Monday, October 3, 2011

Books I Love.

A big thank you to Camilla over at Thistle and Clover for clueing me into a recent Daily Candy round-up  called "101 Books We Can't Live Without." Some of my personal favorites make appearances on the list, ("The Corrections," "The History of Love," "Bird by Bird"); I'd also add "The God of Small Things," "Middlesex," anything by Roald Dahl, and, of course, this.


Up next on my list? "The Art of Fielding," by Chad Harbach. Sports novels are generally not my cup of tea, but I'm intrigued by the glowing reviews this one's been getting.

What are you reading now?

Photo by Stanley Kubrick via Betsy Von Furstenberg. Found via the fabulous site, Women Reading.

12 comments:

Manding. said...

i need new recommendations ! and yes. ANYTHING by Roald Dahl, please.
ps, http://amandamantes.blogspot.com !

Shoko said...

I'm always on the lookout for recommendations, too. Other titles I've loved lately: "Tortilla Curtain" and "Drop City" by TC Boyle, "Paris Trance" by Geoff Dyer. Happy reading!

poppy said...

happy to see CLOUD ATLAS and SKINNY LETS & ALL on the list. finding ART of FIELDING a slow read though that's probably because i got hooked on THE WIRE (teevee series).

ever ours said...

roald dahl is amazing. i still love enid blyton books too.

i'm leslie said...

I loved Middlesex! It made the list on my own blog a while back. Did you know that Eugenides is coming out with a new book? I'm looking forward to that.

Shoko said...

Leslie, is he really? That's so exciting!

Mondi said...

I LOVED all those books you listed, Middlesex was soooo amazing, and The History of Love; be still my beating heart. I just finished Andrea Levy "Never Far from Nowhere" and it was brilliant. Books are my happy place.

Shoko said...

Mondi, I feel that way, too! I just googled "Never Far from Nowhere" and it sounds great - I'll have to check it out!

Plum Girl said...

Lit by Mary Karr

One of those books that makes me want to quit writing because you realize you'll never be that good.

withaplum.blogspot.com

Shoko said...

Plum Girl - I totally know what you mean. I've encountered many of those books! :)

Paige said...

I just found your blog, and am having fun clicking around ::: I know this is an old post, but how did you like The Art of Fielding?

I live in Charlottesville, VA and this handsome, polite guy used to come into the restaurant where I was working pretty often a few years back... and then last fall I picked up a copy of The Art of Fielding at LAX, and mid-read en route to Australia the bell went off, and I realized why the author's pic looked so familiar. Same cute boy with nice manners and (as I found out) strong writing skills, haha. Such a pleasant combo.

Shoko said...

Paige, I'm so glad to hear that - thank you! And that's such an amazing story about the author - wow! He's so talented. Unfortunately, I never ended up finishing the book but that was more of a circumstantial decision than anything - I was enjoying it but got so busy at a certain point that I had to put it down. Haven't gotten to picking it up again, but I'd love to someday soon!

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