What Are You Reading?

These are some of the books I’m currently reading. They’re alright. :)

  • Bambert’s Book of Missing Stories. In three words: strange and bitter.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m reading this again. It won the Pulitzer Prize, ♥. I like it.
  • IQ84. I have no idea because I’m moving through it at a glacial pace. I’m on page 22 of about 1,000. This is my first time reading Murakami.

So, anyway—since I read a lot and am viciously opinionated about this kind of thing, here’s a list of 10 of my favorite books. They’re not ordered. I’m also keeping my descriptions to a minimum. I don’t want this to turn into an exercise in fangirling.


From the titles above, a few things about my reading preferences become clear.

ONE.I like stories that involve writing and books. Ella Minnow Pea and Dangerous Acquaintances are epistolary novels. People of the Book is about a book as its title suggests. 😛

TWO. I like confusing things. See Faulkner, Ella Minnow Pea, and 1984.

THREE. I don’t follow guidelines. I said that I would list 10 books, but Faulkner isn’t a book. Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice are also two different things. Whatever. 😀

I’m contemplating using goodreads or shelfari to keep better track of what I read and when, but I’m not sure if using one of those will be worth it.

Feel free to comment with 10 of your favorite books and/or suggestions. If you suggest something, I may get to it in 5 years. 5 years is a long time, but I’ve found that I generally do get around to reading things people suggest. It just takes time. I’m interested in reading books written in French, Japanese, and Korean too. However, if you suggest one of those, the expected completion time increases to about 15 years. :) I’m busy!

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  • Reply Clem December 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    That list is so cute! I like your doodles and the writing style.

    My go-to books that I always recommend are The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m also reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s other book (Everything Is Illuminated) and loving it. All three of those books are written in very interesting and odd styles. They’re also pretty depressing, but my favourite books always are.

    I don’t know if I have a top 10, really! Now I feel like I should come up with my own list.

    • Reply chantelle December 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you!

      The Book Thief is a book I’ve seen around. I’ve also heard positive things about it, but I’ve yet to read it. Sadly, I’ve never heard of the other two you mentioned. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close looks good, but 9/11 stuff in fiction makes me uncomfortable. For better or worse, I have a tendency to shy away from it.

  • Reply cantaloupe December 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I would suggest reading anything else by J.D. Salinger. Catcher is far and away my least favorite of his wonderful works.

    And I once read this fantastic French book. (It was in English on one side, French on the other.) But I cannot for the life of me remember what the heck it was called. The cover was minimalist (of course) and had an eye with a tear and these red lips and omg this is going to annoy the shit out of me. I don’t entirely remember what it was about, but there was a mother daughter, I know, and the end was just fantastic but I don’t want to ruin it in case you should ever stumble upon this gem. Ugh, it was so good and I’m so mad I can’t remember, ugh!

    • Reply chantelle December 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      If you remember that book, let me know. :)

      I put Catcher in the Rye on my list, but its position is tenuous at best. I should read more of Salinger to see if I really like him or not.

  • Reply Josh December 5, 2011 at 12:43 am

    A lot of people seem to dislike Holden, but I like him a lot. I found that I related to him a lot. Except, I don’t wander around NYC and stuff, but I can relate to the whole young adult, coming of age thing. And also the loneliness thing sometimes.

    I think my favorite stories are coming of age stories. So basically my favorite genre is young adult literature. 😛 I really love The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I also absolutely love Looking for Alaska by John Green, and I believe I will like his other books, but haven’t gotten around to them yet. Also Harry Potter.

    But I also really like other things too, like Kurt Vonnegut things, Of Mice & Men, The Loved One, and the Stranger. Although I find myself more interested in the good YA stuff mostly. Maybe because I am a young adult?

    • Reply chantelle December 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      I’m one of those people who dislikes Holden. 😛 I’ve warmed up to him a bit, but … I can still barely stand him. When I first read the book, I was younger than H. C. His immaturity drove me mad. I wanted to deck him; I couldn’t relate to him at all. Now, I’m more sympathetic.

      I’m reading more YA stuff these days (because I have to). It’s not something that I would naturally be drawn to, but it’s okay. I enjoy a lot of it.

      Heh. Oddly, I’m more into the “other things” you mentioned. I like Vonnegut; I like Of Mice & Men (Steinbeck); I like The Stranger too. I haven’t read the other books, though. I should try them.

  • Reply Faith January 4, 2012 at 4:24 am

    White Oleander is one of my favorites, too! I love the writing in that book so much!

    One of my other favorites is Into the Forest by Jean Hegland, which I would recommend.

    I’m on goodreads! If you join you should add me. I like being able to keep track of the books I read. My only resolution this year is to keep track of the books that I read, so I have a 2012 shelf on there just for that reason. I think it will be cool to look back and see all I read this year.

  • Reply Robmarie January 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    1984 is an AWESOME book! One of my favorites, it leaves you with so much to think about. Great list!

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