Thursday, January 29, 2009

Two Questions About Reading

1. What are you currently reading or have recently read that you just couldn't put down because it was so good?

2. Why?

I'm on a 52 books (1 per week) pace for 2009 and would love some recommendations!

14 comments:

bigBADbobby said...

First comment, "The Cat In The Hat." I'd say that would help me catch up on the weeks that I'm behind pretty quickly.

emawkc said...

If you haven't already read McCarthy's The Road, I highly recommend it. You should be able to finish it in three or four days.

I recently finished PrairyErth by William Least Heat-Moon. Very long and at times a bit tedious, but worth the journey.

Tess said...

The Chosen and The Promise
-Chaim Potok
Could not put down these books.. loved em.

Anything by David Sedaris

The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson. read on my fathers suggestion and it was so funny!

Barbara Kingsolver: The Bean Trees and Animal Dreams I loved.. her other stuff I didn't like as much.

Feel free to come raid my library any time.

bigBADbobby said...

I read "Blue Highways" by Heat-Moon and struggled, then skimmed, then just plain skipped to the end.

I'll check out "The Road."

I read Potok in high school.

Haven't gotten into Sedaris yet, what's the big deal?

Will add "The Lost Continent" & "The Bean Trees" to my queue.

BTW, @tessk, would love to borrom books, so much nicer to the pocketbook.

THANKS!

bigBADbobby said...

Another suggestion = Ekhardt Tolle = Nails on a Chalkboard. I couldn't take how he was trying to lecture me; all I could hear was SCREEEEEETCH.

DCB said...

Umm..... does this mean you've already finished all the other books I've given you? ;o)

bigBADbobby said...

It's been awhile since you gave me a book! Wait, I take that back... you gave me "Freakonomics" when we were in DC and I never started it... packed somewhere. Ooops. Sorry. :-)

Doc said...

I've just finished rereading Lehane's The Given Day...

excellent book.

Anonymous said...

If you're not easily offended I suggest "My Custom Van" by Michael Ian Black for a bit of silly comedy.

bigBADbobby said...

"My Custom Van." Check.

Anonymous said...

"The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Very enjoyable read and ties in to one of your favorite topics; love.

bigBADbobby said...

The Given Day. Check.
The Shadow of the Wind. Check.

Thank you!

Natasha said...

Anything and everything David Sedaris. What's the big deal, you ask? What's not to love about a gay man who decides he needs to live in Tokyo to help him quit smoking? And more! (!!!!)

I finished "When you're engulfed in flames" Saturday. My abs hurt all day from laughing. So if you read all of them, that puts you at six or seven.

If you like the Latin American writers: Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I'd start with something light though, "Love in the Time of Cholera" and then work your way up to "100 Years of Solitude." Go magic realism! Mario Vargas Llosa is a good one, too. Dark, but I think you can handle it: The Feast of the Goat.

Poisonwood Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the first is a have-to, the rest, well, that's a judgment call). Stiff: the Curious lives of Human Cadavers, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

I could go on and on ...

bigBADbobby said...

If this is @natasha2marie, then we need to spend one heck-of-a-lot more time together so that you CAN go on and on...