Wednesday, June 22, 2005

help me, help me!

i read too much crap on the web. i need a good book. i have trouble finding fiction books that sustain my interest. i read lots of non-fiction but when it comes to fiction i'm a notorious half-book reader. any suggestions?

p.s. did anyone else find the red tent boring? i seem to be the only person on earth who didn't like that book.

p.p.s i think i'm finally going to try to read the house of spirits, by isabel allende.

5 Comments:

Blogger Gustavo said...

Cien A~nos de Soledad by Garcia Marquez is my all time favorite

2:04 PM  
Blogger leesepea said...

I'm partial to anything by David Sedaris.

His books are small essays, or vignettes, he is incredibly hilarious, and it's hard to say whether he is fiction or non-fiction, as his works are rooted in his experiences but I have a feeling he is one who reallly knows how to spin a good yarn.

I'd start out with Barrel Fever or Me Talk Pretty One Day - both are incredibly hilarious.

Bill Bryson is one non-fiction writer I enjoy; he writes about his experiences travelling in both Europe and America. My favorite is I'm A Stranger Here Myself, in which he writes about moving back to America after 20 years of life in England. It's pretty funny.

In the fiction arena, I am partial to Nick Hornby, though some of his books are now movies, and not all of the movies are great.

Another favorite is Tom Robbins, but if you're not into stories that are not told chronologically and tend to lean toward new-agey things like reincarnation, adventures of inanimate objects, and the connectiveness of existence, I'd skip him. If you're game, I'd start with Another Roadside Attraction.

Happy reading!

3:40 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I know the suggestions weren't for me, but I thank the commenters anyhow!

One of my all time favorite words is Anne Lamott's Traveling Mercies. It's broken up really well, so you can read in in chunks. She is hilarious and thought provoking at the same time. I've seen some other teachers recommend this book too on their blogs, so I think they have great taste.

My goal for the summer, once I'm done with my CLAD exam (for which I am supposed to be studying at this very moment), is to go back through and read all the classics that I bought in college as an English major but didn't have time to read (to my defense, I had to read on average 30 novels per 10 week quarter, and I valued having a life back then). I have boxes and boxes of books in the garage that I can't wait to get my hands on as soon as I move.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous *r said...

oh MH...here are some things i've recently read...

Stiff: The curious lives of human cadavers - mary roach

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

Infinite Jest- David Foster Wallace

Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami (really anything by this author is fantastic...oooh...you should read Underground instead)

8:50 AM  
Blogger Jules the Crazy said...

I love all things Amy Tan, John Irving, Sarah Bird, and Barbara Kingsolver. Also try some good YA stuff like Harry Potter and Traveling Pants, and YA authors like Laurie halse andersen, karen cushman, and Gail carson levine.

two hilarious nonfics: Join Me by Danny Wallace, and Kick Me by Paul Feig.

7:13 PM  

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