. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
  6.  One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  7. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  8. The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)
  9. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
  10. Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
  11. Ulysses (James Joyce)
  12. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
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