Books That Give You Book Recommendations
We all get book recommendations from somewhere, right? Some from our friends, some from our family, some from our teachers, some from newspapers and magazines, some from reading communities like that on Instagram or Goodreads, and many other ways to get book recommendations. But what if I tell you that some books are there which give you book recommendations in return. Cool, isn’t it? Therefore, this article is going to shower some light on those books.
1. Normal People by Sally Rooney
In my opinion, this is one of the best books that truly show how we can understand the characters by the books that they read or mention in the story. This novel tells us the story of two young people named Connell and Marianne, growing up in a small town in Sligo, Ireland. At a glance, Connell and Marianne are opposites. While Connell is popular and handsome, Marianne is intimidating and unpopular. But both are equally intelligent, due to which in high school, the two begin a covert romance driven by the love of literature, academia, and mutual interests. There are a lot of ups and downs between their “no-label” relationship but where do we get book recommendations? Well, as we can see, Connell and Marianne both end up being literature students at Trinity College, Dublin. So undeniably, there are mentions of books and authors, both in the novel as well as in the TV-adaptation (Yes, Normal People has been adapted into a TV series, and it is equally good to watch!). There are a lot of books mentioned in the book as well as TV-series including Emma by Jane Austen (one of my favorites), The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe. You could watch the following YouTube videos (links below!) to get a better idea of all the books mentioned in Normal People.
2. Matilda by Roald Dahl
This book is very special to me. This is one of the first books that I read as a child, and I loved reading it with all my heart. The main reason was that I resonated with Matilda. I too was very lonely as a child but books were my true friends, just like in her story. She made me feel proud to be a reader. This book came in the right time of my life, a time, when I was fumbling with which book should I read next (not anymore, thanks to a never-ending TBR pile *facepalm*), this book had a whole list of books to read given to Matilda by her librarian Mrs. Phelps! The list features the classic works of Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Charlotte Bronte, and many more. I assure you the books mentioned in this book are worth reading!
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The novel is set up in the early 1990s in a suburb of Pittsburgh and follows the life of Charlie, the introverted observer teenage protagonist. This novel mainly focuses on Charlie’s unconventional thought style as he moves between the worlds of puberty and adulthood and his relationship with peers as well as his family which inspires him to tackle poignant questions. Here we see Charlie is given a list of book recommendations from his beloved teacher Bill which include some extraordinary literary works like Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger, This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and many more books of which some of them aren’t that popular but worth perusing! Though I agree that the number of books mentioned in this novel is comparatively low, but then quality matters over quantity, right? Also, I almost forgot to mention that this book mentions some beautiful poems and poets as well! So just hop into this novel for its beautiful story as well as wonderful recommendations.
4. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
All academics, especially dark academics, know that this is a sort of must-read unforgettable story of a group of smart, quirky misfits who discover a way of thinking and living at an elite New England college. When they go beyond the limits of conventional morality, deceit and betrayal became their newfound obsession. This book recommends a wide variety of books from Paradise Lost by John Milton to Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald to Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe; this book is truly a bundle of classic literary recommendations.
5. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
See, this book has been recommended by another book on this list! (scroll back to recall!)
This is the debut novel of the man who created “The Great Gatsby”. Just like “The Great Gatsby”, it is also set in America and mainly examines the morality and mentality of American youth post World War I. This novel revolves around Amory Blaine who is a student at Princeton University and considers himself to be a person who has an exceptionally bright future. But other than Amory’s failed romantic episodes, another interesting thing about the book is that it mentions a lot of literary works like Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and many more exemplary books. This novel also mentions some beautiful short poems and trust me they truly love to read and muse upon.
Fun fact: This is the novel that helped F. Scott Fitzgerald win Zelda Sayre’s hand in marriage. So, if you closely analyze Fitzgerald’s life and this novel, you will find similarities between him and Amory Blaine. No wonder, Fitzgerald’s novels does reflect parts of his own life.
On a final note, I would like to say that I simply adore such books. Because even if you complete reading these, they introduce you to a lot more books, a lot more new worlds to visit, and the beautiful journey is not over, and I feel a little bit contented after completing these as they gave me new books that I should get on my hands and start reading! That’s awesome, isn’t it? Now, I am sure that there can’t be just five books in the whole wide world that mention a lot of books on their pages! In case you know about such special books, then do mention them in the comments down below! After all, can we bookworms ever get tired of book recommendations?
- Amisha Acharya
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