Thursday, September 18, 2008

Book Suggestions

Okay, so I've been a bit of a nerd lately and it seems that I can't go more than a day or two without some type of non-school related book to read. The problem is, I can't think of any books I want to read that badly, so it's up to you, dear readers, to suggest some books that I should be reading. What have you read recently that peaked your interest? What are some of the classics I should be taking a look at? And, most importantly, what are your favorites that you've read over and over? Please let me know, I'm very curious to hear what I should be reading.


Kayleigh said...

Hmm recommendations... I'll just list a few of my favourite books:

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
The Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

Happy reading.

mB said...

A mix of my faves and recent reads:

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Hornito - Mike Albo
Possession - A.S.Byatt
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon
Les Liaisons Dangereueses - Laclos
The Sexual Outlaw - John Rechy


FDot said...

For something a little lighter, I found 2 books by Marc Acito to be quite brezzy and funny.

How I Paid for College
Attack of the Theater People

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn--Betty Smith is an old one, but still great.

goatdog said...

What are your favorite books? It would help craft recommendations. That said, I am currently reading and loving Samuel Delaney's Dhalgren (apocalyptic sci-fi by bisexual African American writer whose autobiography, The Motion of Light on Water, I consider a must-read). My favorite classics include Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet and LP Hartley's The Go-Between. I can never keep up with new books, but I liked Middlesex a lot.

Dame James Henry said...

Thank you for your suggestions everyone- I knew I could count on you to get me out of this rut!

Goatdog: Some of my favorites are:
Gone With the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger
The Color Purple- Alice Walker
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter- Carson McCullers
Lunar Park- Bret Easton Ellis
Player Piano- Kurt Vonnegut
Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson

r.o.a.d. fan said...

These two are among those books I think anyone fluent in the english language should read.

Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

Course the list of english-language books that "should be read by all english speakers" is long and varied and quite disputable but I can say that both of these amused and enlightened me strongly enough that I went wanted to learn more about them, their history and their authors.

FDot said...

If you like Vonnegut and Ellis, certainly most of their other books are worthwhile reads also.

Have you ever tried to read Thomas Pynchon? He can be very tough to read, but very rewarding at the end. If you want to try, I'd recommend starting with V. or The Crying of Lot 49.