July 30, 2014 8:34 AM Subscribe
There is nothing quite like reading a book I really love. Help me find some more books I really love. (Fiction edition)
posted by geegollygosh to Writing & Language (29 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
I haven't really read too much since college, but when I find a book I like I love to read. Can you recommend me some? This is a list of books that I've loved in the past (a partial list, I've just brainstormed them):
-A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry. I loved this book. One of my favorites ever.
-God of Small Things, by Arhundati Roy. Same, loved it. I especially like her writing style.
-On Beauty, by Zadie Smith. I also liked White Teeth
-Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. But I tried to read another book by her recently and really disliked it.
-The Edible Woman, by Margaret Atwood. I read this a while ago (as a teeager) but I remember it being hilarious and has stayed with me. Other books by Atwood have not grabbed me.
-Coming of Age in Mississippi, by Anne Moody. It's been a while since I read it, but I remember it being really engrossing to me.
-100 Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I also like Love in the Time of Cholera. I am a little hesitant to add these to the list, because while I like these books, a lot of the books written in the style of Gabriel Garcia Marquez don't really grab me. They're a little too sweeping and removed from their characters. (For instance, I'm reading a book called 'Galore' by Michael Crummey right now that reminds me of that style somewhat and I'm having a hard time getting through it.)
So, maybe someone can recogize themselves in my tastes and recommend me some great summer (and winter, spring and fall) reading?
I'd say I like--
-Good, interesting characters and character development
-an engaging writing style, not too hard to read
-looking back over that list, apparently themes of colonialism/post-colonialism, or maybe just strong cultural and/or political themes in general.