Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My Reading Addiction

We both know that I have more readers than I do commenters. In fact, if it were not for my lovely mother, I wouldn’t have comments on 90% of my blog entries. But I need you to get over your comment related phobias because I really need your help!

Hubby and I are heading home in a few weeks, which means that bookstores in both Canada and the US are about to be attacked by a book-starved Typ0. Last year, I spent almost as much time at Chapters as I did at my parent’s house. What can I say: I’m addicted to reading.

My usual practice prior to home leave is to spend hours and hours on Amazon building a lengthy Wish List of all the books I ought to be reading and want to buy. My list is long enough to make Hubby cringe with fear but many of my choices are based upon Amazon reviews and books I have read about in various blogs and articles online.

You can now see why I need your help – if I’m going to take the advice of complete strangers, they should at least be wonderful Devoted Readers like you! So please comment and tell me what I should add to my summer buying fest. I usually buy dozens of books during my brief developed world sojourns because, after all, these tomes have to last me until my next trip to the real world. So feel free to name several great reads.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with my bookshelves, I will read anything I can get my hands on. Histories, novels, romances, mysteries, science fiction, memoirs, biographies, and basically anything even vaguely interesting are all welcome. So please click on the comment button and recommend a great book or six.

Please!

4 comments:

Lynda said...

If you are a big reader, most of my suggestions are probably old news...
How about:
Rohinton Mistry - A fine Balance
(Most incredible book)
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns (Amazing story)

If you like the sound of these, let me know and I will look through my books and shoot a few more your way.

Have fun... we are going to the in-laws (germany) in July - I will have my pile of Amazon deliveries waiting too.

Jen said...

Here's what I've liked recently:

The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova

The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

Atonement, Ian McEwan (even if you've already seen the movie) (or anything else by him)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver (or anything else by her)

Have fun on your trip!

Nairobi Typ0 said...

Lynda,

I've read Thief (loved the concept) and Splendid Suns (which i enjoyed more than Kite Runner). I will def add A Fine Balance to my list. :) I've read so many great reviews of this book - Great suggestions. Thanks!! :) :)

Jen,

Time Traveler was one of the first books i read when i arrived in Nairobi - LOVED IT! I cried so much!! *sniff* I also quite enjoyed the Historian.

I was NOT a fan of the movie Atonement but since you're recommending the book i'll pick up a copy - it must be better than that ridiculously poorly made film. Mustn't it?

As someone who loved Omnivore's Dilemma, Animal Vegetable sounds really interesting!

Thank to both of you ladies!! Since we seem to have the same great taste in books I will defintely be adding your suggestions to my Amazon list. Thanks!!!! :) :) :) :)

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