Monday, July 31, 2006


I have no idea what to read next. Give me recommendations, my lovelies.


  1. well, how about an Icelandic saga or two. I am currently reading Njal's Saga. It is kind of repetetive in some places, but I love this one character, although he doesn't last long, named Sven, and he is a witch. There is this one character who has a habit of killing people and when he has to hide out for a while he goes to Sven's and he tells him what happened and why he had to flee. Sven tells him that he likes a man of action and takes him in for a while. It is kind of funny.

  2. Fem, I should've known you'd come up with something terribly original. Anyone named Sven is OK in my book.

  3. The Girls - Lori Lansens: a novel about 30-year-old conjoined twins

    any by Nick Hornby

  4. you looking for girly? Mindless? Intellectual? Fiction, Non-fiction...?

  5. Read "American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story" by Cynthia True.
    "This Band Could Be Your Life" I can't recall the author, but it's about the underground music movement of the eighties.

  6. I have a list of links on my blog to all the books I have read this year. Some of the ones I have enjoyed the most have been:

    The Omnivore's Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals

    The Know-It-All : One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

    Rip It Up and Start Again : Postpunk 1978-1984

    Utterly Monkey : A Novel

    How I Paid for College : A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater (Teen's Top 10 (Awards))

    Bandbox (Harvest Book)


  7. The book is actually called:
    Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 and it is by Michael Azerrad
    (it's sitting on the bookcase in front of me)

    great book if you like indie music, and would be great read in conjuntion with Rip It Up.

  8. We should read Paul Auster. Since I'm not that far into Hotel World, I'm willing to put it down for The Book of Illusions.


  9. Have you read Andrea Levy's Small Island? It took me a while to get interested, but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  10. Ohh I second The Girls by Lori Lansen. Excellent book.

    But if you want to tickle your funnybone I heartily agree with the How I Paid for College recommendation. That book was awesome and funny. Definitely a must read.

  11. I'm sure I won't be much help, as I'm still in my funk, but I'd say a really good reread might be in order. I'm semi-reading Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Rushdie and I'm almost into it. It's the closest I've gotten in over a week!

    Or maybe go get the new Fables?

    And have you thought about trying Frank Miller's Sin City? I sort of liked the movie but the comic looks awesome.

  12. Island of the Sequined Love Nun, by Christopher Moore (who, by the way, is funny as all hell) :)

  13. If you haven't already, I recommend Wicked and Son of a Witch by ... um... dang, I forget the author! it's something like george or gregory mcguire. I liked them a lot.

    i'm always a fan of re-reading the classics (like P&P!)

  14. OH! reading the other recommendations made me remember one of the FUNNIEST books eva! "Youth in Revolt!" by CD Payne. hilarious!

  15. Island of the Sequined Love Nun, by Christopher Moore (who, by the way, is funny as all hell) :)

    *Any* of Chris Moores books are worth reading. He is damn funny.

  16. I loved Christopher Moore's latest, A Dirty Job.

    Hmm, have you read The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman? If you haven't, read it!

  17. I reading Tolkien now for the first time so I'm stuck in the "classics" right now. I've heard good things about Kept: A Victorian Mystery by D.J. Taylor but it may only be available via Amazon.UK

  18. please read Alias Grace so we can discuss!!!!! pleasepleaseplease?! Atwood of course

  19. Confessions of a Shopaholic. If you like funny this series is it! I just finished the 4th book and have since gotten 4 of my friends hooked on REbecca Bloomwood, the lead character. Sophie Kinsella is an awesomely funny writer!

  20. Hmm. I'm reading 'The Castle of Otranto' atm, that's quite good so far, kind of the literary equivalent of a goth ballgown.

    I would also totally recommend The Butterfly Tattoo, (it's also called The White Mercedes) by Phillip Pullman, which is probably one of my favourite books ever. It tears me up every time I read it. Anything Pullman is great, come to that.

    Terry Pratchett is great, I don't know if you like that kind of thing. If you haven't read anything by him, don't start with Colour of Magic, it's nowhere near as good as some of his later ones. The Monstrous regiment is my favourite, anout a girl who joins the army. Only book anout war I haven't been able to put down. The Guards ones are also good.

