Dear Everyone Who Asks Which Books I Love And They Should Read,
As an author, one question I am often asked is why I am wearing leather patches on my elbows. I guess it’s because usually there is a corduroy jacket involved with such a trend, but I prefer to just wear the patches sticky-taped to my skin.
Another question I’m often asked is, “Which books do you recommend I read?” which is a strange question, because taste in books varies wildly, just as taste in elbow patch fashion does.
Alas, I’ve written a book list all the same.
Please be assured I will probably keep adding to it because there is a marked difference between all the books I passionately love and all the books that I passionately love and can remember at this time.
Italian Folktales - Italo Calvino
Le Grand Mealnes - Alain-Fournier
The Elegance of The Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
How To Eat Out - Giles Coren
The Bronze Horseman - Paullina Simons
Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
In fact, any book by David Sedaris
Case Histories (the entire series) - Kate Atkinson
Actually, any book by Kate Atkinson
A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
The Four Hour Work Week - Timothy Ferris
Witches - Roald Dahl
Any and every book by Roald Dahl
A Series of Unfortunate Evens - Lemony Snicket
How To Be A Woman - Caitlin Moran
The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy series - Douglas Adams
Any word ever by Douglas Adams ever written
Focal Point - Brian Tracy
The Stinky Cheese Man - Jon Scieszka
Dave Barry’s Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need - Dave Barry
Any collection of columns by Dave Barry
Some you might vaguely enjoy, some you might spit on, some you might sleep with clutched in your sweaty palms. These books range from those I read as a grubby five year-old, to those I inhaled as a bored 28-year old needing some semblance of romance, even if had to be based in war-torn Russia.
Obviously it would be deeply unstylish to put my own books in the actual list, but they’re definitely in my secret brain list.