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Posted on Thursday 10 September 2009 at 1:04 pm

Book Recs Needed


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I'm trying to pick a few books to grab from the library to take with me to Germany for reading on the flights and the like. I'll take any suggestions of things you think I might like but in particular I'm interested in

(1) Things that are long and dense so that I can take as few books as possible but make them last as long as possible

(2) "Classics" that are particular favorites of the flist but that I haven't gotten around to reading yet

(3) Anything frequently banned or challenged or that seems somewhat subversive because I kind of like the idea of taking contraband reading materials across international borders and because the American Library Association's annual Banned Book Week is 27 Sept. to 3 Oct. this year which includes five days I'll be in Germany and the day I fly back.

Comments:

JD
jdbracknell at 5:14 pm on 10 September 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Lolita? That might fill all three requirements....
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 10:26 pm on 10 September 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh, that one is a very promising option. Thanks :D
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 10:29 pm on 10 September 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to look into Vanity Fair. I like satire and Dickens very much so it has potential.

I did read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell. It is the kind of book that is right up my alley and I madly loved the last third or so. Unfortunately, the beginning of the book dragged interminably and didn't do a thing for me. I'm still undecided as to how much the awesomeness that is the last third or so outweighs the drudgery that is the beginning.
godricgal
godricgal at 6:34 pm on 10 September 2009 (UTC) (Link)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt is a fine read and quite a lengthy one, too. It was in my top three favourite reads of last year.

Edited at 2009-09-10 06:35 pm (UTC)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 10:34 pm on 10 September 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't heard of this so I did a quick search. The summary I found made it sound interesting and then I stumbled upon this in a review "a psychological suspense thriller, a satire of collegiate mores and popular culture, and a philosophical bildungsroman" which makes it sound amazing. Definitely one for the short list.
Jules
littlepixiechic at 10:30 pm on 10 September 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Of course, I think you should read The Master and Margarita. Unfortunately, while it's super amazing, it's not very long and you'll probably finish it on one plane ride. I just finished reading The Emperor of Ocean Park. It's kind of a mystery, but it's not the typical mass-market, mystery and suspense book. I thought it was really well written and my dad really liked it, too. It's longer and might take you more time. Honestly, I pretty much recommend anything on my Goodreads shelf that you haven't read :)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 10:39 pm on 10 September 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Master and Margarita is on my To Read list and I swear I will get to it sooner rather than later but maybe not on this trip. I'll check out your GoodReads shelves.

Is that the Michael J. Fox (Miles, maybe?) character from Atlantis in your icon? I love Michael J. Fox and stories about Atlantis and therefore love that movie far more than the movie itself probably deserves.
Jules
littlepixiechic at 10:51 pm on 10 September 2009 (UTC) (Link)
It is indeed the Michael J. Fox character from Atlantis! I was scouting out some more icons for the lj a while ago and decided to keep with the Disney/animated film theme since I had the Cheshire cat icon an the Tinkerbell "bitch face" icon. I ended up with a bunch of stuff from Hercules, but I needed a good reading/book icon, and there it is!


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