With the world mourning the death of the iconic David Bowie, many have been talking about the ways in which he touched their lives. And when New York Public Library shared a 2013 list of Bowie’s top 100 books, it caught Junot Diaz’s eye. Coming in at No. 8, Junot’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was chosen by Bowie as one of the stories that helped him embark on an “epic voyage of discovery.”

In response, Junot posted a Facebook message reminiscing about the first time he heard Bowie. And though it’s short, it’s very sweet.

Rest in Peace, David Bowie. I still remember the first time I heard you, before I could even speak English.

Posted by Junot Díaz on Monday, January 11, 2016

Check out Bowie’s full list below:

BOWIE’S TOP 100 BOOKS – THE COMPLETE LIST“Lend us a book we can read up alone…” It’s likely that most people reading…

Posted by David Bowie on Tuesday, October 1, 2013