Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Soliciting Book Suggestions - the College/High School edition

I stayed up WAY too late last night to finish "The Paris Wife"...I was crying towards the end of it and it definitely not a great way to go to sleep. Oh and depressed. I felt terribly sad about it all. Now, I don't want to dissuade anyone out there from reading this book because I actually really loved the whole thing. It was so beautifully written and I can't remember the last time I read something where characters were so compelling that I felt actual emotional stress/pain over what happened to them in the course of the story. Maybe I am a bit of an odd duck, but a book that makes me tear up reading it on the Metro gets a big thumbs up from me.

But here I am again....bookless and looking for reading suggestions. Reading "The Paris Wife" actually made me realize how very little Hemingway I have read in my life. Which is kind of unusual for a bookworm English Major like myself. And I kept thinking about that...and realized that there are actually quite a lot of classics from the canon of literature that I don't think I have ever read. As in, I may be the only person on the face of the planet who has an English degree but has never read any Jane Austen. Shame on me.

So what were some of your favorites that you remember from High School or College? Something that I should truly be ashamed with myself for not having read yet in my life? Was there some book that really made a differnece in your life or a huge impression on you?

Please hurry, people. I can't waste too much time going bookless...lest I fall back down the rabbithole into Us Weekly and People magazine.


  1. The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton, I believe) if you are looking for a classic. It's the only book I have read twice (other than a picture book). Such memorable characters. Struggle between freedom and societal pressures. I don't know what it is about it but I loved it so much.

    Thanks for the review of Paris Wife. It is my next read. I met the author at the Gaithersburg book fair.

  2. I tried to love The Paris Wife, I really did! I got about halfway through and just couldn't stand it anymore. I knew how sadly it was going to turn out and couldn't bear it. *sniffle*

  3. I know...it was sad but worth the read for me because it was so very well written.

  4. Some favorites from highschool were Joy Luck Club, The House of Spirits, in college - Allison let me borrow Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger and "Teddy" really changed me, but recently the best two books that were sooo freaking good were The Glass Castle and Girl in Translation

  5. Nine Stories was actually the reason I became an English Major :)

  6. Fellow English Major! I am a total book snob, and favor the classics (much to the dismay of my book club). Now, stop what you're doing and go read Pride and Prejudice. And then watch the BBC version with Colin Firth and swoon.

    Other great classics: 1984, The Satanic Verses, Huck Finn, Jane Eyre (and then Wide Sargasso Sea immediately after), Tender is the Night, Crime & Punishment (it's huge, but you'll fly through it)

    Non classic favorites: Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, The Poisonwood Bible, Anything by David Sedaris.

  7. You need to join Goodreads. I am sending you an invite.

  8. i'm loving "i married adventure" - i'm re-reading it for the zillionth time and it is amazing!

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