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"You are your best thing, Sethe. You are."
Through her beautiful prose, Toni Morrison spins a story about race, womanhood, love, trauma, and recovery in her novel "Beloved." This work changes perspectives from past to present telling the tale of Sethe, a former slave, and her journey to freedom both in the sense of abolition and from the past. "Beloved" is ideal for those interested in multi-faceted stories with descriptive telling.
Fall into the rhythm of the Beat Poets. Half memoir, half examination of the world around him, Allen Ginsberg gives us the poem "Howl." The pace of this book is almost like a roller coaster, becoming faster and faster racing towards the conclusion. Let this poem into your life.
"Things will go as they will; and there is no need to hurry to meet them."
The Lord of The Rings Trilogy is a staple. The universe created by J.R.R Tolkien can be explored not only through these three novels, but also through the prequel "The Hobbit" and other Middle Earth literature such as "Beren and Luthien" and "The Silmarillion." Tensions between good and evil, mythical creatures, songs and poems, and rays of hope shine from the pages of these books. I was lucky enough to visit Oxford, England in 2018 and was able to stop by J.R.R Tolkien and his wife's grave. On his tombstone is inscribed a small dragon and the terms "Beren" and "Luthien" are carved under both names.
This novel has been rotating within my top three favorite pieces since I read it. I remember checking it out from the library, reading it, and being so intrigued I went and renewed so I could read it again right away. Donna Tartt tells her story with such density and almost gothic suspense. "The Secret History" follows a group of classics students who tread the line between good and unspeakable evil. I recommend reading "The Secret History" before venturing to read Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize winning, and now movie, "The Goldfinch." For readers who enjoy suspense, a discussion of ethics, and dense prose, add "The Secret History" to your bookshelf.