7 Jul

Chris’ Picks

1. The Outsiders :

The Outsiders holds a pretty big place in my heart when it comes to books. Read at the age of 12, I was angsty and pissed off. I loved to read, but hated being told what to read by my school (mostly because they had terrible taste). That was until I was assigned The Outsiders. Filled with characters striving for a purpose in their life, playing with the cards they were dealt, and making the best of bad situations, I connected to these characters on a deeper level than I thought I could at 12. My co-workers can't get me to shut up about this book and I recommend it to anyone who loves books, hates books, old or young, I've never met a human yet who hasn't loved this book.


2. The Dharma Bums:

Most people are familiar with Jack Kerouac's work, On The Road. Most people are not as familiar with his work, The Dharma Bums. It's a fantastic counter balance to Kerouac's other works showing another side of the beat generation. The book deals much more with spirituality, and communing with nature than the fast and fiery lifestyles in On the Road. I've always recommended this work to anyone who's never read Kerouac as I find it a more accessible read than On the Road. Plus it'll make you want to do nothing except go camping. Bonus!


3. Night Shift:

Night Shift is a collection of some of King's most terrifying, heart-thumping, and spine tingling tales packed into one, light easy read (well, maybe not for the faint of heart). Seriously, try picking this one up and looking at a laundry press or a closet the same way again. Even readers who aren't big on horror can sink their teeth into this one. With nail-biting suspense and  writing like lightning, you won't be able to put it down.


4.  Good Omens:

I love Good Omens. Love it. It's such a great summer read. It's like an 80's Spielberg movie had a baby with, I don't know, The Apocalypse. Yeah. Let that sink in, and when it does I'll tell you something else, the TWO authors of this book happen to be Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Mind blown yet? Why isn't this book in your hand! With a host a lovably crazy characters trying to prevent the end of days, this one is sure to put a smile on your face.


5. Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings: 

I'm a big fan of author, Christopher Moore, and I'm also a big fan of suggesting his work to everyone. No one writes funny with a giant heart quite like Moore, and Fluke is no exception. Filled to the brim with laugh out loud humor, and sprinkled with lovable characters you'll cheer for until the end, Fluke may not be Moore's most famous work, but he certainly gives himself a run for his money.


6. Rant

From the warped mind of Chuck Palanihuk (author of Fight Club), comes Rant. This book is cool. That's really the best way to describe it. I couldn't give you a good summary if I tried, so I'll say this. Read this book. Then, when your mind melts out of your ears when you finish it, read it again, and you'll love it even more. Time traveling, poisonous snakes, crashing cars, and murder are just the tip of the iceberg for this wild ride. Buckle up and hit the gas!


7. The Beach

This book, has over time, become one of my favorites. It's not an ordinary read, but it is a seemingly important one. Dealing with youth and angst is nothing new to novels, but the way in which this book handles the generation of youth raised on video games and Xanax is something special. It also asks the question, what is paradise and what will we do to attain and keep it? For a summer read spiked with some bite, check out this read which I can only describe as Lord of the Flies meets Hunter S. Thompson. Hold on.


8. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Okay, so this is the one book this list I haven't read. But, it's there for that reason, because I plan on indulging myself with this read ASAP. I have friends who don't read (yes, these people exist), I have friends who don't even like the idea of reading, and I have friends who read everything under the sun. What they share in common is a love for this particular book. I don't know what it is that draws people in and makes them give nothing but praise for this read, but I'm eager to find out. Join me.


9. Dark Places

Gone Girl. It's a pretty good book. This one is better.


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