Wednesday, March 16, 2011

on the rainbow bridge tonight

I foresee a trip to the library in my near future, and I could use a few recommendations. I've been reading an inordinate number of non-fiction books lately, enjoying them immensely, don't get me wrong, but I think it's time to change back to some fiction.

I used to read fiction almost exclusively, but slowly the scales have been tipping in the other direction. I still have a stack of non-fiction on my bedside table at the moment, but I think I'll leave those for the time being, in favour of a little make believe.

I promise to choose a work of fiction that someone recommends. Suggestions?

12 comments:

leazwell said...

Olive Kitterage, Water Music

John Mutford said...

Shelf Monkey or The Road

kelly said...

A book I would like to read is called "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein.

Karen said...

The Count of Monte Cristo - my alltime favourite book. Revenge is better than Christmas.

L said...

In contrast to my own non-fiction kick lately, I have been reading Pride and Prejudice which is tough to do in conjunction with anything else, as I have to think about language so much while reading it. Where for art thou proper language go? Okay, well that's not exactly the correct era but you understand.
Anyway, all this to say that I just received a copy of a book called "Under the Banner of Heaven" with strong reviews, so I hope to get to it in the next week. The story is tough, but at least I don't have to calculate time of fortnights and such! :)

27thstreet said...

Since today is St. Patrick's Day, I'll recommend an Irish novel: The Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor.

Allison said...

I've been on an autiobiography kick recently, so I don't really have any good fiction recommends. Hopefully you'll be able to find some good selections though!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks for your input, everybody! I now have a great list with which to tackle my friendly neighbourhood library. I'll keep you posted on what I am able to secure.

Ruhee said...

I'm late to the party, but some things I have recently loved:

In the Skin of a Lion, Michael Ondaatje
Push, Sapphire
Gut Symmetries, Jeannette Winterson
The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon

I can tell you about all of them if you like.

Also, I know you don't want any more non-fiction but in case you change your mind, I recently re-read Renee Fleming's autobiography The Inner Voice and just love it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The Ondaatje book is the only one of these that I have read, Ruhee, so I am adding the others to my list. I shall be armed when I enter that library! Thanks.

Moxie said...

Here are my recent fiction reads I'd recommend: Juliet, Naked - Nick Hornby; Await Your Reply - Dan Chaon; Great House - Nicole Krauss.

If you like short stories I would highly recommend the interlinked short story collection, Quiet as They Come, by Angie Chau - heard her read last October at an event. Great young writer.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I came this close to picking up Juliet Naked at the library the other day, Moxie, but ended up going with A Long Way Down instead. Thanks for the other recommendations, I do indeed like short stories.