I regularly see people on Facebook and Twitter requesting book suggestions. I like to think of myself not just as a bookworm, but as a well rounded bookworm. (Isn't that a common delusion, though: "well rounded") So, much like my last blog post, I've compiled a list of books you really should read. And because no one trusts a blind recommendation, I've categorized them for your convenience.
If you like feeling like you just got punched in the stomach by a book. On a side note, just go ahead and tack on everything Franzen has written. But do not read it on an e-reader.
If you want to read a book so intelligently written that you feel like you write at a kindergarten level. Much like the previous selection, please, please, please read every Don DeLillo book. And, as you'll see after three of his books, he is so multi-faceted, that if one of his books doesn't strike your fancy, (I don't see how it couldn't) another one surely will.
If you like feeling guilty about being white, or are black and want to feel really proud. Richard Wright can write a story so compelling and emotional that you are a different person after having read his books. Not many authors can do that.
If you like romance. I probably should add, and you like tragedy.
If you like coming of age novels. And also science fiction.
If you like books about dysfunctional families. Also if you like crying.
If you like reading about psychopaths. And possibly, you really enjoy nightmares.
If you like your history mixed with a side of drama. And you like impressing people at parties with trivia.
If you like exclaiming "WHAAAAAT!" while reading. Also if you like awesome things.
If you want to read my favorite book because you think I'm really awesome.
Now get to reading! And remember, you don't have to take my word for it!