Every other Thursday here at the Broke & The Bookish is A Cocktail Conversation time. One of the TB&TB members will pose a question to 2-3 of the other members of TB&TB crew about books, life, music, etc and then they'll answer and we can converse about it. So grab a cocktail & cozy up for some conversation. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, friends.
It's been a while since we've sat down for some cocktails and convo with y'all on a Thursday! Our apologies.
Here's this week's topic:
What is one book you recommend pretty much across the board -- regardless of genre or what the person normally reads?
One book that I usually recommend to people is The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It's a drama, I would say, but also includes hints of science fiction and romance. I adore this book and read it every few years. I'm actually do for a reread now. I love the questions that this book poses on the ramifications of time travel on not just the person time traveling but the people around them. The movie version of this was a disappointment, so if you didnt really like the movie, give this book a chance.
I recommend Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple to anyone at the library who is "looking for a good book" and gives me little to no extra information. It's funny, got a mystery, has broad appeal, plus it's written in emails and documents, as well as being narrated by Bernadette's 14-year-old daughter. Pretty much everyone who has read it that I've talked to has loved it. Bonus: If they liked Where'd You Go, Bernadette and are looking for something else to read, I'll recommend Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia — this one is also a quirky mystery, but set in an old hotel during a major snowstorm that traps the high school chorus and orchestra all-stars (and their teachers/chaperones) who are performing there that weekend.
There are a few books like this, but recently it's been Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You. I feel hypocritical because I always say "this book will make you ugly cry... in a GOOD way" but if someone told me that about a book I probably wouldn't read it, because I generally avoid books that make me cry. But this one was SO WORTH IT and you should read it.
I recommend Ready Player One by Ernest Cline for several reasons. It has that dystopian feel to it that most people are intrigued by these days, but it also tugs at those science fiction heart strings that you didn't even realize you had. The true front-runners of the science fiction genre have set the tone for our future. Just turn on the History Channel or TLC and you come across a documentary about today's society/culture and I can guarantee you someone at one time has written a science fiction novel about that very same topic. Take Arthur C. Clarke for example. He is best known for writing the screenplay for one of the most influential films of all time... 2001: A Space Odyssey. When Clarke was introduced to one of the first computers (which consisted of many gigantic electrical boxes that filled an entire room), Clarke legit predicts the internet and how one day everyone will own a computer that will be drastically smaller where they can look at their bank statements or work from home. SERIOUSLY? Yes, seriously. Look it up. Ernest Cline did not disappoint with this novel as he introduced a new possible future that truly meets the trends our society seems to be following. So just go pick it up. You won't be disappointed.
Tell us, dear book pushers! Which books are ones that you will pretty much recommend universally?
Me Before You by Jojo MoyesReplyDelete
Lately, my go-to book rec has been Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. Thereʻs history, action, fantasy, family, and romance...basically something for everyone!ReplyDelete
This time of year, I find myself recommending Eowyn Ivey's "Snow Child" pretty often - if you're interested, you can read my review of that one here. It's such a magical winter read.ReplyDelete
I do hope you keep going with this Thursday post. I do enjoy reading everyone's answers. My recommendations are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Mao's Last Dancer and 87 Charing Cross Road. You can read why I chose these here....come visit as I enjoy visiting back on your own blogs. Keep the conversations going.ReplyDelete
Ohhh, now I want to reread The Time Traveller's Wife. I loved that book a LOT and used to recommend it all the time. But now it's Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.ReplyDelete
OMG all these books sound awesome!! Personally, the book I recommend to literally everyone is CODE NAME VERITY. It's a slower read in the beginning, but it is SO IMPORTANT. Everything in it is gold. And oh God it's so sad but so worth it. <3ReplyDelete
Sierra, I listened to Code Name Verity and it broke my heart, but I do recommend that one especially to anyone who has been of fan of last year's The Nightingale.Delete
My go to recommendation is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I've gotten men & women to read it. And IMO, it fits a lot of genres so it is an easy go to recommendation.