Thursday, October 17, 2013

Nosehair-Grabbin' Books

SOMETIMES you need a book that will grab you by the nosehairs. That will hook its claws into you and not let go until the book is done. Whenever the work life and my personal life are busy, I really need this type of book to keep me going--to give me some reading momentum.

For instance, this month I've found it really hard to be monogamous to books. I start and stop and shuffle them around without really settling down. I need a book to suck me in and not let go. One of those books that can inspire me to stay up a few minutes later or drag lunch out a bit longer.

If you get into this same state, I want you to have a fall back list. Here are some nosehair grabbin' books I recommend...

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel with some fun twists. A girl finds a ghost down a well and it's all downhill from there.

Relish by Lucy Knisley was charming and gorgeously illustrated and just super fun and cute, just like Lucy Knisley herself.

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan doesn't get nearly enough attention. It's a collection of quirky short stories with even quirkier illustrations. Just beautiful!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is just a rip-roaring, gut-bubbling good time. There's lots of gore, but who cares? It's a super fast adventure. 

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson looks like a random choice, but it's amazeballs! I read it for library school several years ago and loved this historical middle-grade novel about a young girl working in textile mills. 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is not a book for young readers. That's what Neil says, and I agree, but it fell into this bunch because of it's child narrator and magical plot. Read it in a day, y'all. 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is just gush-worthy. I read it earlier this year, it's short, and it's a hauntingly gorgeous and unsettling story. 

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is a heart-wrenching story of a Chinese family dealing with some really heavy stuff. But I'll be dipped if I could put it down!

Sarah Addison Allen is always a go-to for me when I need a book to pump up my reading mojo. Garden Spells is probably my fave, but running a close second is The Girl Who Chased the Moon. 

My Life in France by Julia Child is one of those books I stumbled into by accident. I'm actually reading it now along with three other books. I was stuck in a meeting, I had my tablet/e-reader, and things happened. 

What books would you recommend to de-slumpify? To recharge your reading batteries? 

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