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There were a couple of reasons I wanted to publish this post. For one, Friday was international book day, and yesterday was National Independent book story day… and I always love a reason to celebrate anything!
And secondly, we’re all in need of some good book recommendations right now. It’s still unclear what lies ahead in the coming weeks, as we may or may not resume parts of “normal life”…but regardless of whether you’re trying to pass the time, or looking for a mental break… reading is the perfect escape. Plus, no pesky side effects of blue light.
You can find book recs out the wazoo online… no matter what you’re in the mood for. I tend towards fiction, love stories, and historical novels… with a good thriller or two mixed in.
Below, I’ve compiled my must read list — my top 15 favorite books of all time…including links so you can purchase them.
So let’s go old school together. Grab your favorite, pour a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine😎🍷) and curl up somewhere cozy.
ETL MUST READS: 15 FAVORITE BOOKS
Pride & Prejudice
Basically my all time favorite novel. The ultimate classic from Jane Austen. I love her writing style, her witty humor, and her absolutely spot on take on the superficialities of social life. I swear I’ve read it 10 times.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Another one you’ll find at the top of almost any list of classics. Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanan are seductively irresistible characters & Fitzgerald’s storytelling is gorgeous.
My Brilliant Friend
The first book in my all-time favorite book series. It follows the lifelong friendship of 2 girls in Napoli in the 1950’s. Ferrante’s prose is magical and her storytelling powers are unmatched.
The Story of a New Name
Book two continues the story as the two main characters continue to get older. Ferrante has such a power to be relatable in her writing. I could not stop turning the pages until I finished the entire book.
Those Who Leave & Those Who Stay
The stakes get even higher in book three as Ferrante continues to weave her brilliant metaphor about life, equality and western society.
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The Story of the Lost Child
The final, perhaps the best, definitely the hardest book in the series to read. The ending will leave you feeling and thinking hard…my favorite kind of story.
I’m a nut for historical fiction. I’m also OBSESSED with the Titanic so I was bound to love this book. It’s a page-turner with tons of fascinating details about the ship.
This book radically and fundamentally changed my perspective on creativity and believing in yourself. It had a huge influence in my journey towards creating ETL. I Highly recommend this for anyone looking for inspiration.
I love every single one of Emily Giffin’s books, but her debut novel is still my favorite. It’s a compulsively readable book about friendship and true love and figuring yourself out. And the book is way better than the movie!
This novel is so cute and so witty. I read it when I myself was an assistant in the world of media, so it really resonated with me at the time. But it’s a super fun read for anyone in their 20’s who knows what it’s like working from the bottom up.
Brain on Fire
Okay this memoir is utterly terrifying and fascinating, especially because it’s all true. This woman details the progression of an aggressive mental disorder that almost destroys her entire life. The power of the human brain in absolutely fascinating.
Leave me a comment below if you’ve read any of these, or if you have any other favorites to share! I’m always looking for new recommendations to add to my list!