Digging up the Earth

Jenny's UK ramblings.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Nerdy book club?

I don't know about you guys, but I've been really crap on the reading front these days. Last year I managed to tear through quite a few books, but this year....there've been a lot of magazines and newspapers, even the odd bridal mag (!!!!) but just not enough super-sweet chow-down-and-lose-track-of-yourself-fiction in my life. This is where you come in, dear readers. I'm going to put a little "recommended reading" thingie somewhere on this blog, and please let me know if you have any book suggestions.

So I'll kick things off. Last year's hands-down fave was Middlesex (bloody brilliant) by Jeffrey Eugenides. Thanks to JB and Shaker for that suggestion. Miriam Toews' A Complicated Kindness also really blew me away. Don't be put off by the chicken on the cover, or the words "farm" or "prairie" on the flyleaf - this is NOT boring CanCon fare!In the non-fiction realm, I also read a lot of Robert Kaplan last year, who is great, but don't read him if you're feeling a bit melancholy or concerned about the future of the world. In that vein, I really, really, REALLY, loved A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright. If you read the Wright book, I wouldn't bother reading Jared Diamond's Collapse - it takes about 400 wordy and blustery extra pages to get to the same point that Ronald Wright makes in an elegant 130.

Right. On that nerdy note, let your book suggestions fly...


At 3:43 AM, The Silent K said...

I just finished A Complicated Kindness too. I think its funny that you warn people not to be put off by the chicken. You say it wasn't boring and I agreee, but it was soooo slow....

At 6:17 AM, chachy said...

you should read the Golden Spruce it's this summers book for the camp we are running.


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