A couple of days ago I shared with you 5 of my 15 most favorite books, which included wonderful gems such as Of Scars and Star Dust by Andrea Hannah and Before you sleep by the ever wonderful Linn Ullmann.
Tell me, my sweethearts, have you had the chance to read any of my previous suggestions?
This is Part two of my fabulous list.
The Ponicorn’s 15 favorite books
(books that changed, defined and facinated me)
- Virgin Suicides -Jeffrey Eugenides
I was fascinated by the story ever since I first watch the movie in the early 2000’s. I was even obsessed with Air – Playground love for a while. The book is mesmerizing and I think movie perfectly portrays all the emotions conveyed by the story. I felt it, I felt the times, I felt the sadness, I fell in love with the Lisbon girls as much as the neighborhood guys did, and I felt the sadness and long-lasting memory of their death (Spoiler alert? I don’t know, the title itself talks about suicide, it’s barely a surprise). Real Story? When I was a teen I was surrounded by suicide. I had several friend who attempted it, a distant relative committed it, even I flirted with it; so the story hit close to home.
- Delirio – Laura Restrepo
If you hadn’t notice yet, a lot of my favorite books have characters dealing with mental illness. Either depression, or something else. This is a story dealing with “Something Else”. You never really fully understand what happens to Agustina, or at least it’s never explicitly stated, but this is a sort of more modern tale of magical-realism, developing during Pablo Escobar’s Colombia. It tells the story of Aguilar, an older man married to Agustina, a very emotionally and mentally troubled woman, the way they live and chose to face her struggle. I enjoy the way all the characters are portrayed, how honest they are on their perspective of their particular circumstances, how helpless they seem when faced with situations they can’t control, how overwhelming those are.
- The painter of the modern life and other essays – Charles Baudalaire
I read this as an assignment when I was studying in college about 7 years ago, and I fell in love with it. Of course, the intrinsically poetic style used by Baudelaire is entirely responsible for it. This essay deals with the general notion of dandism, in a way that is humane, unapologetic, sensualist and provocatively astute. I’ve always said that I don’t really enjoy being forced to read, so whenever I’ve been in that place, I tend to skip it, or If i can’t, at least just skim through it (I’m not an example to follow), however, this might be the only one I’ve actually taken the time to read and actually enjoyed. If I had to translate the whole documentative experience that this essay entails to a more modern narrative, I think it would keep its fresh approach, while at the same time fitting perfectly as a description of the millennial generation. Time is cyclic, my friends.
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
I’ve always been into Pride and Prejudice in its many different representations, whether it’s YouTube series, movie, book or even as an influence for other stories (Hello Bridget Jones), and I think I’ve talked about it extensively in the past. This is a beautiful story, told in a simple and clean way, you can completely see the time’s idea of romance, what a woman’s life was like, and you can even perceive a proto-feminism in Elizabeth (though the time is not right for it to be called proto-feminism, but still, I think it was too avant-garde for the time), and I even think, Elizabeth mirrored Jane Austen’s own ideas of what a virtuous woman should be to, first get self-respect, and then, social status, not because of her social position or wealth, but because of her intelligence and bravery.
- Memnoch, the devil – Anne Rice
When I was barely starting into the whole blog thing, there was this huge wave of girls who found (as I did) the idea of keeping an online journal very appealing, around that time, for a reason i’ve never quite understood, one of the books that was really in style to read, was Interview with the Vampire. I read it (of course) even though I casually read it about 1 month before getting into the whole blogging thing, and not only that, I actually continued reading the whole saga (I think I might have missed a couple of the most recent ones). Anyway, my favorite one of the whole collection was Memnoch, the Devil; the story deals with Lestat, Vampire Chronicles’ golden prince, and its encounter with the devil (THE actual devil), and how through a kind of biblical reinterpretation. Biblical Fanfiction If you prefer to call it like that, the story ends with a big public unveiling of the powers that be, that kind of threw me off, but
The choice for Part 2 is a little less Young Adult, and a little more varied; though, as I’ve said in the past post, don’t be fooled just because something is marketed as YA, there are good stories to be told there.
Speaking of telling stories, NaNoWriMo is currently running (It’s november guys!) Are you taking part of it? I might be a little behind and I’m actually not thinking about winning, but I’m writing a very weird story. I might share a bit in the future, if I feel it moves in the right direction.