24 Books for 24 Years

Happy Birthday to me!!!

A completely self-indulgent list of books.

I like books. A lot.

Case in point: my freshman year of college was spent mostly creeping through bookstores, dishing out money I didn’t have, to distract myself from friends who didn’t exist. Ha.

TLDR; books are my most valued companions. Here are twenty-four of them which, far better or worse, have left their footprints all over my twenty four years:

1. Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

My favorite novel of all time. Soseki writes about “the heart of things,” the words and gestures which can drive us to tragedy, with stark simplicity. A book where the smallest of actions reap fatal consequences. I love this book so much I could never do it justice. SO JUST READ IT.

​​2. Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine

Tomine writes like he’s eavesdropped on your life. His characters ring so painfully true, it feels voyeuristic. Summer Blonde was his breakout graphic novel, with short stories featuring small people doing small things to become something moree

​​3. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

So, I recently reread this and decided I don’t really like it anymore…but to eighteen-year-old me, it was EVERYTHING. It was my ultimate escapist fantasy, about a teenager who runs away from home to recreate himself…and he LIVES IN A COOL LIBRARY?! Maybe I should just move in to Chevalier’s…

​​4. Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea

One of Mishima’s lesser known works, I can’t quite tell you why I love it with such particular fervor. Apathy, sex, and cruelty inflicted by the insecurities of youth…this book hit with jarring rawness.

5. Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe

6. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

8. Of Love And Other Demons Gabriel Garcia Marquez