Open Forum: What Books Are You Reading?

In the interest of sharing and caring, we're going to try something new. We all love books. Books sustain us, they enlighten us, they look great on our shelves from Ikea. So, as part of a new installment called Open Forum, we want to know what books you're reading.

To start us off, here are a few recommends from Alex and Eliza.

Alex: I have apparently been into short fiction recently. I'd suggest Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway, and Bigfoot: I Not Dead by Graham Roumieu. I think you'll find that all I read are stories about unhappy monsters.




Eliza: I'm currently reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I'd suggest Naked Economics, all of Gwendolyn Brooks, and Eric Carle's The Very Quiet Cricket (comes with built-in sound chip!). At least one children's book, please. Like, Barebones-enstein Bears. Were those bears jewish? What's with the Stein?




Above, we've provided appropriate links that highlight just how cheap and accessible these books are. Just sayin'. You know... You could have like 10 new books for like 20 bucks... just, you know. Just sayin'...

So, pipe up! Share the books you've been reading! Share the books that have "changed your life" or whatever!

14 comments:

Daxson said...

Books also smell good. Am I the only book-sniffer, or are there others out there?

Some of my favorites just happen to be little kids' books. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, which is an awesome story of a kid who finds out what happens when you take the English language seriously; and The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (and Six More) by Roald Dahl, which is a collection of short stories. The title work is my favorite, it's about a man who tells how he went to study with some guy in India or something and learns to meditate and concentrate his thoughts to the point that he can see through objects and uses it to gamble. It's written more seriously that most of his other works, it's pretty awesome.

eliza.e.campbell said...

I've read that Henry Sugar guy! And his slim fingers! That's what I remember most. What are the other ones in there? I'm trying to remember. Roald Dahl is a craazy mofo. Have you read his autobiography about how he was in WWI? And lost his nose?

Lara said...

I've been reading the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. I love it! Alternate timelines! Dodos! Jumping in and out of books! Time travel! Neanderthals! Awesome.

Daxson said...

Yeah, the other stories in there are The Swan, about a boy who gets picked on by bullies and tied to some train tracks and other terrible things; there's a true story about a farmer who found some gold Roman artifacts in his field, and a couple others I can't remember. Pretty great overall.

redneckzilla said...

@Lara: Isn't that the guy who wrote The Eyre Affair? What's up with all of these farcical excursions into literary works? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies type stuff? What's up with that?

Kelsie Lynn said...

Through recomendation and because I want to go to India, I am reading Eat, Pray, Love.
her voice was so great at the start but now that she is writing about her stay in Italy, I just don't find her writing as good.

Still, pretty inspiring book for someone who has had a really super bad and expensive divorce or something.

Kelsie Lynn said...

oh also, a recent penguin classic that I just picked up - Postcards from surfers.

havent read it yet, but the blurb looked good. I think it's aussy.

Also- SAFRAN FOER has risen to be one of my favourite writers.

Austin said...

I'm a big fan of the Boxcar Children books. I read about one a week. Sometimes the conclusions to the mysteries are a little hard to understand...was it Mr. Manning who stole the money and did Ms. Stevens watch him do it? Lol...I just like when they all go back to live in the boxcar at the end.

Austin said...

ok but fer real...I've been wanting to get my hands on some raymond carver for far too long...alex, I'm totes borrowing it from you.

Daxson said...

@kelsie: i think your MOM'S aussie.

Kelsie said...

@Daxson: SHE'S ACTUALLY AMERICAN.

Barry said...
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Barry said...

Gene Wilder's Kiss Me Like A Stranger

The B. Hite said...

Freakonomics!

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