Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Read any good books lately?

I'm in a dry spell with books. I'm reading a few right now, but nothing that I'm super, duper into. Anyone have any recommendations for fabulous books (new or old, fiction or non)? Best Blogger Tips

8 comments:

TI said...

Hi Bug. I loved Terry Tempest Williams memoir, Refuge, which I read last month. I can also recommend Kazhuo Ishiguro's _Never Let Me Go_ (fiction). Some don't like it, but I was gripped. Andrea Levy's _A Small Island_ is great. From a craft perspective, it's interesting because most of it is first person narrative, but she has managed to master several different voices and points of view. TI

Bug said...

Thanks so much TI! I tried Never Let Me Go and didn't get into it. I'll give it another shot though. It might've been timing--I started it right before our residency and felt a lot of pressure with all the other stuff we had to read. And I'll def check out those others too. We're going to Maine for a week in August and I'm looking forward to reading a lot!

DJPare said...

I took the advice of someone who commented on your site and am reading "My sister's Keeper."
I picked it up, because I wanted to see how the author (she) did with writing through the voice of a variety of characters, Older and younger males and older and younger females. But it may be worth the read just for the really tough subject it tackles...

Bug said...

Thanks DJ! I actually read that one. I liked it!

bostonerin said...

Try "King Dork," by Frank Portman--he's created an excellent first person narrative voice. And it's really funny.

For something non-writing related, try Stanley Coren's "How Dogs Think." Fascinating stuff that'll give you insight to your eating machine, Chloe!

Bug said...

Thanks Erin! I'll check that out! I'm looking for books that have interesting POVs.

Kim G. said...

Sorry - I'm a bit late commenting on this one but I'm hoping that you'll still get my suggestions. Maeve Binchy is one of my favorite authors and a couple of her books are written from different character's points of view. There is one in particular about a group of people who ride a bus from a small town to Dublin. Also, I think Amy Tan's latest novel, "Saving Fish From Drowning" also shifts POV between the characters. She's also one of my favorites. I think she also did this with "Secret Sister". Good luck on this!

Bug said...

Thanks Kim! (And welcome!) I appreciate those suggestions. I have read some of Amy Tan's early stuff, but now I'll check out her newer work!

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