Whitman is my daddy, Monaco’s my mother, Diamonds are my bestest friend.

Today I want to share my favourite books, some of which I have read over and over and over. There is nothing better than reading and exploring new places, feelings and using your imagination. I’m not going to stay away from series, specific genres or types of writing. This list comprises writing that I have enjoyed throughout different stages of my life, in no particular order of course. Ok, here we go!

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger- I read this for the first time in eighth or ninth grade, when I was still really emotional from the big move my family put me through. We moved from New Jersey to Upstate New York the summer before I started High School. I read a lot, I didn’t really care what I read, I even read the dictionary around that time. But Holden Caulfield, became a part of my psyche, I was angry, cynical, tortured and distracted with everyday life. I still read this over again from time to time, just to bask in the nostalgia of my EMO teen years and feel grateful of where and how far I have come.

 Sloppy Firsts By Megan McCafferty- This is another eighth/ninth grade obsession. Which grew into a series obsession. I saw so much of myself in the Jessica Darling character. It’s almost like I became her. I was cynical, hyper-observant, and sort of a mean girl, I always fell for the bad boy, and I wrote and wrote and wrote. Similar emotions were evoked from reading these novels, like The Catcher and the Rye, but it was modern and a lot of the New Jersey pop culture in the books I knew all too well. I still have my middle and high school journals that I filled with my deepest thoughts, poems, songs and artwork. I followed Jessica on her journey through high school and college and early adulthood. I would read these books religiously, they made me feel close to the friends I left behind. I didn’t really like my new friends (I definitely had a case of the Veronica Sawyer{s}), they didn’t get me and I felt alienated. Books were my escape.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- I still remember the first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was home from school because I had a biking accident and I had a huge scab on my face for three months, and my teacher let me borrow her copy. I had just turned 11, and I was immediately smitten with Harry Potter and his world. I wanted to be Hermione, hang with Ron and Harry, as they learned from the best and worst teachers, gotten in constant trouble and tried to defeat Lord Voldemort. The series spanned my teen years and even into adulthood. Then we got movies, additional books, and even a theme park. Every time I do a reread I think back to when I first got my hands on my own editions (all hardcover first editions!) I held them in my hands, and stared I was so happy, I couldn’t wait to read them. I went to almost every midnight release, I waited in line, I saw all of the movies opening day, I even went to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida for my honeymoon for the sheer purpose of going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. A wand even chose me! This is not only my favourite book series, but a big part of my life. I think I should also mention that although the series as a whole is great, and each book has a special place in my heart, my favourite book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, because we meet my favourite character and Harry’s Godfather Sirius Black.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein- This was one of my favourite books as a child, when I could read on my own. It has such a great lesson and is really touching. Just thinking about it now makes me tear up.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare- I read Hamlet the first time in eleventh grade in English class. From the moment we started, I wished that I had read it sooner. I never met any Shakespeare writing that I didn’t like and this was no exception. Also the Royal Shakespeare Company version with David Tennant and Sir Patrick Stewart as Hamlet and Polonius is amazing.

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite and Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice- I have always been fascinated by the supernatural and occult. I read both of these books about vampires at a young age. Yes, they are both more advanced for the age that I read then, but I always read above where I should have been. Both have their similarities and differences, but they are both great in their own way. This is how modern supernatural romance should stay. It should not be about a teenager who falls in love with a sparkling vampire.

With these books being my favourites I have read hundreds more that I have failed to mention. And my reading list is ever growing. And I like all different types of books too. But the main genres are YA fiction and scifi/fantasy/supernatural/occult. I will continue to share what I am reading on a semi regular basis. Right now it’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which I am currently loving. Even though when everytime Jonathan Harker’s narration comes up all I see is Keanu Reeves stupid face. I’m not letting that ruin the book for me though! And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Body Electric by Lana Del Rey

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