If you had to suggest 3 of these to someone who appears to be interested in things similar to you, which would you suggest? (I need more books to read)
Well, I like to read about a lot of different things so it is hard to answer this question without knowing about your preferences, but I’ll try (not in order, and more than 3, sorry):
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
This is one of the few books I love to return to. It’s a difficult book to describe: there is no plot, the chapters are usually very short and fragmented (the writings were found and assembled after Pessoa’s death), and it’s some kind of “factless autobiography.” It’s basically a collection of small vignettes and reflections on life, loneliness, love, friendship, social interactions, and so on. The prose is beautiful, poetic, and very melancholic. If you’re an introvert, you’ll probably enjoy it even more. I’ve posted a few excerpts in the past if you want to check it out: http://sunrec.tumblr.com/tagged/the+book+of+disquiet
Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
This one is not an easy read for some people, but it’s written in aphoristic form so it is easy to re-read a passage if you need to understand it better. It critiques the effects of advertising, the media, and the consumerist society in general on individuals and social relations. It was written over 30 years ago, but it’s more relevant today than ever before, and it will change the way you see things.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
One of my favorite novel. It’s a mix of story-telling and philosophical speculations about love, relationships, and the meaning of life. It’s set around the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and you follow four different characters whose lives are intertwined. One thing I really liked is the fact that the narrator often talks directly to the reader about philosophy, introducing concepts that relate to the story, life in general, or just talk about the characters themselves. It creates some kind of intimate relationship between you, the narrator, and the characters. It’s a wonderful and thought provoking read. I never wanted it to end.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
This is one of the most fascinating and disturbing book I’ve ever read. It tells the true story of a family of four that was murdered by two young men in Kansas in 1959. It reconstructs the lives/psychologies of the murderers and their victims, the murder itself, the investigation that led to the capture, the trial, and execution of the killers. It’s a disturbing, but the writing is absolutely wonderful and very captivating. A true crime masterpiece.
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Here’s why you should read it: http://sunrec.tumblr.com/post/68689535286/on-dostoyevskys-notes-from-underground
Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
I grew up in France and I never learned about native Americans in school so I started reading a few books about this history when I moved to North America, and this is one of my favorite. It focuses on the Indian Wars of the American West throughout the 19th century. It’s very sad, but it’s a must read, especially if you live in NA.
The Fall by Albert Camus
I love Camus, and this is one of his best work. It’s a short read but it’s deep and hilarious at the same time, and it gets better with each re-reading. It is a series of monologues by an ex-lawyer you meet in a bar in Amsterdam who tells you his life story, and reflects on the absurdities of life and society.
These books are not necessarily the best books I’ve read, but I enjoyed them a lot and they’re pretty accessible and relatively short, so I like to recommend them. Anyway, I hope this answers your question, and if you’re looking for something more specific, let me know. You can also find me on Goodreads. :)