Books? Are People Really Reading? Still?

Okay, I give in—everywhere I look on and off the web there are lists and lists of books for summer reading and so far nothing appeals to me at all. Been wondering about this for all of about one minute and have decided to make my  own ”Best Books” —so far–list and perhaps this will help to enlighten me about ‘me’.  So, here goes, take it or leave it.  As they come to mind, some favorite reading adventures:

Joan Slonczewski          Brain Plague

Karen Michalson     Enemy Glory

 Vivian Schilling    Quietus

 Staci Layne Wilson   Horrors of the Holy

Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancy Dancing—makes you want to laugh, scream, cry all at the same time–especially the post office story.

Craig Joseph Danner’s Himalayan Dhaba —a take on the interconnectedness of all things–especially people.

Louise Erdrich’s Tracks–ahhhh what WOMAN this tome’s heroine be.

Ella Cara Deloria’s Waterlily—and what  were the lives of Lakota women ‘like’ before the settlers invaded?

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind—oh what can one find in the cemetery of lost books? history, love, tragedy, mystery and more.

Vivan Schilling’s Quietus—what’s a near death experience for?

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—love transcends manners–oh Jane!

Bryce Courteny’s The Power of One–damn those chickens and boxers and just what one person can accomplish.

Mikhail Bulgakuv’s The Master and Margarita–The BOOK to beat! Forget the great American Novel—I dare any writer of any country, anywhere on the globe to beat the pants off this baby for love, satire, and sheer imagination. The Devil has come to Moscow to prove he exists—and that involves tossing up Jesus’ existence too. Poor Pontious and the headache he gets from the man who won’t ‘save’ himself….And all the woe that can befall a writer in Russia–and elsewhere if you don’t beware!

William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom!—sin and guilt deep Southern style.

Natsuo Kirino’s Out–Japanese women as you’ve never seen them before–the murder disposal crew….great stuff–not for the squeamish crowd.

Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose—oh the old country and its woes–and loves.

 Douglas Adams’  The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul—It’s  Dougie Adams playing with all sorts of good old Norse myths and such.

R. A.  MacAvoy’s  Tea With the Black Dragon–okay, this is for lovers of all ages–mystery and an romance not quite like any other.

Tim Powers’  Declare—all about The Dark Side of spying spies–and a few other things along the way. Move over James Bond 007 for adventure.

—for now….

now more

Heinrich Boll    the Clown    and     Never Said a Word

John Hersey    Hiroshima

John Wright    The Golden Age

Emma Bull    The War for the Oaks

Charles de Lint    Forests of the Heart

Dalai Lama    The Way to Freedom

Simon J. Ortiz     from Sand Creek

eds. Stryrk and Ikemoto    Zen Poetry, Let the Spring Breeze Enter

Gunter Grass    The Tin Drum

Timothy Zahn   Dragon and Thief

Elizabeth Hayden   Rhapsody

James Stephens    The Crock of Gold

William Faulkner   The Hamlet

Philip K. Dick    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Dalai Lama    Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heart

Dalai Lama   The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace

Osip Mandelstam   Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam –translated by Clarence Brown and W. S. Merwin

Anna  Akhmatova    Complete Poems

Michael Dorris    Morning Girl

Juliet Marillier   Son of the Shadows and the rest of the Sevenwaters triology

ps. what are YOU reading that’s outstanding?


  1. Yousei Hime said,

    July 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Great list. I am only familiar with a handful of these writers. Guess I’ll just have to check them out, huh? Heehee. 😉

  2. 47whitebuffalo said,

    June 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Why are you reading Thanks for the Memories? Why ought I read it? Seriously.

  3. Marie Lynn said,

    June 25, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Cecelia Ahern’s Thanks for the Memories. xD

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