Friday, April 15, 2011

April's Book Recommendations

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It's been a while since my last book recommendation post, but it went over so well, I've decided to make it a recurring monthly series. I read voraciously, and not only for my research, so I'm always looking for something new to pick up. Here are some recent books I've loved:

The Weather in the Streets (Rosamund Lehmann)--a perfect combination of juicy and gorgeously-written, it tells the story of a woman who runs into an old acquaintance on a train and begins a love affair. While it is well-paced and was a popular seller in the 30's, it is also innovative stylistically.

The Sea, The Sea
(Iris Murdoch)--a very sharp-witted novel about an actor who tries to retire to the seaside for some peace, but ends up being harangued by former lovers and friends to return to London. It's darkly funny and wonderful.

Troubles (J.G. Farrell)--if you're looking for a big fat book for a long plane ride, Troubles is enormous and also darkly, poignantly funny. It's set during the Irish Revolution for Independence and it's about a gigantic hotel in Ireland that's falling apart and invaded by stray cats.

I guess I've really been in the mood for dark, funny, and long books :) Have you read anything great lately that you'd recommend? Do you have any requests for topics for future book posts?

36 comments:

Eclectic Flair said...

Thanks so much for sharing!! I might just have to pick up one of these this weekend!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Ariana said...

Love your recommendations. I just finished "A Widow for One Year" by John Irving...SUCH a great read. I really like the sound of "Troubles"...

Rebecca said...

I'm reading "Zeitoun" by David Eggers right now, and it is amazing. It is a true story about one man's experiences during Hurricane Katrina.

Meagan P said...

another great one around the same time period as Troubles is The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen. highly highly recommended! the writing carries along at a fast clip, with a wry sensibility. another dark one, but a great one

U U N A said...

i just finished the elegance of the hedgehog wich i really liked. and that's odd because i don't ususlly like books that don't have ''a real'' plot/direction/lesson/you-know-what-i-mean?

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

meagan--mind-reader! i'm writing the second chapter of my dissertation on _the last september_.
UUNA--thanks for the rec! i've definitely seen that book around.

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

I'm starting Water for Elephants this weekend! :)
;D Have a good one!
xxx

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caffeinerd said...

Yay--thanks for sharing! The Iris Murdoch book sounds awesome and I shall have to add it to my list. I'm currently reading "Committed" by Elizabeth Gilbert---kind of a study of marriage/+memoir. I did not like Eat, Pray Love very much, but am diggin' this. May not be what you're looking for, though (I seem to be a little marriage focused right now; go figure ;-D).

P.S. I LOVE Dave Eggers. Great recommendation above!

Anonymous said...

I recently started Dracula due to your last post with book recommendations, and I'm loving it! Excited to check some of these out!

Maggy said...

oh YAY. I love good book recommendations, well done.

B said...

I love your book recommendations! Although, i bought a couple last time, and they're sitting on my night stand...

I'm currently in an Evelyn Waugh phase. I highly recommend 'Vile Bodies.'

TheStyleKludger said...

I just finished "The Monsters of Templeton" by Lauren Groff and loved it! It's both funny and a bit dark.

Justine said...

Thanks for the recommendations. I am going to put The Sea, The Sea on my summer reading. There is just not enough hours in a day with boring textbook reading.

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Salazar said...

I'm glad you decided to make this a recurring series! I'll keep my eyes out for "Troubles."

14 Shade Of Grey

Monique said...

I am always stumped for books to read!! Not anymore! Thanks Tania!!

Monique xx

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Bethany said...

I LOVE having this as a feature on your blog. I read constantly, every night before bed. But I'm a big weirdo and read almost exclusively YA sci-fi books, lol.

Anja said...

great recommendations! Can't wait to check out troubles! Still need a new good book for my easter break!

Aussie Claire said...

Thanks for the recommendations - I have downloaded a couple of samples onto my kindle to check them out.

My recommendations:
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (Year of Wonders is also great)
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

Lexie, Little Boat said...

i cannot wait to graduate and go back to reading books i WANT to read! that being said, i am doing an independent study with a professor and a friend on russian lit and am almost done with anna karenina -- i think it may be my new all-time favorite novel.

Christa said...

Thanks! How did you know I needed a new book for my daily commute? :-) All three are on my library hold list...we'll see what shows up first.

Elaine said...

Thank you for the recs!!! I have been wanting some books to read.

stephanie said...

Love your recommendations. I am loving The Bell by Iris Murdoch, A History of God by Karen Armstrong, and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. I think you would like them!

Jesse said...

The Sea, The Sea sounds wonderful - I've been looking for a dark, yet witty book - I just may try that one. Thanks!

melissamolasses said...

I just bought Troubles last month, but haven't started it yet. It looks like you also take your book recommendations from the Booker Prize winners' list.

Pamela said...

I love these book recs. I'm waiting for 2 of them from my local library! Books! Squee! Reading! Squee!

talley said...

if you're on shelfari, or ever join if you aren't, i'd love to be friends!
http://www.shelfari.com/talley

best book i've read lately? the paris wife by paula mclain.

A Tablespoon Of Life said...

Thank You Thank You!!!

NaNi said...

Now i am looking for a new book to read, just recommend me some love story books.Im very much interested in reading love story books.


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babyreynolds said...

I think you would love goodreads.com (if you dont already). It is a site I fell in love with a couple years ago that keeps tracks of books you want to read, have already read and you get to check out what your friends are reading. Thought I'd share because it is so great....

Carolyn said...

Oooh goodreads.com seems like a handy website! I'm definitely going to check it out.

Tania, I downloaded Dracula to my kindle and still need to read it! I like these posts too, but sadly I'm in crunch time of my senior year and probably won't have any time to read (unless it's journal articles about twitter for my thesis!) for the next month. but then i need to tackle some of these books!

wildrosesinfaith said...

I just finished "Water for Elephants" and it was wonderful! I was a little hesitant about it, but it ended up being wonderful. It isn't a love story like you expect, it's poignant and fairly "real" if that makes any sense.

leigh said...

THANK YOU. I'm in desperate need of a good book.
<3 leigh

Shannon said...

Have you ever read "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins? I recently read it, and it is absolutely fantastic.

octodelta said...

I recommend the Betsy-Tacy high school books by Maud Hart Lovelace: Heaven to Betsy is the first one. The series ends with her wedding circa WWI and begins in the early 1900s. The fashions, houses, and warm family life makes this series the ultimate comfort read. Plus, the author has a very succinct style of writing that is a pleasure to read and re-read.

Anonymous said...

Mary McCarthy's _The Group_. It blew my mind the first time, and still does.

Anonymous said...

Diary of a Provincial Lady is hilarious. Such understated wit.

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