I’ll try to get the ball rolling again because I like reading.
Just finished all of Kurt Vonnegut’s work and I’ve been trying to read the odyssey and Iliad as of late.
I’ll drop some of my favorite books so far:
Mitch Weiss’ The Heart of Hell - The Heart of Hell is the untold story of the crew of Landing Craft Infantry 449 (gunboat that assisted in the assault on Iwo Jima). Based on 130 interviews with sailors who survived the battle, the families of the men killed in the fight, and more than 1,500 letters the sailors mailed to loved ones during their long months at sea, this story documents their life leading up to the bloody assault.
Ken Kessy’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest - if you’ve seen the movie you’ll know how good it is. Told from the POV of a “mute” man living in an insane asylum, the story is is about a rebellious firefighter who challenges the head nurse’s authority. The story ultimately culminates in a shocking climax. I wish I could explain the story better, but it’s plot is so off the walls it’s hard to summarize it without leaving you confused.
Tim O’Brein’s The Things They Carried - about a platoon of American soldiers fighting on the ground in the Vietnam War. His third book about the war, it is based upon his experiences as a soldier in the 23rd Infantry Division. genuinely amazing book I would recommend to anyone interested in the Vietnam war. O’Brien gave a talk at my high school once too :)
Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night - fictional memoirs of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an American, who moved to Germany in 1923 at age 11, and later became a well-known playwright and Nazi propagandist. The story of the novel is narrated by Campbell himself, writing his memoirs while awaiting trial for war crimes in an Israeli prison.