Reads

So many of my friends ask me for book recommendations that I thought I’d dedicate a post here and there to what I am reading or have just read.  I don’t do reviews, so don’t expect long dissertations on any particular book.

  • Best book I’ve read lately:  Hands down, A Prayer for the Dying, Stewart O’Nan. If I told you it’s about a town with people dying from the plague, well, don’t let that stop you from reading this amazing book.  It is one of the best I’ve read in a long time.

  • Book I couldn’t finish:  Great House, Nicole Krauss.  Just couldn’t get into it.  Maybe I’ll try again someday, because I’ve heard really good things about it, but it sure didn’t do anything for me.
  • Book I’m reading now:  The Red House, Mark Haddon.  If you read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, or A Spot of Bother, Haddon’s first two novels, well, you won’t know a thing about this book.  It’s a totally different experience.  Haddon’s dry humor is nowhere to be found, or at least I haven’t gotten to it yet.  It’s written in multiple points of view, so it took me a while to get into it, but I’m hooked now.

  • Next on my “to be read” list:  The Chemistry of Tears, Peter Carey.  I’m a huge Carey fan, so I’m really looking forward to it.
  • Book I’m going to read because of reviews from fellow bloggers:  Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn.  Everybody who has read it has said great things.
  • Book I’m going to reread soon:  Anna Karenina, Tolstoy.  About ten years ago I tackled this book, mainly because it was a book I thought I should read.  After a struggle getting started, I ended up falling in love with it.  The new movie coming out at the end of the year reminded me how much I loved it and made me want to read it again.

Hope I’ve given you some ideas for your next read.

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