I love reading, I don’t do anywhere near enough but I will give anything a try having said that as a rule i’m not big into psychological thrillers as my mind has a tendency to run away with itself but there are a few that happen (weirdly) to be some of my favourite books to read, so without further ado and in no particular order:
- Naked Lunch – William Burrough’s finest work, the sheer weirdness of the film leaves out much of the reason which it was originally banned in Boston for obscenity reasons. The book is to be enjoyed with an open mind and an open interpretation, it can be hard work but it is worth the read.
- Perfume – Patrick Suskind’s phenomenal book about a murder addicted to perfume in the South of France is something to be devoured, the film doesn’t do it any justice at all so don’t be tempted to think that you’ve experienced the creepiness of someone tracking their prey by scent alone.
- The Pigeon – another Patrick Suskind short story, it has to be read to be appreciated, describing it somehow doesn’t convey the subject matter, a man trapped in his apartment by a pigeon. It made my skin crawl the first time I read it, it hasn’t stopped me from reading it again though just to remind myself of perspective.
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – a book I haven’t managed to finish yet because I find it very harrowing, Hosseini’s style is beautiful but sadly a little too graphic for want of a better word, still a stunning book nonetheless.
The joy of reading is something I want to celebrate, losing yourself in a book is far more inspiring than listening to some of the vacuous crap circling the internet at the moment. Expand your genre choice and find something different, I dare you to try! If you have any suggestions to add to the list come join the conversation at facebook.com/onlynomeswriting or follow me at twitter.com/onlynomesforyou
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