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On Books (Reprise)

Adi asked: I know that this may be far fetched but what books(not childrens stories..lol) have you read lately and any recommendations.

Well let's see - I haven't read all that much since March when I posted every book I have read since 2001, but here are the updates:

The Delivery Man by Joe McGinniss Jr.
The Steep Approach to Garbadale by Iain Banks
Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury
I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Rant by Chuch Palahniuk
How Evan Broke his Head and Other Secrets by Garth Stein
The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
I Was Told There's be Cake by Sloane Crosley
The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
Haunted by Chuch Palahniuk
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Exit A by Anthony Swofford
Richistan by Robert Frank
Traveler by Ron McLarty
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
The Psycho Ex Game by Merrill Markoe and Andy Prieboy
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
Hotel World by Ali Smith
One Mississippi by Mark Childress
Prodigy by Dave Kalstein
When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Just After Sunset by Stephen King
The Rabbit Factory by Marshall Karp (In progress)

As for the ones I recommend that you read?

The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
Great book, I won't even try to describe it, just read it.

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
Has a lot of holes (oh my, oh yes) but very entertaining and a good read. May help if you share my obsession totally normal levels of interest in serial killers.

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
I wish this book had been eight times longer. Maybe eighty times longer, and how often can you say that? Interesting, though provoking, made me want to call the author and say no, wait, you can't just leave me like that, I have all these questions.

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
If you were one of the many of us who spent 2001 and 2002 hiding in your cubicle hoping you would not be the next one getting laid off, this book will be very familiar. Hey! I guess it is highly relevant again right now! See how out of touch I am with not working for three years? A nice break from the usual linear story arc, and another book where you come to the end and turn the page hoping for just a little bit more.

The Rabbit Factory by Marshall Karp
Ok, I'm actually not very far into this one yet, but if you read it and mention it on your blog there is a good chance that you'll get a comment from the author, and that's gotta be fun, right? Also, it's pretty funny, and I have no sense of humor, so if I think something is funny it must mean it's pretty damned funny or else I wouldn't notice.

Comments (6)

Given your two small children, I am very impressed by the list! I would like to read smart or even semi-smart books, but I like romances. I know, I know. But I think until I graduate and move on from textbooks, that'll likely be all I read for fun :P
(Well, that and serial killer-type pulp fiction. Because I'm all about romance and murder, apparently.)

I'm reading the new Wally Lamb and it's impossible to put down. Give it a try, esp if you liked any of her others.

this couldn't have come at a better time. i'm just about to finish Blindness and had nothing on the horizon!

I LOVED A Brief History of the Dead and keep trying to get other people to read it. I'm so glad to hear about someone else loving it.

I LOVED Then We Came to the End! The first part of it, I thought I was going to HATE it, but then I completely fell under the spell.

Wow, I'm impressed by how many books you have managed to read. Thanks for the suggestions.

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