Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m. by Sam Wasson
If you loved Breakfast at Tiffany’s you’ve got to pick this one up. It tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the entire movie came together.
2666 by Robert Bolano
I can’t say that I completely enjoyed this one; you’re not really supposed to. However, it’s hard to deny that Bolano is a brilliant writer.
Read this one recently and absolutely loved the interview style it’s written in.
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkein
This one is definitely my favorite in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (both the book and the movie). It’s got talking trees, battle scenes, and suspense. What more does one need?
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I’m not sure if this one counts . . . but I’m using it anyway.
Tenth of December by George Saunders
While this isn’t my favorite short story collection of Saunders’, it’s still a good one. The titular story is my favorite of the bunch. I would recommend Pastoralia as a good starting point.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Though this one is a bear to read (and requires a decent amount of note-taking), it’s also immensely rewarding. This is one of my favorite examples of magical realism by the master of the genre.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
It’s been a while since I’ve read this one (it might have been over a decade ago), but this sticks in my head as the most memorable Vonnegut work I’ve read.
The conclusion to Reeve’s wonderful Railhead trilogy was a satisfying, high-octane adventure complete with his signature closure. No one ends a series quite like Reeve.
1984 by George Orwell
I had the good fortune of reading this book on my own, before it was later assigned to me in English class. It blew me away the first time I read it, and it has given me chills on every reread.