A dozen books which really touched me:
- 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.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) – How greed and frivolity corrupts pure innocent beauty.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Walk to Remember (Nicholas Sparks) – probably the only tweetum love story in this list.
- The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova) – a serious piece of literature which foreshadows on Bram Stoker’s Dracula muddles history, reality, and fiction.
- Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett) – a tragicomedy that strips down to all sorts of interpretation on life, relationships, religion, and existence.
- Tell-Tale Heart (Edgar Allan Poe) – not for the faint-hearted.
- 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.
- 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:
- The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
- Dracula (Bram Stoker)
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
- Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
- Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
- One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
- Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
- The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)
- Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
- Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
- Ulysses (James Joyce)
- Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)