Jun 6, 2010

What to read, what to read…

I’m this close to being done with my first book review, but I really don’t know what I should read next. I’d like to read a few books that were published in the last year or so, but I’m not very good at it.

So, here are three I was looking at:

Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel by Audrey Niffenegger

  • I love this title. I want to read the book just so I can work the title into conversation.
  • I liked The Time Traveler’s Wife, even if it got a little romance novely sometimes.
  • Audrey Niffenegger lives and works in Chicago. I am in full support of all Chicagoians.
  • A ghost story sounds really good right about now.


  • Publisher’s Weekly used the word incoherent in their review, and lots of TTTW fans were disappointed.
  • It takes place in London, which is only a con when I want to read a Chicago novel.

The Wild Things by Dave Eggers


  • It’s written by Dave Eggers, who I may or may not have a crush on.
  • I throughly enjoy McSweeney’s.
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was one of the first books I read out of high school, so I’ll get a little nostalgic.


  • I might be reading it because I liked the movie, and I hate doing that.
  • I already know this story pretty well.

Imperfect Birds: A Novel by Anne Lamott


  • I’ve never read any of her fiction, and probably should.
  • Anne Lamott’s going to be at the Printers Row Lit Fest, and I’d like to be up-to-date.
  • The reviews sparkle.


  • It looks just the teensiest bit depressing, but that’s probably not a good reason to skip a book.
  • I don’t really like the picture on the cover. Ok, that’s not a good con either. I keep looking for cons but I just can’t find any. I think that my trying so hard for cons is itself a con, because it means I don’t feel like reading this one. We’ll see.

Those are my current possible picks. It seems to me that HFS is in the lead, but I’m very open to suggestions as long as the book’s newly published.

What would you pick? Do you have any other suggestions?



  • wild thingsbecause when I first read it I thought it was where the wild things are.

  • Actually, Wild Things is based on Where the Wild Things are. It kind of tells the whole story. From what I remember, the book and the movie were one big project. You should read it, Elliott. We could play book club.

  • I thought that The Time Traveler’s Wife was at least unique, and I loved that it took place in Chicago. It made me regret never going into Newberry Library (I’m ashamed to admit it!). And I don’t think “incoherent” is necessarily a bad thing; it’s refreshing not to be able to predict a story line. And for some reason Anne Lamott annoys me… I also avoid reading her books, though I know I probably should. I vote for Her Fearful Symmetry or Where the Wild Things Are. 🙂

    • Kate,
      1) I’ll see what I can do about turning off the smilies. 🙂 (Like that one.)
      2) I’ve only been to the Newberry Library once. It was freshman year, and they told me I could only come in if I had something to research. I couldn’t make anything up fast enough, so I left, snubbed.
      3) I’m leaning towards HYF or Wild Things too. I really did like TTTW, and I’m really in the mood for a ghost story. Or monster story. Or both.

  • *The Wild Things. Also, I didn’t know that it would do that smiley-thing.

  • I read “Imperfect Birds” not long ago — been trying to read Lamott’s nonfiction but never have really given it undivided attention. I didn’t think it was depressing so much as it was frustrating — the conflicts feel very real, and the way that the daughter runs roughshod over her mother makes you want to grab both of them and shake some sense into them. I suppose that it proof of how well-written it is — the emotional reaction to the characters.

  • Sara, I’m exactly the opposite. I love her non-fiction, but am having a hard time giving her fiction room to grow on me.
    I ended up ordering it anyway, so hopefully I’ll give it a good go. I’d be interested to hear more about what you think about the book when I know the story a little better.

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