The Wondrous Books Your Soul Should Read, November/December Edition

I feel like the most difficult things to think of when writing are the titles, they should both accurately reflect what I am writing about, but also capture the attention of the reader, that being you, in order for you to read what I am writing.

Would you believe me when I say that for the majority of every title I come up with, is done in a matter of thirty seconds? If you say you would believe me then that either means one of two options.

Option 1: You think the titles are unintelligible and too long.

or

Option 2: You are impressed by the level of articulation and interest they bring you and cannot fathom me working on them for only thirty seconds.

If you say you don’t believe that the titles only take me thirty seconds, then you are undoubtedly questioning my speed and authenticity along with my character and very nature. It appears as if it is a two-edged sword here.

Either way, I don’t judge you for your beliefs regarding the titles of my blogs, nor do I care—however, I have been sitting here for up to an hour now trying to come up with a unique way to integrate a book club into TW in order to launch a “books you should read” aspect into this online platform. But really, like Juliet said, what’s in a name? I just want you to consider to read more, and thus read the books that I suggest because clearly, my opinion is the only one that matters.

So without further adieu, now introducing #TWBYSR. And no that is not Tova Wild Books You Should Read, but it is in fact, The Wondrous Books Your Soul (should) Read, not really but let’s just go with that.

1

MY BRILLIANT FRIEND
BY ELENA FERRANTE
Genre: Literary Fiction

Synopsis Without Spoilers: The novel is a series that spans four volumes over sixty-years and begins in the 1950’s in a village on the outskirts of Naples. The story is about a complex and conflictual friendship between Lila and Elena and the course of their lives. The book is really compelling, visceral, and intense; and takes a deep nose dive into the roles of friendship and relationships over the span of a lifetime.

2

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: LESSONS FROM THE OTHER SIDE
BY TYLER HENRY
Genre: Biography, Autobiography
Synopsis without spoilers: Firstly, the spoiler is that this Tyler Henry becomes a famous medium that has a reality show on E!. However, the book is an interesting read for someone who has no experience with this topic. Tyler Henry has a clear and kind tone in his writing but speaks on topics that revolve around the afterlife, spirituality, and metaphysics in a deeply personal and informative way.

3

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
BY ANDRÉ ACIMAN
Genre: Literary Fiction
Synopsis without spoilers: “Call Me By Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera” (Why yes, I did copy that from the back of the book.) This book was deeply moving, brutally honest, and heart-wrenching. Also, it’s a movie that is coming out November 24th, so get to reading, or go see the movie and then read the book.

4

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, ADVICE ON LOVE AND LIFE FROM DEAR SUGAR
BY CHERYL STRAYED
Genre: Biography, Autobiography, Self-Help(?)
Synopsis without spoilers: It is basically a book that you can pick up at any time, read a few pages and stories, and then put down for a while. The book is charming and heartwarming, but also honest and sincere with the lessons that are taught and learned through this advice column that Cheryl Strayed once wrote anonymously at The Rumpus.

No go forth and read! And, if you have already started or have read them, let me know what you think. I had a million and one feelings regarding each of the books. But that could just be me.

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