My heart is doing the running man, and I feel like my eyes are sparkling. This must be love…
The Borders by my mall was having a store closing clearance, so of course, the bibliophile in me HAD to stop by for a peek. These are the gems I came away with (at a stellar price).
1. Stranger than Fiction:True Stories by Chuck Palahniuk
Previously, I’ve read Fight Club and Choke by Palahniuk both of which I found very provocative. When I read Choke, I was at an age where I found the vulgar, graphic nature of Palahniuk’s writing extremely shocking. At the time, the content was too mature for me so I definitely want to give that book another shot now that I am a grown up, responsible college student (ha! most of the time).
Great authors have great knots of inspiration tangled in their minds. Since Palahniuk writes some of the most twisted stories ever, he must have oodles of crazy thoughts inside his head. I would give up cupcakes for the rest of my life (maybe) to roam through those corridors for a day. I’m looking forward to Stranger than Fiction, because it’s the first nonfiction account of Palahniuk’s world that he’s ever written. So maybe I won’t have to give up cupcakes after all…
2. Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
I don’t know much about this particular book, but I hear The English Patient by Ondaatje is spectacular and definitely a top must-read for me. Great writers don’t just produce one hit wonders, so I’m interested in reading Ondaatje’s other works too. Chronologically speaking, Anil’s Ghost was published after The English Patient, but I think I will read it first. That way I get to save the best for last (assuming that, like the majority, I will enjoy The English Patient more).
3. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
I’ve heard so many raves about this book, and I am so happy I finally got my hands on a copy! And a lovely hardcover copy (only $8!) at that. I bought Shalimar the Clown by Rushdie in Hong Kong this summer, because the bookstore didn’t have Midnight’s Children. I never got around to reading it, but it definitely still holds a place on my reading list. However, I think the latecomer, Midnight’s Children, may have just bumped its literary sister down a step.
Since we are on the topic of books, I am currently reading 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. Loving it so far. I’ll post more thoughts after I turn the last page.
Complete list of books I read this summer:
1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (twice)
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
4. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
5. Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle by John Rolfe and Peter Troob
6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
7. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
I’m really excited about the new additions to my bookshelf, but I only have a day left before I go back to school. It’s difficult to squeeze in reading time during the crazy hectic year, but thank goodness there’s always the promise of next summer to read like a chain smoker again.
If any of you have book suggestions, don’t be shy…leave me a comment!