noodlebuddies answered your question: what are some of the best books out there?
Life of Pi, Peony in Love, The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, Frankenstein, Angela’s Ashes, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Alchemist
I’ve read Life of Pi (and loved it, it was one of my favorite books for a while), I’ve heard of a few other of those, we’re reading Frankenstein right now and I’m actually really enjoying it???? and I’m not going to read Memoirs of a Geisha because of this
I put Frankenstein in there as a joke because I don’t like it at all.
And I never knew that about Memoirs of a Geisha! Definitely changes my opinions about the author, but it’s a good read. I just treat it as entirely fiction. Like, I understand that he’s misrepresenting the culture and the consequences that can have, but it is a work of fiction. I know that it’s not accurate, but I don’t let the inaccuracies get in the way of the story itself. I’m not trying to force you to read it. I just thought it was well-written.
You also might want to skip Peony in Love if you’re not into romance/love. It’s not a major component of the story, but it isn’t central to the plot. That doesn’t make sense if you haven’t read it. It’s really good. Along with all of the other books by Lisa See. Snowflower and the Secret Fan is another of my favorites.
aww thanks for trusting my recommendations! I’ve read so many books that this list barely scratches the surface of my favorites. I need to walk through our house and look at all our bookcases and write down everything I’ve read and/or liked. That’ll be my project one day.
I knew you hated Frankenstein. Everybody knows you hate Frankenstein. But I’m not even kidding here I finished volume 1 and I kind of like it, in a sort of oh my god are you serious because this is fucking delightful sort of way
I’ve actually wanted to read Memoirs of a Geisha for a long time and I saw that and it sort of put me off. But! I read tons of stuff written by Orson Scott Card and I actively dislike that guy, so I know I’m capable of compartmentalizing there, so I do think I might read it. I’d then also want to also read Geisha, A Life by the woman on which Memoirs was based.
I’m ok with romance and love in stories when it’s used as a component of coming-of-age and self-realization and stuff, I mostly just don’t like stories that are solely about two lovers. I might check out more Lisa See books then? idk
that should be your project! give me lots of titles of books, I have plenty of time and I read pretty fast so I’d like to read lots of things, even if they’re not particularly suited to my tastes.