Sunday, June 25, 2006

Anyone have any summer reading recommendations?

For the first time since college, I'm actually reading consistently. Highlights of the books I've gone through in the past couple months:

- Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (HIGHLY recommended, esp. Interpreter of Maladies)

- Freakanomics - Pleasantly surprised a lot of people actually like this, as did I.

- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince -- Liked it. . . but not sure what to make of it overall (Too derivative? Anyone?)

- Septimus Heap -- A Potter knockoff. . . OK for reading on an airplane

Seriously, I had to ramp myself up into actual books with words and stuff, but am very happy to be reading again. I had to 'revert' a little by mowing through a bunch of comic books, then upgrading myself to 'books that read like TV' (IE books based on TV shows, pulp fantasy novels from the 2oth century, etc.). . . and then relying on Mr. Jennings for some high quality fiction that I would actually like (IE: Interpreter of Maladies) . . . so hurrah for book readin'.

3 comments:

Balah said...

I don't know, but thanks to you raving about that Maladies book I went out and bought The Namesake.

bourgogne said...

the kite runner by khaled hosseini.

also, my secret history by paul theroux. good beach reading. (old book from the 90s i think). i read that on vacation last week.

i just started underworld by don delillo. dunno if i like it yet.

Nobis said...

Memoir type stuff: Both Kick Me and Superstud by Paul Feig are hilarious. Anything by Sarah Vowell, especially Take the Cannoli. David Sedaris too.

Non-fiction: I dug Blink by Malcolm Gladwell a lot. Haven't gotten to Freakanomics yet, but it's in the pile.

I loved Underworld, but it took me a looong time to get through it.

Graphic novel: I'm currently digging La Perdida by Jessica Abel.
Happy reading hombre.