The very first book I read more than once was The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I read it first for pleasure and then again in accordance with a paper for Abnormal Pscyhology class. It was appropriate, she did try to kill herself three times finally succeeding the last time with her head in the stove. The way she describes things is vivid, you can see smell hear and even taste the scenes. The word choice and what she chooses to focus on is also unique. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “There is nothing like puking with someone to make you into old friend.”
Another book I fell in love with, or rather became obsessed with was Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I became even more fascinated with this story when I was given a hardback version of the book that had footnotes about the author all throughout. It was called The Annotated Alice and talked about how the author was more or less in love with a little girl. In fact the scenes in which Alice is constantly growing in size and shrinking is supposed to allude to his inner conflict at loving her as a child and at the same time wishing she would grow up so he could marry her. Anyone reading this story can’t help but be amazed by the authors imagination. Of course you can’t help but wonder if he weren’t also taking something that helped him think of all these strange and inventive characters.