In the last few weeks, I finished American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman and the Hunger Games Trilogy so my WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT bar is high, which is why I’m coming to you smarty-pants reading readers.
I have 67 books on my “to-read” list on Goodreads, but last night, as I scrolled through them, I mostly said to myself (because cool people talk to themselves): Wow! I thought I’d like that book?
I finally settled on The Ninth Life of Louis Drax: A Novel on the recommendation of my friend, Tara, because she and I have a lot of book-loving overlaps. She recommended World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War to me, which pretty much changed my life. And she’s actually the only person that I’ve ever known to read more and faster than I do. I seriously think she might not sleep. (Hi Tara!)
But I’ll be done with my new book this weekend because, when I’m intrigued by a book, I pretty much devour it like a yellow batter cake with butter cream frosting and red flowers (dropping the birthday hints early this year).
Here some background: I am an eccentric reader. I like fiction and nonfiction. I can’t honestly say that there’s a genre I dislike although western and romance would have to work REALLY REALLY hard to be on my to-read list. I probably can’t stomach pointless horror, but I read every Stephen King book in middle school so my brain does consider Langoliers to be worrisome.
I want the characters to challenge me and the story lines to draw me in before it spits me out. I like well-paced book. Don’t get all ethereal on me unless it’s done with purpose (like Toni Morrison). And I hated overly detailed books (I’m looking at you and your three page description of bathroom tiles, Dostoevsky).
I like books that don’t pretend to be more than they are because I’m willing to meet any book where it’s at but don’t lie to me and pretend to be insightful when really it’s just trying to make me cry (Hi Jodi Picoult! I did like that one book!)
If a book feeds stereotypes without even realizing it, I won’t waste my time (which is why you should NOT recommend The Help to me).
As a final insight, here some of are my favorite books:
- â€¨Cat’s Eye By Margret Atwood
- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincolnâ€¨ by Doris Goodwin
- Mother Night: A Novelâ€¨ by Kurt Vonnegut
- As I Lay Dyingâ€¨ by William Faulkner
- Tender Is the Nightâ€¨ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Sandman Series (graphic novels) by Neil Gaiman
- Calvin and Hobbes (I own every comic) by Bill Watterson
But the next book(s) I read don’t have to be favorites. Those are six-ish books out of thousands that I’ve read. I just need help finding some that are good and interesting. You are good and interesting so you’re the BEST people to ask, right?
So I ask: What should I read next?
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