If you’re interest in the literature I enjoy and hope to one day emulate, I have complied a list of my favorite books. This will actually be two separate list of five. The first five will be novels in no specific order and the next five will be poetry books in no particular order.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
This book is an adventure for everyone. The Alchemist talks about chasing dreams, family myths, personal legends, hidden spirit of the world. I see myself in Santiago. His story is a strong message of what we can truly achieve and how the universe conspires to fulfill our greatest aspirations.
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans in the early twentieth century. This is a great piece of literature that I’m interest me; including black nationalism, the relationship between black identity and Marxism, as well as issues of individuality and personal identity.
The Picture of Dorian Gray -Oscar Wilde
The style and elegance of Oscar Wilde has drawn me to this book again and again. The Picture of Dorian Gray certainly has references to vibes Greek mythical figure Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection. It is a cautionary tale of priorities and values. I vividly remember page after page being captivated by the vulnerability of the story, and how fantastically strange and haunting it was.
No Country For Old Men – Cormac McCarthy
Cormac does not mince words when it comes to his stylish and lean book No Country For Old Men. Of course I also love the film, but the description used in the book is unparalleled. His incite into the mind of a psychopathic murder is genius. Along with his description of an over the hill sheriff, and a ex-military solider, his gritty characters makes for a compelling read.
The Shining – Stephen King
I don’t know what I can say about The Shining that hasn’t already been said. Stephen King has raised the bar for all thrillers before him, and set the tone for anything parading as a thriller in current time. This is a transcendent and creative piece, that will leave your pages crinkled with tears and your house echoing with screams.
The Rose That Grew from Concrete – Tupac Shakur
Growing up listening to rap & hip hop, being a big fan of Tupac, I was pleasantly surprised when I found his poetry book. He was defiantly one of the first male poets that made me proud to write poetry.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
I could put anything by Maya Angelou on this list. Only she could fill up all five slots but I am trying to be kind to my other influences and idols. In this collection Angelou confronts her own turbulent childhood with dignity and compassion. She illuminates loneliness, bigotry, and the world with wonder and wordplay like no other. She is my favorite poet of all time.
No Planet Strikes – Josh Bell
Witty, modern, contemporary, diverse, funny, weird, strange, an amusing national treasure. No Planet Strikes is worth every poet checking out. Thank you Josh Bell for just being you.
The Sonnets – William Shakespeare
Still to this day no one writes a love pome like the Great William Shakespeare. With this selection I’m sure my hopeless romantic is swooning inside.
Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
My book is still full of tears to this day. Rupi you have my heart and I write in part because of you.