Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Book Recommendations?

So today I spent a lot of time reading (well, I also went to the doctor since I'm trying to get to the bottom of this vertigo business that is plaguing my life) in Chapters. I have been reading Wicked for about a week now and I am not that into it. I find it pretty boring so far, honestly. I'm pushing through (almost halfway!) but if I keep picking boring/hard to read books then I will never make my goal. I am looking to my dear readers to help me out. I need a few compelling, well written fast reads. They don't have to be "easy" and really, I am a snob, I hate really fluffy stuff. I actually read almost half of a book in Chapters- a memoir of someone with Asperger's syndrome. This is an easy read for me. Can anyone give me some suggestions? Some of my favorite books are by Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Wally Lamb... I also like non-fiction stuff but it has to be interesting. I am particularly bad with history or anything dry or really complicated. No Stephen Hawkings for me. Also no Rudy Wiebe. Thanks in advance!


Rebecca said...

How about The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald.

ambearo said...

Hmm, I have a book by her I haven't read yet (Fall On Her Knees?). I will look for it.

simone said...

One of my favorite books I've read in a long time is "The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz.

I also loved "What is the What" by Dave Eggers and "Out" by Natsuo Kirino.

Bryn said...

right now, i am super into charlaine harris.. but it is just fluff, easy to read fluff... seriously addicting but has no intellectual value.

I havent read your blog in a month, i have some catching up to do!

Carter said...

I picked up the Time Traveler's Wife today from the library!!!

Sev said...

shadow of the wind, carlos zafon

drowsyrabbit said...

Have you tried Margaret Forster? 'Diary of an Ordinary Woman' is interesting, and 'Over' made me ache.

She really gets inside the heads of her characters and gives the reader a lot to think about. Less plot-driven than most fiction, but not plotless. Much more character-centred. Beautiful, beautiful writing.

ambearo said...

Thanks for the recommendations everyone!!

Simone- I've been eying both the Diaz and Eggers books for awhile! Hmmm!

Brynn- You'll have to lend me one now that you're back in Edmonton.

Carter- Tell me what you think!!

Sev- Do you have that book? Once you move next door to me you can bring it over. Haha!

Jo- Never heard of Margaret Forster but I will keep an eye out for her stuff. I don't mind character driven novels at all!