Monday, March 15, 2010

Any good books?

I'm in between books now, deciding on what to read next. The last book I read was Arkham Asylum, a Batman comic book. It was pretty intense. Have you ever listen to a comic book on CD? It's quite the experience. I listened to an audio version of a Batman comic book at work last summer. It was really hard to concentrate on my work. I just wanted to sit and listen to the amazing action going on between my two ears.

Does anyone have any good recommendations for a book to read? I like non-fiction stuff and some novels. I want to read some classics, but those are tough to get into sometimes. Any recommendations on a classic literature book that isn't tough to get into? I liked Frankenstein. The writing in that book was so satisfyingly beautiful to read, and it helped that I knew the plot already, too.


ali said...

why yes i do have some awesome book suggestions!
- the hunger games series
- you would probably like "the loved one". it's a bit creepy and weird though.
- davinci code
- richard evans (he's an author, not a title)

and plenty more but i just can't think of any right now...
hope you enjoy reading!!

Kathy Haynie said...

"West With the Night" by Beryl Markham. The story of living in Africa - a white woman who was a bush pilot in the 30s. Moving and beautifully written - very evocative of Africa. I have a copy I can send to you, if you would like.

Chris said...

i recommend reading Charlie Wilson's War, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, and any of the Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout.
Charlie Wilson was a congressman from Texas who manipulated the political system with a sneaky CIA officer and are kind of responsible for the United States' involvement in the Soviet/Afghan debacle through the 80's. It is really fun to read, especially if you like non-fiction. It has intrigue, power, and money mixed in with romantic scenes of mountain rebels fighting off the invading Red Army.

Imperial Life in the Emerald City is a National Book Award finalist about the beginning of the American occupation of Iraq and particularly Baghdad, in the Green Zone (hence the Emerald City line). It is really easy to understand, which is saying a lot considering it is covering such recent events (2003-2004). It is not politically incendiary and the author doesn't have an agenda. I think you would love it and try to get other people to read it.

Nero Wolfe is a fictional detective in the 1920's-1950's (the time period of the series is never given, which is part of the fun) who is fat and rich. He hates to go outside and always takes four hours a day to go and tend to his orchids on his roof. He has a sidekick, Archie Goodwin, who is the narrator of the stories. Archie loves to drink milk and go dancing. They live in a brownstone in New York City and get lots of eccentric clients. They are the best books of a series I have read and they are really funny. They have made about 15 of them into films that libraries often carry. I didn't like the first one I saw, but I didn't give it a good chance either. Now I am just waiting until I have forgotten the stories so I can go watch them all over again. The shows are remarkably true to the stories.

Also I recommend reading A Land So Strange by Andres Resendez. It is the story of Cabeza de Vaca, a 16th century explorer who crashed on the coast of Florida and traveled 600 miles to Mexico City. There were hundreds who crashed but only 4 made it to Mexico City alive. It is a great story told in a great book.

If you ever find a good book about Ernest Shackleton, he has a good story too.

I recommend you read Approaching Zion while you are in Utah. You can find Hugh Nibley's stuff easily out there, but it is really hard to get it outside of heavily mormon populated areas. I have to get his books through ILL. I saw that Ashburn public library has some of his books though. That is cool.

Good luck finding some good books.
PG Wodehouse is good. So is MArk Twain. And I have Shelby Foote's Civil War books waiting for me on my shelf. I need to be unemployed for a couple of months.