The Captain Needs Your Help

Saturday, December 01, 2007
As you know (because I seem to talk about it all the time lately...), the Winter Reading Challenge has begun. I finished off my first book (I started it before the challenge began) and posted the review but now I'm stumped. What do I read next? I had considered taking on the books being discussed on the newest edition of Canada Reads but none of them seem very interesting. I'd like to spice things up this time around and not read just nonfiction which is what I tend to do. So, I'm asking for your help fellow book lovers! I'm looking for recommendations for 5-6 books that I can read over the next three months. Any suggestions? They can be classics, once-banned books, award winners, trashy cheesy fiction, and I'd like at least one non-fiction.

To give you an idea of the types of books I've read in the past little while, you can visit my book blog. This might help you making your suggestions. Thanks!

After a morning of thinking and googling, I've come up with a tentative list (although I still welcome any suggestions). Here's what I'm hoping to read this winter:
UNKNOWN Christmas Present**
** My mom is likely getting me a book for Christmas as she asked for a list of which ones I wanted. This will be a surprise entry for my list, I gave her a wide range to choose from.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I actually quite enjoyed Not Wanted on the Voyage (which is on Canada Reads 2008), if you have not already read that.

How about Generation X or Microserfs by Douglas Coupland? I always enjoy books which are set in a familiar landscape. Gail Bowen's mysteries are all set in Saskatchewan (mostly Regina), if that does anything for you.

Because you need to read some mysteries over Christmas. It's the law.

Pokecheck said...

Geek Love is good. Unique, a little disturbing, well written. By Katherine Dunn.

Adam said...

Have you seen the Japanese poster for Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem? It's gorgeous! I'm tryin to convince my girlfriend to see it w/ me on XMAS day - but I think it might be a hard sell. She really liked "Aliens" so maybe there's a chance.

mister anchovy said...

Here are some suggestions - just some books that are on the tip of my brain...

The True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey - this is an historical novel set in Australia.

Midnight at the Dragon Cafe, by Judy Fong Bates - about a dysfunctional family who moves to Ontario from China and opens up a Chinese and Canadian food joint.

The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi -this is sort of a memoir structured based on the periodic table. It's a very tough book - Levi was an inmate in Auschwitz.

Redemption Falls is an excellent recent book by Joseph O'Connor. I also highly recommend The Salesman by the same author.

Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad - I reread it this year, and it is a tremendous book.

scout said...

i can never remember what i've read :(

* (asterisk) said...

I haven't left any recs, cos by the time I first got here (a couple days ago) the text was already scored out. Are you still looking?

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