Tired of getting lost for months in literary tomes that never cease to end? Maybe you want to spend one winter day drinking hot cider and reading, but what could you read in just one day? Here are some suggestions.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
The most well-known of Palahniuk’s work was made into a successful film, directed by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. But before people started quoting the rules of Project Mayhem, there was this novel, Palahniuk’s debut. While I would suggest many (though not all) of his stories as prime reading material, I would say: Start with Fight Club.
Chuck Palahniuk’s outrageous and startling debut novel that exploded American literature and spawned a movement. Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with white-collar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius, and it’s only the beginning of his plans for violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world.
It’s an easy, fast-paced read that sucker-punches you every page.
The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo
The Alchemist reads like an epic legend, something you may have found written in stone. Though its themes of fate, religion, and destiny are very overt, what the book says is profound.
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.
The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
This book will break your heart. Open its pages and expect to spend all day and night reading until you’re finished.
offers a unique perspective. but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
since its publication, stephen chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over a million copies in print, and inspired a major motion picture.
the perks of being a wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. the world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. of sex, drugs, and the rocky horror picture show.
of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates
For if you want to stay up all night.
Oates’ stories, they slide underneath your skin, disturb you from the inside. Before you even realize it, the story has found its way to the dark and lurid parts of your brain. After reading Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? I sought out a novel by Oates, and one of the novels was Beasts. At 7 pm, I began reading, and I did not stop until around 4 in the morning. The book’s subtle suspense drew me in all night, and thought this book is lesser known than the others, I highly suggest it.
A young woman tumbles into a nightmare of decadent desire and corrupted innocence in a superb novella of suspense from National Book Award–winner Joyce Carol Oates. Art and arson, the poetry of D. H. Lawrence and pulp pornography, hero-worship and sexual debasement, totems and taboos mix and mutate into a startling, suspenseful tale of how a sunny New England college campus descends into a lurid nightmare.
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