Wednesday, June 14, 2006

suggestions anybody?

I am realizing that a lot of the books I have here are either depressing or difficult reads. I'm looking for something easy and fun for a little while, and every book that I have that fits that description I have read about 10 times. I'm having a hard time brainstorming, also. So, basically, does anybody have a suggestion? To recap: not depressing, preferably funny, not too hard (like not theory, etc). Thanks :-)

8 comments:

Raquel Laneri said...

Dave Sedaris is funny and a really easy read: I like "Me Talk Pretty One Day," if you haven't read him before; you probably have, but I thought I'd just throw it out there. There's also a book which isn't really hilarious per se, but it's entertaining: Please Don't Kill the Freshman by Zoe Trope, she's David Eggars' pretege and she wrote this book about her freshmen year of high school, and it makes for breezy reading.

Feet Animal said...

You've probably already read it, but I'm going to suggest it anyway because it's my favorite book in the entire world of books. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, it's great, so if you haven't read it you should, and if you have I guess you could read the sequal Pigs in Heaven.

erica said...

not exactly breezy and slightly depressing but with several bits of very real humor scattered throughout, and very easy to read in that it flows well and the story is easy and enjoyable to follow and the actual act of reading doesn't demand much of ou: on beauty, zadie smith (if i haven't said enough about it in blogs and such :)

ammie said...

I love David Sedaris and Barbara Kingsolver! Unfortunately they number among the books that I've read 10 or 20 times because they're the here and not theory. I haven't been able to find the Zoe Trope book yet, but perhaps I will sometime soon... I'll look for the Zadia Smith book today, as that seems my best bet for now.

PocaCosa said...

I'd recommend "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon. If you don't have it and haven't read it, I can bring it with me and give it you when we meet up (fingers crossed!!!) in Chicago. :)

Tania said...

ooooh and definitely read White Teeth by Zadie Smith. That book is HI-larious! That's her first novel, which she wrote when she was my age. ridiculous. it's really awesome.

I am also a fan of Skinny Legs and All and Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, but I think you've read those?

Have you read Another Bullshit Night in Suck City? It could be a little depressing because the guy's dad is homeless, but it's also amazing writing, and a lot of it is really funny and explosive.

-Lauren

Tania said...

oh! and Life of Pi by Yann Martel!

-Laur

Raquel Laneri said...

Ooh! I love Tom Robbins! Jitterbug Perfume is one of my faves!