HP 7 – The older I get, the more I appreciate J.K. Rowling’s sheer literary genius. She can make you get into the book and FEEL HP & Co.’s trials and triumphs in real time. Tolkein-genius? Possibly, but without the years of experience developing a whole literary alter-world.
Herman Hesse’s Siddartha – Like reading a meditation exercise. Helps put things in perspective. Helps small discomforts feel … small. Quick read, but very good lessons. Also, Hesse is classic.
The Namesake – Everyone should own and cherish and pass on all of Jhumpa Lahiri’s books. Brilliance. A warm blanket on a cool night; ice cream on the patio with fireflies. Cozy, human.