Gone Girl

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne’s wife, Amy, disappears from their rented home on the banks of the Mississippi. The police quickly zero in on Nick, who may not be as nice of a guy as he first appears; meanwhile, passages from Amy’s diary reveal her state of mind up to…

manderley

#603: Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Among the most famous opening lines in history, Rebecca’s might be one of the most haunting—and with good reason. The story of the second Mrs. de Winter and the horror she encounters at Manderley, her husband’s enormous estate on the Cornish coast, remains riveting even after…

It – Stephen King

It, like The Shining, was one of my first Stephen King novels. This one, however, I read despite the warnings of my mother, who said it was “a stupid book.” But I was curious, and at that point in my life I loved big, thick books (this one is over 1,000 pages)—so I read it…

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

My cousin Duncan recommended Ender’s Game to me when I was about twelve. He let me borrow his copy, which was one of the most battered-looking books I’ve ever seen: it was in at least two pieces, held together by a rubber band. It was also signed by Orson Scott Card, so despite its terrible condition,…

Watchers – Dean Koontz

Watchers is not only one of my favorites by Dean Koontz, but one of my favorites of all time. I read it for the first time when I was…maybe twelve or thirteen. My dad recommended it to me while I was still very much in my V. C. Andrews phase, and rather reluctant to branch…

#940: Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

As you might have seen, Sense and Sensibility is one of my all-time favorite books. When I decided to read all of Jane Austen’s major novels last summer (after heavy influence during the semester from my boyfriend, who was currently taking a class about Austen), I doubted I would find that I liked any of…