D1000 all-time favorites; in no particular order. Permanent collection.

♡ The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand _ My all-time favorite. This was written in 1943 with the idea that a man’s ego is the fountainhead of human process. Not only did Rand choose the industry of architecture to rather perfectly depict her philosophy of “objectivism” but the impressions of edgy, rational, and calculative nature of architecture perfectly foils with the compassionate and vulnerable nature of humans. The protagonist, Howard Roark, is a nonconforming individualist (and I LOVE non-conformists) and I really hope to one day become or meet somebody so passionate, raw, and fierce… somebody who can keep you at the edge of your chair from saying just a few words.

♡ The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini _ The movie actually turned out to be extraordinary (to my surprise)! I cried six times reading this book. Hosseini so creatively articulates the meaning of friendship of two boys growing up in Afghan and big obstacles that taint the purity of their bond. The bond between Amir & Hassan is the epitome and the core of a real, heart-mending/heart-breaking, everlasting promise of friendship.

 ♡ The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon _ My first and unforgettable contemporary American novel I wholeheartedly enjoyed. Bold, unique, and definitely a page-flipper. Good beach read too.

♡ Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle _ Ok it isn’t a light leisure read (although I’ve read it a couple of times for recreational purposes) but I freaking agree with SO many concepts of his morals & virtues & values. I first read this my fresh yr of college in ethics class; and I felt like all my thoughts and lessons I’ve learned at home were so clearly clearly clearly written. Concepts of happiness, character and friendships were some of the books that I really enjoyed.

♡ To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee _ Atticus Finch definitely reminds me of both my parents. He’s my favorite.

♡ The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams _ This was my favorite growing up. Along with Geraldine’s Blanket by Holly Keller. The “What is Real?” conversation that the V Rabbit had taught me that friends could come in all different sizes, shapes, and forms (furry, brown, velveteen, etc in terms of the book) and that I shouldn’t judge anybody by its physical appearance. Geraldine’s Blankie – I read every night to sleep. Every little animation throughout that book (literally on each page) happened to me. So, growing up, I naturally thought the book was written specially for me.

 ♡ The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway _ This was the first book I cried from start to finish. I was 12 years old… but was so compassionate about this little old man out in the sea. I think my tears also came from how much I understood what “life” meant to me back then… How things in life come in forms of pain and joy; and how walls that are built from firm foundations can collaspe in a blink of an eye.

♡ The Little Princess by Frances Burnett _ This was my first long novel I read as a child. It’s another book that illustrates the importance of family and never giving up on each other.

♡ Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer _ Another fabulous contemporary Am Lit novel. It’s written from a little boy’s perspective post-Sept.11 and his father’s death. Although it’s fictional, the incidents that take place throughout the book vividly come alive in your imaginations. Two thumbs up.