World Book Day

It’s World Book Day, so I’m going to celebrate by putting forth a list of five books I think are great reads. Enjoy!

1. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

I cannot over-recommend this book. Helen Fielding gives Bridget such a spectacular, unique voice. I don’t usually laugh out loud at books, but this is one of the few, true gems of comedic fare. Characters are all absolutely A+, all totally wacky and normal at the same time. Bridget herself is so dysfunctional in her musings, ramblings, worries and hopes that she ends up just being very, very real. Which is, after all, the books biggest asset.

2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This lady is absolutely excellent at creating a world where the familiar rules of society as we know it fade. In The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood shows the reader a glimpse into the life of a woman whose past we never truly know, living in a changed society that we don’t learn the secrets of, in a world where something has happened that is never revealed to its fullest extent. Thrilling, unsettling and thought provoking.

3. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Honestly, anything by David Sedaris is lovely. And I’m not being facetious. He is always funny. Sometimes his essays are emotional, sometimes they are silly and sometimes they are very intelligent, but there is always the perfect amount of humor to tie the stories together. He is a genius, and I accept no other descriptor.

4. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Coolest, saddest book ever. Ishiguro works magic with his words. Stunning to the very end.

5. Candide by Voltaire

Great for some 18th century French fun. Plenty of versions in English so everybody can join in on the party. Fortunately -or rather, unfortunately – many of the satirized subjects are still around, so you’ll still understand each little zinger you laugh at.

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