Each Tuesday, That Artsy Reader Girl organizes a Top Ten Tuesday. This was previously done by The Broke and the Bookish, but that blog stopped at the beginning of this year. We at The Sassologist decided to participate in the Top Ten Tuesday, with this being our first entry ever. So yay for us and this awesome feature. Hopefully this is something that will come back on a lot of Tuesdays in the future! This week: ten books I could re-read forever.
Here are my ten books in no particular order that I could re-read forever. There is a lot of non fiction on my list, but sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Why I chose these books? In a weird way they encompass everything I love in life. It’s al my geeky hobbies rolled in one list. For example, Gaiman stands for my love of comic books. Day, Wheaton and Tolkien for my love of board games/D&D. Stephen King and Lovecraft for my love of everything horror.
Plus, Lovecraft was an inspiration for a lot of Metal bands, which leads to the book about Black Metal. I also studied History at University so I appreciate a good history book, and I have loved metal since I was twelve years old. And MPW and Mick Foley are inspiring persons for me who lift the veil to let me peek into their world and let me see how they achieved succes.
1. Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley
This is an interesting and captivating look into the life and career of one of most loveable wrestlers ever: Mick Foley. Even if you don’t like wrestling, this behind the scenes look will make you respect wrestlers. He makes you a part of his life and he shares his greatest successes and his worst failures to that date. To me it’s inspiring how someone gives his all to achieve his dream. If you like to root for the underdog and see the impossible happen, this book is for you.
2. The Stand by Stephen King
One of King’s greatest books. The complete and uncut version I have has 1152 pages. More than enough reading pleasure to rediscover over and over again. After a strain of influenza wipes out the majority of the population, the few survivors try to make sense of what happened. Why read this? Personally I believe this is King’s best book. It’s a long read but the pages turn themselves as you read on. You feel yourself become part of the band of survivors as they group together and try to make the best of everything. Why read it? Do you like personal drama mixed with fantasy/horror? This book has it all. Plus, it introduces King’s major villain Randall Flagg, the recurring character in a lot of his books.
3. Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
My interest in Lovecraft came from a Metallica song. I remember reading his work and it was like nothing I ever read as a teenager. It learned me that horror sometimes is best never seen, but as a presence at the background. His writing can be archaic, but it also invokes an ominous feeling while reading. For example: At the Mountains of Madness, where a group of scientists try to uncover what happened with another group on Antartica. Or The Call of Cthulhu where a sailor awakens after a fearful encounter with the Elder God and recounts his voyage into madness. This book is a great way to get into the work of Lovecraft and see what the fuss is all about.
4. Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton
The stories are a collection from his blogposts on his website, edited into a book. He tells about his experiences from his life before Star Trek and afterwards. I loved this book because he is honest about his feelings and the struggles he faced. I recognised a lot of his self doubt and insecurities. It’s an honest book about someone who had succes and his life after that. Touching and honest, Wheaton gives a very candid look into his most inner self. Why read this? To know that you are not alone in your struggles. And, his stories about Star Trek are a must for every geek.
5. You’re never weird on the internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Another book by a famous geek. She describes her life, from how she went from a homeschooled kid to a college student studing violin. One day she decided ‘I want to go to Hollywood’ and she realised just that. I loved this book because it came close to home at certain points. Just like Wheaton’s book, it’s comforting to read you are not alone in certain struggles and it’s okay to be you.
6. Black Metal: Evolution of a Cult by Dayal Patterson
I admit, this book is not for everyone, but it’s a great history lesson in Metal. It’s a fascinating read about the origins of Black Metal and the rise of the Norwegian scene. This book combined two of my passions, history and metal. Next to the fact that the metal scene was a crazy place in the 80’s and 90’s, it also gives a detailed and structured look how the progress went within the scene. For me it was also a good reminder which other cool bands exist.
7. Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
This is my favourite collection of short stories from Stephen King. I chose this one because it has some excellent horror stories, but most of all it has some of his most creative stories. These are the ones that stick out the most to me. Nightmares and Dreamscapes includes my favourite King story ever: My Pretty Pony, in which a grandfather teaches his grandson about how time goes differently according what age you have.
8. The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White
Another autobiography, but this time by one of the greatest chefs ever. The youngest chef to get three Michelin stars, Marco Pierre White’s rise to fame sucked me in. Marco Pierre White was the original bad boy of cooking. He was rock and roll in the kitchen, ruthless and far beyond driven. He mentored some of the greatest chefs of this time. If you like to watch cooking shows (like Masterchef Australia) or if you at all are interested in who made Gordon Ramsay cry. This is the book for you.
9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
What more is there to say, it’s The Hobbit. It’s my favourite book by J.R.R. Tolkien. I just love this fairytale/fantasy book. It tells a great story in just one book. To me it’s Lord of the Rings but in a more accessible form. And: Tolkien’s fantasy world inspired D&D.
10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Perfect blend of fantasy and mythology. I love Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and this book picks up some of it’s themes and creates a wonderful world. To me the Gods of old were the first super heroes. I loved mythology as a kid and this story places those Gods in a whole new setting. Nora and Ingrid watched the first season of the television series, start here with their recap of episode one.