Monday, January 17

I can't decide what book to read.

I finished Anna Karenina a couple days ago, and it was really, really good! Then I started this book by Italo Calvino called Numbers in the Dark, and I'm not exactly loving it. I just can't seem to stay interested and I feel like I'm making myself read it.

So, back to the shelves it goes!

My options for books are:
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Mad, Bad and Sad by Lisa Appignanesi (It's about how women's creativity often leads to mental illness... I think.)
Or I could be responsible and start reading Moll Flanders. It's the first of the nine novels I have to read for British Novel next semester.

What do you guys think?


Sonya Zombiee said...

I'd say do the responsible thing ... but I wouldn't be practicing what I preach. So of the books you've got, I'd say Black Boy, because I know my dad really likes that book.
Though from what you say, Mad Bad & Sad sounds like it could be good, too. o.O
So I say go with those two, and flip a coin to pick one.

Alex said...

I'm going to recommend a book that isn't on your list. Muahah.

I'm reading it right now - it's called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It's nonfiction, but the way it's written, well, for me it's a page-turner. It's about the revolution in cell culture when the woman in the title checked into Johns Hopkins for cancer treatment in the early '50s and [this is where I cut out a drawn out description that you could read on amazon]. I'm just halfway through, and it's soo good. And you know me - I don't even like science! But it's got the human side of the story, about her family, which is really what draws me in the most.