Posted by Andrew • November 06, 2017
If anyone knows me, they know that I consider myself an “Accidental Author,” who happened upon her own story later in life and decided to write it down one morning at her kitchen bar. Though my writing happened accidentally and spontaneously, my love for reading has always been ingrained. I am definitely an “Intentional Reader,” with a deep love for many classics and modern literary works. This month, I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you – books that have stayed with me into my “Later Dating” years.
This 1970s romance novel is funny, romantic, and tragic – all great ingredients for a passionate read that’ll make you feel. It’s been a favorite of mine among those written in the 1970s. When love comes from two different worlds, it can get complicated, but that makes it all the more relatable and real. The focus of this story is on two college students who fall in love, change their plans, and fight the obstacles of life, and – well, you’ll have to find out for yourself.
We all know the iconic and controversial writer that was Virginia Woolf. Her writing is so eloquent and contemplative in this 1927 novel, that it’s more for the ponderer, who enjoys to read for the experience of it. It’s definitely a good pick for those who love reading classic work set in different places, such as Scotland. Ever since I read this family-centered novel in college, I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland, so it’s my “Go-To” for when I’m feeling that bit of wanderlust.
This controversial 1973 novel by Erica Jong is another reason I’m proud of being a woman. It takes guts and intellect to write a story of such gumption. It’s a story that has resonated with many women over the years – women who felt stuck in unfulfilling marriages. It tested boundaries, as the main character searches for meaning, exploring who she is, as well as her sexual and academic passions. I highly recommend this read for any woman wanting to feel understood, intrigued, and empowered.
This book, written in 2013, is Donna Tartt’s third novel and one of my favorite action-filled pieces. It starts out pleasant (like most stories with twists), but then takes a turn when the main character experiences a tragedy at a museum in which several people are killed. From there, he takes a painting (“The Goldfinch”) for a reason he misunderstood, and the story focuses on his eventual plunge into the world of crime. The story kept me on my toes, touched my heart, and filled me with respect for such an amazing female writer.
What I really loved about this book was how real and truthful it was. You don’t often see books written about the women in a famous man’s life, but this book really dives into the women Hemingway loved – and hated. Letters and interviews were gathered for this piece, so it’s as authentic as it gets, really showing Hemingway through a unique lens – one that we can all relate to on different levels, I think.
If you’re looking for a read more focused on self-improvement, sass, and satire, I recommend my books, “Cinderella Has Cellulite” and “Sex and the Siren.” Now that it’s getting cooler and the holidays are upon us, it’s time for fireside reads for those cozy nights. Grab a cup-o’-something and a good book, and get to reading.