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I'm hungering to spend my paycheck on books- any suggestions?

What are your book reccomendations and why?

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tentaclos
May. 6th, 2004 06:26 am (UTC)
Hmm... I feel kinda crappy for not having any good suggestions. I mainly have a bunch of ideas for stuff I've gotta read...so I dunno if they're good yet. Still, I feel obligated to give at least one! So, The Great Gatsby. Why?Because it's the last book I read, and I've read it twiced so it must be good.
Or, you could get your money trans..duced into american dollars & send it to me & i'll type up some crap & mail it to you.
rainsinger
May. 6th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
Great Gatsby is indeed a rather good book. I should re-read it, I only now appreciate most of the stuff that was forced into my cranium at school.

Or, you could get your money trans..duced into american dollars & send it to me & i'll type up some crap & mail it to you.

Even though the $ is not doing as well as the £ and I enjoy your writing, I'm too much of a miser poor. ;)
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meepettemu
May. 6th, 2004 06:42 am (UTC)
If you want "Lucky", i have it :o)

"Memoirs of an ordinary woman" is just that. I forget who wrote it, but it's a fictional diary of a woman born in 1903 (ish), and goes from when she is 13, to about 70. Intruiging.

"Notes on a small scandal" Zoe Heller - about a female teacher who gets into a relationship with a 15yr old male student

"the bride stripped bare" - Anonymous. A woman's story of marriage and affairs.

I was going to give you another but it seems like all my books are based on sex, so i won't! I have all those books tho, so you're welcome to borrow instead (which doesn't help the wanting to buy urges!

I need more books. I almost bought the atwood you mentioned, but bought something else instead, Alias Grace i think ;o)

You look sad, but purple.
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rainsinger
May. 6th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC)
yessssss, feeeeed my addiction.....
*bouncy bouncy bouncyness*

so when you get home does that mean I can look forward to additions to the list? :D

I love Alice Sebold! I've read both The Lovely Bones and Lucky- even though I had to read them over a period of months because they were quite triggering and made me howl.

The Reader and Stones from the River sound great, I'll check it out. :)

*state of blissed out anticipatory extasy*
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rainsinger
May. 6th, 2004 07:12 am (UTC)
I loved Lady Oracle although The Robber Bride is my first Atwood and probbaly my favourite. Having said this The Blind Assassin (a bit on the long side) contains one of my favourite ever lines : "And then the girl who couldn't speak and the boy who couldn't see fell in love".
coalproximity
May. 6th, 2004 10:01 am (UTC)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera. If you haven't read it, you would probably adore it. I think so, at least.
rainsinger
May. 6th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
I've read it and I've loved it. :)

Have you read/liked any of his other books?
lillfive
May. 6th, 2004 10:45 am (UTC)
You might like "Blackbird" and "Still Waters" by Jennifer
Lauck. They should be read together to get the full effect
and story. But I thought they were wonderful. Non-fiction.
The only fiction book I've read lately is "Mysts of
"Avalon" and I thought it was wonderful.

David Sedaris is always good for a great, funny read.

I have no other suggestions. I read about serial killers
and history usually so no one ever wants my books
suggestions ;)
rainsinger
May. 6th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
I really like history books you know :)

Have you ever read anything by Guy Gavriel Kay? He writes fantasy but it is based on the history of our world. And rather witty at times. (If you are interested I reccomend The Lions of Al-Rassan, and the Sarantine Mosaic books 1 and 2)

Mysts of Avalon I've read ages ago I think, I wonder if it has survived charity shop purges so I can read it again.

I've never heard of David Sedaris but I'll check it out. I've never heard of Jennifer Lauck either but I'll keep an eye. :)
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dubaiyan
May. 6th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
2 from Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle for its escapist charm

Fire and Hemlock for its web of legendary allusions and not-nice fairies :D

...I do read other authors, btw :D
rainsinger
May. 6th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 from Diana Wynne Jones
Ooooooh. More things I've never heard of. Which is terrific because I'm always happy to discover new authors.
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nanji
May. 7th, 2004 04:39 am (UTC)
calling all children of Stan

Dude I believe in discovering books and chancing upon them - so I can lead you to water but i respect you enough to let you choose to drink by yourself :

Go to Camden Market, they have lots of obscure "bookshops" or just bookshelves on the street - you can find really obscure TOTALLY out of Print (capital "P") books on astrology. Real weird shit which i adore - of the type of books I gave you last week. The obtuse almost indecipherable work of "Genius ? or Mad ??" authors. Well worth spending £1.50 to £8 on.

And you get to go Camden Market and look at people selling wands for £150, "um, so is this birch or willow ?" "Cristal mate, only 200 quid".
oh ! and get your hand read by that strange woman. and laugh at those quilts with the zodiac stitched onto it (a little too Madame Irma for me), and see the live bands get kicked out of the pubs they were hired to perform in, get a new navel stud (still can't believe i didn't buy that fabulous one..still mourning it), and see the people with their pink hair! and plastic in their hair! and ten-inch platforms..

It's almost worth staying alive for.

Have a cup of that green stuff for me
("wheatgrass"?)

love

N*
rainsinger
May. 7th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: calling all children of Stan
wheatgrass? I've never heard of that.

however I have had pear and ginger juice which was green and very refreshing.

Camden is a good idea though. I also believe in books finding their way to me and I to them, like star-crossed lovers but I'm usually too lazy to walk to Camden so I scout out all the local charity shops (and I've found some wonderful weirdery - including Pictures of British Railway Stations and Train tracks, Volume 1. I am still guttered I didn't get it.

I found some astrology book from 1940s the other day and I tried to read it but nearly had an asthma attack from all the dust. Have been looking forward to delving into your two ones though :)
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