Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Loving Che, by Ana Menendez
The Center of Everything, by Laura Moriarty
The Bottoms, by Joe Lansdale
Don’t Think of an Elephant! by George Lakoff
Of Love and Other Demons, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Floating World, by Cynthia Gralla
The Stones of Summer, by Dow Mossman
The Dark Tower series, I-VII, by Stephen King
The Anxiety of Everyday Objects, by Aurelie Sheehan
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
The Rum Diary, by Hunter S. Thompson
Practical Demonkeeping, by Christopher Moore
The entire Harry Potter series
The Confessions of Max Tivoli, by Andrew Sean Greer
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss
Living to Tell the Tale, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Hello to the Cannibals, by Richard Bausch
Plainsong, by Kent Haruf
Surfing on the Internet, by J.C. Herz
Jim Morrison’s Adventures in the Afterlife, by Mick Farren
K-Love’s All-Time Favorite Books (in no particular order)
- In the Country of Last Things and Timbuktu, basically anything Paul Auster writes. The first is a dystopian survival story; the second, a narrative told by a hyper-intelligent dog who’s just lost his master. Mr. Vertigo is good, too. PA is where it’s at.
- Weetzie Bat, by Francesca Lia Block. Young adult book with an adult sensibility. Beautiful, lyrical language, full of images that get embedded in your head and refuse to leave.
- Lolita, simultaneously one of the saddest and most hilarious books in existence.
- The Idiot, Feodor Dostoevsky. Contains all sorts of insights into damn near everything. Lots of stuff about how social constructs prevent people from communicating on an authentic level. Try it, you’ll like it.
- Demian, Hermann Hesse. Read it for the wonderful characters and the way it turns traditional values upside down.
- Eyes in the Fishbowl, Zilpha Keatley Snyder. A young adult book written in the 60s, with neat illustrations and a mind-expanding topic that has nothing to do with drugs (honest!). Eerie and cool.
- A Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Chronicle of a city—unflinching and with a great eye for beauty.
- Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke. Mind-blowing sci-fi. It’s expansive and fascinating, both historically and futuristically.
- Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. Can’t resist reading this again every few years, just to see how much the real world has grown to resemble the world in the book. (Cold shudder)
- Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The choppy, non-linear presentation of this novel makes about as much sense as war. Brilliant.