Anyone who knows me knows I’m a voracious reader. I go through spurts – reading 5 books in 7 days, then not having a book to read for week on end. The bookless portions drive me up the wall, and when I can’t take it any more, I go on a book binge with Amazon. I just went through a bookless phase, and now I’m back with a vengeance.
On my list lately:
- An Object of Beauty – Steve Martin
I’ve never read Shopgirl; what really turned me on to Mr. Martin was The Pleasure of My Company. A bit quirky, but a delightful read. Object of Beauty mixes the same fun & wit with a more grounded character and a darker plot. I’m currently tearing my way through this one.
- My Friend Leonard – James Frey
A follow-up to his notorious Million Little Pieces, this book is full of twists and turns and edge-of-your-seat writing. I love his run-on sentences and descriptions despite my tendency to be a stickler for grammar & punctuation – they seem so much more full of emotion this way. Both books are just as good even when you know they’re … embellished.
- The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
This book makes every reading list I ever create. I just re-read it for what could be the 4th time during my trip to Florida, and it never disappoints.
- The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
With the Harry Potter series over, I obviously needed a young-adult guilty-pleasure read! I am already excited for the movie…
I recently took a writing class that recommended several books, including “Boy Alone,” “Running in the Family,” “My Dark Places,” and “Stop Time” – all memoirs.
Anyone have any other good suggestions? I usually grab ideas from what people are reading on the subway, but with Kindles its much harder to spy.