Thursday, January 8, 2009

Whatcha readin'?

I know this isn't a terribly inspired blog post, but hey, they can't all be. Besides, my TBR list is dwindling, and I'm not digging the book I just started. (After Dark by Haruki Murakami--what am I not getting? Should I stick with it?)

I recently finished The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga and it was amazing--all about the social order in India and its crude underbelly told from the POV of a homicidial servant. I spent about a month in some of the poorer rural villages in Eastern India some years ago, so any books about India, especially the lower castes, appeal to me.

Before that, I read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski and ended up enjoying it despite its sloooow start.

Any recommendations for me?

15 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

Almost done with Maas' Writing the Breakout Novel (thanks to a contest Amy Nathan ran a while back). Good stuff. Got some new Billy Collins poetry books for Christmas, so that's next.

colbymarshall said...

I need to give it some thought- lately I've been having trouble staying "into" anything longer than a day, lol!

WendyCinNYC said...

Angie--Did I ever tell you my BC story? Email me if not. It's NSFW.

Colby--I know what you mean.

ac said...

I'm rereading The Bluest Eye from Toni Morrison for the thousandth time.

Janna Qualman said...

Sheesh! I don't read anything "deep" enough for you. ;)

Have you read Love in the Time of Cholera? It sits behind me, in the TBR pile. I thought today I might pick it up next.

Janna Qualman said...

Ooh, the BC story's a good one...

Melanie Avila said...

I just finished The Liar's Diary by Patry Francis and LOVED it. Some of the reviews said the ending was predictable/forced, but I didn't think so. Very intriguing.

Now I'm reading 78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published & 14 Reasons Why It Just Might, by Pat Walsh. It's a fairly quick read.

Janna, good luck. It took all my strength to finish that book.

Rafael said...

Nothing much, just a how-to book on writing movie scripts.

AmyS. said...

LOVED The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. It's long at 735 pages (for some, but not if you read Edgar Sawtelle) and a great read. Lamb is such a great writer.

WendyCinNYC said...

Thanks for the recos, AC, Janna, and Melanie.

Rafael--I'm curious about writing scripts. Have you written one before?

Rafael said...

Nope. That is why I'm reading up on it Wendy. I think I may give ScriptFrenzy a try, not sure yet. That and I think some of my projects could expand into TV or movies. Better learn how to do it now rather than later.

It would certainly make me more marketable if I could write in more venues.

Janna Qualman said...

Really, Melanie? Poo. Although, the three novels I ordered last week came today, so I'll likely start one of those...

Dawn Colclasure said...

I just finished reading a book. Nonfiction. Now I'm looking for another book to read. My husband has kept trying to push on me INFERNO by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle so I might finally start reading it. Tried reading Duma Key by Stephen King but it put me to sleep -- literally.

Melanie Avila said...

Janna, I don't want to scare you off. I think you'll be able to tell pretty quickly if you like it or not.

Anita said...

I'm a book recommendation columnist...just let me know what you're in the mood for. Kinda Scary? THE SURGEON by Gerritsen. Literary? WHEN THE ELEPHANTS DANCE by Holthe. Fun mystery? THE SPELLMANS by Lutz. Paranormal Romance? THE ACCIDENTAL DEMON SLAYER By Fox. Thriller? Anything by Coben or Baldacci.

Also, I just talked my husband into reading TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Of course, he loved it.