Friday, February 16, 2007

In Serious Danger Of Voiding My English Degree

I need a good novel to read. Remember the good ol' days when I'd read 10+ books a year? Yeah, I think I read maybe four or five books in 2006. That's pathetic.

So please, give me suggestions. I'd like to read something smart, funny, compelling, heartbreaking, unique, and accessible.

11 comments:

The [Cherry] Ride said...

I know exactly what you mean. Gone are the days (about 12 years ago) when I worked in a bookstore and read about 5 books a week (!). Now I'm lucky if I read a book a year. If I think of anything memorable, I'll hit ya back.

Marty said...

you may have read some of these already....

The Best of Everything
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rona_Jaffe
I LOVE this book. I let Kelly borrow it and she still has it, so you should just borrow it from her.

Nickel and Dimed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel_and_Dimed

Down and Out in Paris in London
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_and_Out_in_Paris_and_London

The Long Shadow of Little Rock by Daisy Bates
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daisy_Bates_(civil_rights_activist)

StormySleep said...

OH -- anything published by McSweeneys. I particularly recommend Here They Come, by Yannick Murphy. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby will make you fall in love with books again. I'll think some more and post again. Also, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer made me cry and laugh.

Anonymous said...

NICKLE AND DIMED was a good quick read. I liked GILEAD and HOUSEKEEPING both by Marilynne Robinson. HOW WE DIE by Sherwin Nuland. The book I am currently reading is AND YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD BE GLAD by Bob Greene. I should be able to zip right through it but I sit and reflect on certain lines written and it really makes me think about my friends who have been very close to me throughout my life and how things back home really do change and how sometimes I wish the places back home were still the same.

Lori Mocha said...

Blindness by some dude

All Sides of Life said...

The Kite Runner

Alannah said...

Thank you thank you thank you!

I did read Nickel and Dimed. It was a good read...nothing I didn't know or hadn't experience personally but I'm glad Barbara Ehrenreich wrote it.

I'm writing these all down and going to the library tomorrow.

Jeannie said...

You've probably seen the movie but I loved Running With Scissors. No new Laurie Nataro books are out but I still reccomend them all especially "We thought you would be Prettier"

carolyn says said...

just read fortune's rocks by anita shreve and it was pretty good. the vanishing point by mary sharratt is really interesting about two sisters who travel from england to america before the revolutionary war. if you are a fan of little women, march by geraldine brook is a really good read about the father and his experience in the civil war

StormySleep said...

ooh -- YES to Blindness (by Jose Saramago, his best book), and yes to The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Also good, even though it's getting a ton of press right now, is What is the What, by Dave Eggers. And if you're in the mood for something off the backlist, something that will make you dredge up all the English Major things you learned, something that you can really dig into and analyze (but still enjoy the hell out of reading), track down Grendel by John Gardner.

Jamie a go go said...

Just read one book this year. Make it a doozie, make it Anna Karinina!

Or just get pissed off and read some Ayn Rand. Put that in your English degree and smoke it ; )

Livin' it back up in I-away!