Monday, October 15, 2007


in an continued effort to simultaneously make myself more smarter and more interesting, i'm pledging to read more this month. before i get reconnected to the media-filled life that is american society. yep. november 10th-ish, internet, tv and a landline (how retro!), and my descent into ignorance begins anew.

anyhow, here's a sampling of the stuff i've read in the last year or so. any recommendations based on what's written below? classics, non-fiction, new fiction. pretty much anything but sci-fi or fantasy. just can't get my head around it.


A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen
Big Trouble by Dave Barry
Red Grass River by James Carlos Blake
Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey
All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt
Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
The*Bully*of*Bentonville: How the High Cost of Wal-Mart's Everyday Low Prices is Hurting America by Anthony Bianco
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales


wanderlust said...

I like your list. Excellent choice of authors. You pass my literature test. Next the travel test...whenever you're ready;)

rachel said...

you did say "more smarter" on purpose, right? I really hope so. Or maybe you've been watching too much of America's Most Smartest Model?

Mr. J said...

Yes, I did. I'm glad you know that my improper superlativication (yes, I made that one up) was merely in jest.

and no, I don't watch such drivel. I'm surprised that you do!

rachel said...

I've only seen half of an episode, I swear :) I do enjoy some reality tv, but that's a little low.

today one of the kindergarteners said, "we were being the quietestest!" and I thought of this hehe

rachel said...

Have you read...?
Catcher in the Rye
The Outsiders
Their Eyes were Watching God (this one is set in rural Florida, which I found interesting, although it takes a few chapters to be able to read through the dialect quickly)

It's a shame you don't like fantasy/science fiction because those are some of my favorites. Ira Levin is one of my favorite authors (he wrote Rosemary's Baby) and mostly writes sci fi stuff, but A Kiss Before Dying is a realistic thriller that I really liked.

Don't know if you've read the Da Vinci Code or not. I avoided it for a long time only because everyone was all "OMG DA VINCI CODE!" but it was pretty good when I finally read it.

That's all I can think of right now, but I'll let you know if I come up with anything else :)

Mr. J said...

I did read Catcher in the Rye recently. I read The Outsiders in middle school, I think it may be in the stack of used books I've recently acquired. I've read all of Dan Brown's novels. Angels & Demons was much better than Da Vinci.

I'll see if I can find Their Eyes Were Watching God. I'm kind of a sucker for rural Florida fiction. The Alachua County library has a pamphlet with a pretty good list of books about Florida. I've read maybe half of them too.