10 Favorite Books

Many people have been saying they’re bored, twiddling their thumbs, feeling restless. I find myself restless with feelings related to confinement, but not necessarily boredom. My daughter has been keeping me plenty busy–there’s been a lot more cooking, washing dishes, cleaning, teaching, engaging, etc. and I kind of miss having my own time in the mornings. Nevertheless, I will share some of my favorite (fiction) books because you may be in search of a good read or an escape during this isolated time.

A side note: My favorite genres are comedy/satire and mystery, with well-written prose. There are many books that are quick and entertaining, but not necessarily well-written. My favorite books lean more towards classics and dense material. If you find yourself cooped up indoors without work or kids hanging onto your ankles, here are my recommendations:

  • A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz: Laugh-out-loud funny
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: Another funny one, and original
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle: Pick any story, any volume; they’re all so good.. and unexpectedly humorous
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas: Thrilling
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: Nostalgic
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens: Considered Dickens’s best by some, and somewhat relatable to current times (amidst epidemics), and detective work for the reader (following characters, plots/subplots)
  • A Lover’s Discourse by Rowland Barthes: Heartfelt, metacognitive
  • The Collected Stories by Amy Hempel: Perfectly written endings
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Thought-provoking, not as dense as his other novels
  • (Poetry) The Art of Drowning by Billy Collins: True to life poems

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