I’ve been in a funk lately, and I’m dying for a good book to read. I don’t care if it’s a comic book, fiction, non-fiction, or a religious text. It just has to be a book that swings for the fences. A book that won’t let me put it down. A book that smacks me around and makes me want to live.
Leave me a comment if you can fill this tall order, please.
Or just tell me your favorite book.
Feed me some ideas.
Haven’t finished it yet, but I’m reading Watchmen for a class (the graphic novel). It’s very well drawn & seems fairly political thus far.
i’ve read that!
what class are you reading it for?
You still haven’t read my #1 all time favorite book – Agatha Christie’s Autobiography
Let’s see… glancing through my book reviews for the last year… I’d suggest, more or less in this order, alternating inspirational intellect with inspirational hijinks…
Ordinary People, Judith Guest
Plastic Man, the newer Kyle Baker stuff
The Paris Review Interviews, I
The Surrogates, Robert Venditti
The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson
Reed L says
You mentioned planning to read The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay back in June – if you haven’t yet, and you aren’t saving it… well, it’s flippin’ great. And as far as Murakami goes, I’d recommend Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. But Hard-Boiled Wonderland isn’t nearly as epic as Kavalier and Clay.
Reading it for Narrative & Digital Technology, which is a class for the game design minor taught by Laura Mandell. We’re reading it in order to see how graphic novels/video games relate.
Lord of the barnyard or The dice man. The last one really shook me up. The first one is just a beautiful story.
Whenever I feel that way I just reach for The Cute Manifesto. Or any nearby Lynda Barry book, but you know that already.
Oh! Read Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. Ignore everything else I said.
Tim Walker says
–Kavalier & Clay
–Yiddish Policeman’s Union
And in the non-Chabon category:
–Love in the Time of Cholera
–One Hundred Years of Solitude
And in the non-Chabon/non-Garcia Marquez/nonfiction category:
–Mountains Beyond Mountains
Man, this is when i LOVE having a blog—thank you all!
Maggie Jochild says
Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass, The Amber Spyglass, The Subtle Knife) — supposedly for children, but way deeper and better than Harry Potter
Annie Lamott’s books of essays — Traveling Mercies, Plan B, Operating Instructions, Bird by Bird
Liar’s Club and then Cherry by Mary Karr (gut-wrenching working-class Texas memoir)
PrairyErth: A Deep Map by William Least-Heat Moon
A History of God by Karen Armstrong (actually, anything by her)
The Chanur series (five books total), best sci-fi ever, by C.J. Cherryh — I read this every half-year
Ander Monson’s “Other Electricities” swings for the fences, and connects. As does James Meek’s “The People’s Act of Love.”
The current JKB favorite (we’re all working on them, I just started) Steven King’s Dark Tower Series.
The first is The Gunslinger!
With King, it’s pop all the way…not too easy to put down…reads fast…and it has a hardass gunslinger main character!
Austin Kleon says
I really, really love that everyone’s posted so many suggestions! Thank you!
THINGS I’VE READ ALREADY:
Other Electricities (****)
Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott (****)
One Hundred Years of Solitude
THINGS YOU MENTIONED WHICH HAVE BEEN ON MY LIST, so I’ll hit them first:
A History of God, Karen Armstrong (I REALLY want to read this one)
The Pullman Trilogy
The Dark Tower
Keep ’em comin’ if you get ’em!
wonderous book just read tracy chevalier’s latest “burning bright” how can you go wrong when william blake is one of the characters!
I also seem to the zone of reading books about fictional characters. recently finished “march” by geraldine brooks – all about what mr. march was up to when he was away – fantastic book (brooks wrote one of my all time favorite books ‘year of wonders’ about the black death amazing novel) and currently reading “finn” another book about a character not often thought of – in this case huck’s father….so far so good.
always recommended – the dark is rising series by susan cooper.
you asked for it…. today’s post on the mouse is related….concerns my bookgroups upcoming ‘year of reading’ if interested….
The Pullman trilogy is really good from what I’ve heard…I’m working on The Golden Compass right now.
I was surprised how elegant/intelligent Pullman’s writing is, especially after reading Harry Potter…
The Foundation Series by Issac Asimov (so good!)
i have been planning to read shelley jackson’s “half-lives” for a while, and i do know the first couple of chapters are really good.
Austin Kleon says
thanks everyone for your suggestions!!
I know this is late but I second, third and fourth Shelley Jackson’s half life and also suggest robinson by muriel spark. If you haven’t read Mothers & Other Monsters yet do so immediately. More reviews at my blog if you are interested…
Have you read Ursula LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness?
Austin Kleon says
No, Stuart, I haven’t. I’ve heard she’s good.
Carrie: Maureen’s book is awesome, isn’t it?