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I miss reading. Give me book recs?

The last thing I read was The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which, as per its title really was amazing, and epic in the best way.

Date: 2008-03-18 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imayodelingfish.livejournal.com
Hm. No one's posted any recs yet. Probably because no one reads anymore.

Actually, the last thing I read purely for fun was Into the Wild. Which they just made into a movie. And thank goodness for that really. You shouldn't waste more than two hours of your life on that one.

However, I'm taking a Jane Austen class now, and yet I feel like I'm reading these books for fun. That means they are probably good.

I don't know if you've read Austen actually. But if you haven't...So far I've really liked Sense and Sensibility. Despite the two excruciating papers I've written on it. That means it must be REALLY good.

However, I hear Persuasion is supposed to be the best. I haven't read it just yet because I have decided not to read anything else Jane Austen lest I get all confused in class.

Mansfield Park was ok. That one's about a quiet girl who gets everything she wants by do absolutely nothing to stand up for herself. (And what she wants is to marry cousin...)

Pride and Prejudice is... well it's obviously excellent. But I think I find the ideas in Sense and Sensibility more interesting. Whereas I think there is more romanticism in Pride and Prejudice.

Date: 2008-03-18 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] veryshortlist.livejournal.com
Um, I'll try Austen, I suppose. But I don't think she's my style.

I watched Into the Wild. It was horribly depressing. So naturally, I sort of liked it. It was the white-rich-boy-teen-angst that really bugged me.

Date: 2008-04-02 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whitefang-yo.livejournal.com
My personal favorite would be Kurt Vonnegut. Anything by him is peachy, but if you've never read him before, here's a hint that english teachers don't get: you have to start with his lighter stuff before you work your way to his heavier stuff. A couple good places to start are Jailbird, Cats Cradle, and Slapstick. After you're got a hang of his style you can check out stuff like Breakfast of Champions and Slaughterhouse 5.

If you've already read Vonnegut than I've just waste a paragraph. If not, I hope that's helpful.

Some other books I have found interesting are Black Boy, by Richard Write, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neal Hurston, and perhaps On the Road by Jack Kerouac, if you're into the whole beatnik thing.

Date: 2008-04-02 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] veryshortlist.livejournal.com
I've read Cat's Cradle. I liked that a lot. though I couldn't get into Slaughterhouse 5. I'll try On the Road, since I do like that whole beatnik thing. Thanks!

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