Bibliophile’s support group (free doughnuts!): 10 Book Challenge

I was so excited to see this 10 book challenge going around that I just HAD to share.

I’m a huge book lover. I love me some Heather’s Picks, Michiko Kakutani reviews and that little algorithm on Amazon that delightfully suggests new reads based on my last purchase. I’ll read ALMOST anything so long as it stirs up something in my soul. I’m looking for game changers at this stage of the game. Something to change my life, make me cry or at the very least,  distract me enough until I fall to sleep.

Here are the rules from two of my faves The Vodka Soda Escapades and Professional Dreamer!  

“In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Tag 10 friends including me so I can see your list”. 

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I’m not sure if I can tag people on here (WordPress neophyte) but take a look and take the 10 book challenge! 

1. Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro (my absolute fave)
2. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera (game changer)
3. The Sense of An Ending – Julian Barnes 
4. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
5. This is How You Lose Her- Junot Diaz
6. The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
7. She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
8. Runaway – Alice Munro (Canadian broads, represent) 
9. Sweet Tooth- Ian McEwan
10. The Beauty Myth- Naomi Wolf

I’m always looking for book recommendations. If there’s a book that’s changed your life or how you feel about literature, let me know!

I’ve got birthday gift cards to Indigo burning a hole on my pocket. Time to add to my collection!

What I’m currently reading:

Ok, here’s the deal. While I’m at work I listen to a lot of lectures, TedTalks and interviews (CNN, Strombo show, Charlie Rose) and I’ve become obsessed with David Foster Wallace. 

Yesterday I went to the bookstore and had this poor old man look high and low for his personal essays.

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I got up to the counter and started small talking with the skinny but you know, cute for the bookstore guy, and he starts whipping out this DFW knowledge. So I start rambling right on back. It was mental foreplay 

Then he says, “Oh wow, you must have read so much of his stuff.”

To which I reply, “Never, actually.”

*crickets* 

Way to make it awkward, Lib. 

The poor guy fumbled for something to say, I stuttered, then I dropped my wallet and almost knocked over the stand of gift cards. 

I’m one cool customer. 

Went home, started reading and am HOOKED on David Foster Wallace. I feel intellectually inferior, I might have googled the meaning of one or two words but basically, he’s a genius.

I might attempt Infinite Jest…but it looks pretty dense and again. I’m not that smart.  

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No support group is complete without stale (but free) doughnuts!

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5 comments

  1. Infinite Jest has been on my bedside table for over a year 😦

    And I just got The Pale King this summer…

    I so want to be intelligent enough read them, they sound fascinating but I can never seem to get more than 20 pages into either then get scared and intimidated and don’t try again for months and have to start the whole process all over again. Le sigh

    Also, unrelated but my fat/fit shaming opinion is similar to yours. It drives me bananas!! I work in an office of mainly women and it makes me so sad when everyone goes on rants about how “fat” they are and are so critical of what they and everyone else is eating and how much they are/not working out. And it’s too easy to join in with them, that’s the worst part

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      1. Nothing exciting right now, I’m taking double bass lessons so I’m working my way through a music theory workbook right now.

        If you ever want to start an Infinite Jest book club/support group where we read chapter by chapter (ish), I’m in! Haha

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