Here’s a short list of good books I’ve read recently that you may want to read or give to someone for the holidays. They’re all different lengths and genres, but they’re all really good.
1. Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
Bukowski somehow can be funny and serious at the same time. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s really short. It’s a coming-of-age story set in Depression-era Los Angeles.
2. The Stand by Stephen King (unabridged)
This one’s massive, over 1000 pages, but it’s well worth it. A government manufactured superbug gets outs and kills 99.9% percent of people and society has to regroup. The story follows the several compelling characters spread around the country. Excellent apocalyptic fiction.
3. Psycho by Robert Bloch
You may have seen the classic film, but even Hitchcock said that everything in the movie came from the novel. Written in 1959, it’s a foundational book in the horror genre. I found myself seeing things in the book that are now standard elements of modern horror films. A short and creepy book.
4. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
I’ll confess that I read this a few years ago, but I had to include it because it’s one of my favorite books of all time. Patrick Bateman, the protagonist, is sickening and insanely entertaining at the same. I need to revisit this book ASAP.