    If you fancy some YA, there's a a trilogy about Medieval Japan that begins with Across the Nightingale Floor that's brilliant, as is William Nicholson's Wind on Fire trilogy - slow starer, but it gets really good.

    God Andi, you had to get me started!

  21. I don't know what you like to read, or what you have already read. Consequently anything I mention here you might find either redundant or boring. And as a fledgling literary scholar, I would guess that you've read just about anything I could suggest in terms of fiction.

    I'll list five books that I did like, however. Decide for yourself:

    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison;

    The Perfect Spy by John La Carre;

    Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley;

    Native Son by Richard Wright;

    and the only work of non-fiction (it does, however discuss a particular history of literature).
    The Cultural Cold War by Frances Stoner Saunders.

  22. LE, I think my library book group read and enjoyed that one. Thanks!

    Funky, not sure! That's the problem!

    Todd, sounds yummy. Especially the music one.

    Amazing recs, lulu! Thanks so much for passing those along!

    Elise, August. It's on!

    Les, someone else mentioned that book recently. Had never heard of it, but your endorsement is good enough for me!

    Sassy, thanks a bunch. I could definitely use a laugh.

    Heatheroo, not sure what's wrong with me but I NEVER finished Haroun and the Sea of Stories! Isn't that sad?? I'll put it on the shortlist...along with Fables #7 AND Sin City!

    No One...I have yet to read anything of Moore's and he sounds sooo funny. Thanks! The title alone is scrumptious.

    Kitty! I like Gregory Maguire, actually. I read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister several years ago and liked it. Must read Wicked. I think I'm the last person on earth who hasn't.

    Heather, I haven' read The Dress Lodger but I always lust after the cover when I see it around. Thanks!

    Carl, I luuurv Tolkien. Enjoy! I've heard things about Kept. I think it's available in the US..must look.

    Cold, I don't think I have it on my person! I have Cat's Eye or whatever, but no Alias Grace. Maybe I'll pop by the library and pick it up. I love Atwood.

    Random Girl, I want to try those. Even one of my hard-nosed classics friends loves that series. And I like chick-lit, so I'm game.

    GG, goth ballgown! Fun! Thanks for all the recs. Those are great! I love Pullman.

    X, surprisingly enough, the only one on your list I've read is Frankenstein. I have both The Invisible Man and Native Son in my living room as we speak. Perhaps Native Son will be next. Thanks!

  23. I hope you're doing well. :)

  24. Thanks, Tish! Right back at ya! I've been reading, just haven't commented lately. :) You're a joy to read as always.

  25. I was looking at your reading list for this year and since you've read 'The Wizard of Oz' I thought you might also like 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass'.

    I don't have much to recommend from this year (it's been kind of a sad reading year so far) but last year I read 'If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things' by Jon McGregor and omg it was amazing. Also he has a new book out now so if you like the first one, not a long wait to read his other work. Also I keep trying hard to push 'The Piano Tuner' by Daniel Mason because it came as an editor's choice I didn't think I woudl like and it's on the 'permenant' shelf of my bookcase going on 4 years now. Finally a modern novel in verse, hmm intrigued? Start with Vikram Seth's 'The Golden Gate'.

  26. Into the Wild -- quick nonfiction
    If on a Winter's Night a Traveler -- so European

  27. How about Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje?

    It is a memoir of his familie's life in Ceylon and reads sort of like Gatsby, only with big snakes in it. It's gorgeous and poetic and magical. I can't believe I forgot to recommend it the first time.

  28. Have to agree with Good Girl. Read Castle of Otrano last year and it was quite fun, even moreso considering when it was written.

  29. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor,

  30. Jodie, those recs sound amazing! Thanks!

    Amanda, sounds yummy! I'm kind of in the mood for non-fiction.

    lulu, you're full of wonderful recommendations! Thanks again!

    Thanks for chiming in, Carl!

    Thanks a bunch, Suzz!


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