Thursday, September 22, 2011

summing up all of literature with admirable brevity...

so what are you reading right now?

alternately, what's the last thing you read that made you want to walk up to strangers, thrust the book at them and say, "READ THIS! g'head, i'll wait!"*

i'm reading arrow of the blue skinned god by jonah blank. it's a half a re-telling of the ramayana** and half a travelogue by a man who re-traced rama's journey in modern times. it's very cool, if you like india and/or hindu mythology. (which i do!) :)

i'm listening to in the garden of beasts, which is quite wonderful but rather depressing, being set in berlin, 1933, where the nazis are gaining power, the holocaust is brewing, and our luxurious 20/20 hindsight tells us that the worst is yet to come. (a much less horrifying book by erik larson is the devil in the white city!)

but i am still looking for a few good reads, so i'd ♥love♥ to hear your input!
i may be spending a bit of time on airplanes in october... and on the beach... good readin' venues... just sayin'... :) :) :)

*i mean metaphorically. irl, this would probably be a bad idea. unless you're oprah, in which case, carry on!

**speaking of the ramayana... sita sings the blues is one of the best and most original films i have ever seen. even if you're NOT very interested in the subject (india; hindu folk tales) it's arguably worth watching just for the amazing and unique animation style(s)! truly mind-blowing!


  1. I'll have to check out some of your recommendations - I've mostly been reading non-fiction stuff of late... I would recommend pretty much ANYTHING by Orson Scott Card or Stephen R. Donaldson, but especially scope out "Ender's Game" and "Songmaster" by Card and "The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever" (it's a trilogy) by Donaldson. One book that I re-read almost every year or so is "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee - it just never gets old. The book that I'd thrust at strangers, however, is "Mr. God, This is Anna" by Fynn. It's the true story of a little girl (aged 4-7 in the book) and has nothing to do with religion, despite the title. It made me look again - differently - at a lot of things...

  2. Best Cheezburger EVER. When I was 3yo I didn't believe that people could make sense of the words in a book…I actually thought it was sort of like the Emperor's New Clothes and everyone was just pretending because they were too embarrassed to admit that this was all a bunch of nonsense. LOL! Another scary insight into my brain…

    I am on a reading hiatus right now; sorry, no recommendations right now…I'm spending all my spare time playing with paper, not reading it :)

  3. I feel the same way about maths and numbers. Seriously? All that fuss for 10 numerals.

  4. After the visit to the Holocaust Museum on our trip, I'll have to check out in the garden of beasts ... Two of my favorites and very easy fun reads (that I like to keep re-reading) are Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Not Quite What I Was Planning (six word memoirs).

  5. PS - Rod just finished the Hunger Games and said they were a great read.

  6. LOVE this Chezburger. I wish I could report that I'm so cerebreal I read only nonfiction but alas, no. Currently I'm devouring George R. R. Martin (not literally as he would be a rather large, fuzzy bite or two) but his Game of Thrones series. I know, I know...64 year old reading fantasy how sad, but hey, sometimes a little escapist fantasy is a GOOD thing. xoxo

  7. I'm partial to historical fiction. If you haven't already read them, try Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It's the first in a series, and I'm re-reading them now. Sooo good. Scotland 1740s.

    And yes, GREAT Chezburger!


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