What I Read (past tense)
I’m always in and out, shifting between stories, enjoying the subtlety of literary fiction, the intrigue of a fast paced mystery, the bombast of some over the top thriller or the simplicity of story in something genre defying. I even dabble in biography from time to time (I just finished Pete Townshend’s auto biography-3.5 stars, mostly because I wanted more emotion, less “I wrote this song, then this song, then…”), and I once decided to read some science stuff, which only melted my will.
I used to love reading literary theory, and I guess I still like thinking about books in that manner, but I haven’t read any current texts, so I am surely well out of the loop.
I am a forgiving reader, rarely hating something enough to stop reading, or even complain about it beyond a few silly slights. The only book I regretted reading was The House of Sand and Fog, which was ridiculously bad. In close second is a book I had high hopes for – Paprika, by Yasutaka Tsutsui. It had an amazing premise, followed by a tediously slow beginning and a jumbled ending. More often than not, I easily get caught up in whatever world an author creates for me. That willingness translates into me liking so many different types of books. It has to be a pretty badly conceived world for me to look for holes in it.
I am not going to write book reviews for the following list. Instead, I will just offer titles and authors I have recently read. If you want to check them out, great.
I offer you, in no particular order, a list of ten books I have recently read, (Alright, maybe I will star rate them 1-5, just because).
Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love 4 stars
Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump 5 stars
Yasutaka Tsutsui, Paprika 2 stars
Hakan Nesser, Mind’s Eye 3.5 stars
Michael Cunningham, The Snow Queen 4 stars
Aurthur C. Clarke, Childhood’s End 4 stars
Colston Whitehead, Zone One 3.5 stars
Natsuo Kirino, The Goddess Chronicle 5 stars
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl 3 stars
Henning Mankell, Faceless Killers 3 stars