I am a contemporary kind of girl. Whether fictional or reality, present day or looking back in time— the style of storytelling or perhaps the lack of stylistic expectation, is what carries me along.
It’s been a bit of a slog attempting to find some “classic” literature predating the 20th century that succeeded in captivating me. I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, but could not engage with Mansfield Park. David Copperfield was decent, but Great Expectations had me done after a few pages. If you have any ideas, please let me know.
That said, I generally steer clear of the old stuff, and concentrate on the never-ending supply of brand new books being published. Staying current is even a struggle with so many books being released every single week, especially for someone who reads across several genres; who has time to read all of them!
Here is some of my favourite fictional literature. Because to expand to non-fiction would just get crazy.
The Time Travellers Wife– Audrey Niffenegger
Still Alice– Lisa Genova
1984– George Orwell
Sarah’s Key– Tatiana de Rosnay
The Giver– Lois Lowry
The Screwtape Letters– C.S. Lewis
The Help– Kathryn Stockett
And The Mountains Echoed– Khaled Hosseini
An Untamed State– Roxane Gay
The Forgotten Garden– Kate Morton
(links are all to Goodreads description)