As I'm sure I've made apparent already, I am a very avid reader. So I wanted to share some of my favorite books, all of which I highly recommend reading if you have not already.
The Dharma Bums (1958) - This is another semi autobiographical tale of Kerouac's adventures on the road. I felt that this one especially makes one want to throw aside the conventions of American society as you witness Kerouac struggling against them.
The Great Gatsby (1925) - I think that this has continually been one of my favorites because I felt that Fitzgerald wrote the characters so well that it was easy for me to sympathize with them.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999) - I have read this novel more times than any other. As a "wallflower" myself, I always felt that I understood the way that Charlie thought about the world around him.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) - I think that one of the many reasons why this is one of my favorites is because for some reason I just love witnessing a main character's downfall. I think I enjoy the reminder that no one is perfect.
Sherlock Holmes (1887-1927) - I have read every single one of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. I can't help but love how quirky, intelligent, and witty the character of Sherlock Holmes is.
A Separate Peace (1959) - I always felt that this was one of the most tragic coming of age tales.