Writer & Digital Marketing Specialist Matt enjoys thinking outside-the-box and always has an interesting perspective. Matt’s 5 favorite novels reflect his diverse tastes and interests:
The Nix by Nathan Hill
The Nix turned me into a crazed evangelist. I forced friends and family to read it and preached its good word to strangers on the street. Sometimes writers just fit your personality, and I think that’s what happened here. Although all good storytelling is built on empathetic characters, Nathan Hill’s characters resonated with me in a way that few have before.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
I read Kavalier and Clay over the course of three days while attending a music festival—sacrificing every spare moment, a few set-times, and many precious hours of sleep to its pages. Its vibrant characters taught me lessons that I continue to reference today.
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
I love the way Vonnegut brushes off the absurdity of the worlds he creates through matter-of-fact descriptions and blunt observation. Cat’s Cradle was the novel that taught me to laugh at what had once stressed me out.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
There were moments while reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle that I felt so deeply uncomfortable that it was difficult to keep turning the page. But Haruki Murakami has an incredible ability to encapsulate complex emotions in dreamlike sequences, so I couldn’t risk missing his insights by putting down the book.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
If I could possess the talent of any writer, it would be Douglas Adams. His wit cannot be imitated—only admired. He routinely finds his way back onto my nightstand.