Historical, thought-provoking, hypnotic, and erotic. The diaries of Anaïs Nin are endlessly entertaining and interesting, and make excellent company for quiet baths.Recommended by Connor M.
Poems about when poetry fails us. I love Derrick Brown. Recommended by Connor M.
Reading Chuck Klosterman is reminiscent of getting a beer with an excited friend who listens to a lot more music than you do. In this collection of articles and essays, Chuck explores Kobe Bryant's work ethic; why he'll never read Harry Potter; and why everyone seems to hate Nickelback. A fun ride through our media-driven culture, I highly recommend this title to anyone who is into fantasy sports, or anyone who reads musician Wikipedia pages... (read more)Recommended by Connor M.
Dave Eggers is one of the few writers who manages to maintain a writing style that feels alive, or even more than alive — vibrant. This book is written in dialogue only, and it moves so quickly that you can probably read it in one sitting. What if you had the chance to ask every single question that has been weighing on your mind? The protagonist, Thomas, takes this to the extreme, and little by little we learn about his world and the darkness... (read more)Recommended by Connor M.
This is the cutest children's picture book I've seen in a while. The illustrations are irresistible, and (somehow) the author makes you feel like you are learning fundamental math concepts. I recommend this adorable book to almost everyone I see.Recommended by Connor M.
This book left me breathless. Jandy Nelson's language is entrancing, and you will not find a more spellbinding love story than the one in this book. Equal parts heartbreaking, interesting, and innovative, I'll Give You the Sun is a story about fraternal twins finding their own respective places in the world. Jude tries to decode her grandmother's journals, and Noah finds himself falling for a boy he meets in art class. And together, they... (read more)Recommended by Connor M.
This book exceeded my expectations. I picked it up, craving some light reading, and instead was surprised to find a mix of science, romance, travel, and personal stories. This is an informative adventure into the culinary scene, and serves as a great springboard into a variety of subjects. Recommended by Connor M.
Two professors set out to devise a class that taught students how to construct a lifestyle worth living, and ended up with one of the most popular courses ever taught at Stanford. They share their findings in Designing Your Life, a self-help book that doesn’t feel like a self-help book. Instead it feels like loose and customizable scaffolding for individuals to find meaningful work and relationships. This is a galvanizing weekend... (read more)Recommended by Connor M.
This book is spooky! A young boy starts hearing voices from a wasp's nest outside his window, and it turns out the wasps want to make a deal with him... This book is a page-turner, a thriller, and a great pick for the Halloween season. Recommended by Connor M.