Friday, September 21, 2007

What should I read next?

Any suggestions?


David L. McAfee said...

You could read my book ;)

Seriously, here's a suggestion: Lottery, by Patricia Wood.

angelle said...

Did you bother finishing Snow?

What have I read that you haven't that I've absolutely adored? Whatever it is, you should read it.

Have you read The Road yet?? You know how I feel about that book.

Lisa said...

I keep hoping someone else will read The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolano so I can hear an untainted opinion on it. I haven't read it, but it's gotten a lot of great reviews.

For a quick read -- I recently read Old School, by Tobias Wolff and I really liked it. It's the ultimate aspiring novelist's novel.

One of my favorite books is The Dogs of March, by Ernest Hebert. It was published in 1979 - Hebert teaches writing at Dartmouth and the story is set in New Hampshire. I'm from Boston and spent a lot of time in southern NH and the setting really resonates with me. I've never been quite sure the book will work as well for someone not as steeped in that area.

I've recommended Ian McEwan's On Chesil beach to a few people and an equal number have loved it and hated it.

Have a great weekend!

The Writers' Group said...

For non-fiction, I recommend Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson, Personal History by Katharine Graham (awarded the Pulitzer), and The Places In Between by Rory Stewart.

Fiction, let's read across genres. How about Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan for a fun read, Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward if you're looking for a bit of intensity, and Jon Clinch's Finn for its sheer brilliance, and for writing to make you weep, Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss.

Happy reading!


Jill Myles said...

In an effort to be less genre, I have HOUSE OF LEAVES on my desk waiting to be read...and you should too.

I hate reading alone. *g*

Vivian said...

My What to Read Next List is a stack of books on a bench in my front hall. Here's what's on it (not counting the two coffee-table books about U2 that my son gave me for Christmas, and the half-dozen litmags): The Interloper (Antoine Wilson); Breath, Eyes, Memory (Edwidge Danticat); Loverboy (Victoria Redel); All the Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy); What is the What (Dave Eggers--I actually got halfway through this and then started something else); Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling); The Law of Dreams (Peter Behrens); The View from Castle Rock (Alice Munro); I Like It Better Now (James B. Hall); The Long and Short of It (Pamela Painter); The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Sherman Alexie); and No One Belongs Here More than You (Miranda July).

I'll probably read the last one on the list first. Or maybe not. There are so many on the list, I'm having trouble deciding. I'm a promiscuous buyer of books I don't have enough time to read. I can't walk into a bookstore without walking out with something. Maybe I should join a 12-step program.