Go Book Yourself: Dan’s All-Time Top 5 Books
To celebrate hitting 100,000 followers on Tumblr, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Dan’s picks:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for the oft-imitated, never bettered story of a teenager fighting against the hypocrisy of adulthood.
A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan for a deeply affecting, interweaving collection of stories that show how time catches us all.
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt for the tragicomic tale of hitmen on the trail of a bounty. Cormac McCarthy meets the Coen Brothers.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson for one of the great voices of 20th century literature in his prime.
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill for a profound, hilarious, and heartbreaking series of dispatches from the front line of a marriage.
Dan is the Editor of Go Book Yourself. He writes fiction, and is a Staff Writer at BuzzFeed. You can find him on Twitter here.
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Go Book Yourself: Anna’s All-Time Top 5 Books
We hit 100,000 followers on Tumblr! To celebrate, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Anna’s picks:
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, the book that changed my life. You can see the film I made about it for the Baileys Prize here.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton for a book that entranced and delighted me. It both celebrates and challenges what a novel can do.
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman for a trilogy that inspired, challenged and moved me as a child and adult.
The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro for my favourite book from my favourite author. Bizarre and lyrical, it’s utterly unique.
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger for two stories that provoked me to think about what I wanted out of life and my favourite of Salinger’s works.
Anna is the Recommendations Editor at Go Book Yourself. She also writes about books for The Bookseller and Elle UK. Find her on Twitter here.
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The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger (Jan 1, 1919 - Jan 27, 2010)
Happy birthday, Mr. Salinger! For more unique teen characters fighting the phoniness of the adult world, try these…
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer for a real-life Holden who went in search of adventure and a meaningful life, and the decisions that led to his death
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis for a teen struggling not to lose himself in the nihilism, excess, and emptiness of 1980s Los Angeles
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes for two witty female characters at odds with vapid ‘90s culture, who drift apart as they transition into adulthood
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre for a hapless teen swept up in a Texas school massacre - a satirical, blackly comic critique of modern America
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