So yesterday I couldn’t pick one favourite writer, and today is my favourite book by them – I’ll try and stick to one piece by each. Ish.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
His short stories are just masterpieces. ‘One of These Days‘ from Big Mama’s Funeral, and ‘The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World’ from The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and her Heartless Grandmother are some personal favourites.
My favourite of hers is Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, but particularly when read in conjunction with Orange is Not The Only Fruit.
Difficult to pick. Probably has to be The Fault in our Stars.
If you haven’t read her blog Hyperbole and a Half, you’re missing out, I promise you that.Her book of the same name with collected posts from the blog and some entirely new ones features her hilarious drawings alongside perfect storytelling, and is just fantastic. From her humorous tales of mischievous childhood, the stories about confused dogs, and her poignant and insightful accounts of struggling with depression, the whole book is just amazing. For any grammar sticklers, I highly recommend The Alot. It will improve your life.
Slaughterhouse Five is my favourite of his, by virtue of being the only one I’ve read – but I loved it.
I’d also recommend a book called like shaking hands with god, which is an on-paper record of conversations between Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer on the subject of writing.