Saturday, May 21, 2011

May's Book Recommendations

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This post comes a little late this month because to be honest, I've been reading a lot more student papers and journal articles than books I'd recommend. But fear not! here are a few of my favorite summer reads from the past few years:

Blindness (Jose Saramago)--a philosophical and political Nobel-prize winning novel, but still an amazingly quick read. It's a story about an epidemic of sudden, apparently causeless blindness and what results.

The Untouchable (John Banville)--One of my very favorite books of the past ten years. It's about spies. Enough said :)

Youth in Revolt (C.D. Payne)--A thousand times funnier than the movie (no offense to Michael Cera fans), this is an extremely light, perversely-funny book about foolish high school boys. I read this years ago and I laughed so hard I cried. It's not high literature but it's the funniest beach read you could imagine.

20 comments:

Carissa said...

Blindness is, hands down, one of the best books I've ever read. I recommend it to absolutely everyone.

I'm happy it's on your list!

tasty moog said...

Saramago <3

Rachel said...

Oooh, thanks for the recommendations! I'm such a picky reader, and it seems like every book I've started during the past few months has been a total dud. I'm excited to check these out!

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

LAPT said...

Oh man, Blindess made me crrrrrry! And then I saw the movie version and deeply regretted it.

astripejunkie said...

My husband read the whole 'Youth in Revolt' series last year and loved it. Of course the first book was his favorite. He was literally laughing out laugh on our plane ride.

Eclectic Flair said...

okay, I might just have to go pick up youth in revolt today. i could use a fun read right now!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Kasmira said...

I thought Blindness was a slow read (due to lack of punctuation/paragraphs), but totally worth it, especially for apocalyptic-fiction lovers. Stay far far away from the movie.

Between Laundry Days said...

Ooh, Blindness is hauntingly awesome.

kate said...

Oh man, I could barely finish reading Blindness; far too much violence and too depressing! But I suppose I'm glad I read it. Just so I know what people are talking about. :)

j said...

i'm from portugal, as is (was) saramago and i'm really happy to see his name in here because he is an amazing amazing writer, though many people don't understand him. great taste, tania.

Angela said...

Thanks for the recommendations! The Untouchable...is that the book that was made into The Untouchables? I haven't read/watched either, but one of my students recommended the movie to me just yesterday.

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Patricia said...

Oh, I LOVE Blindness. I had to read it way back in high school English.. it was one of the books that I really enjoyed back then. I've always meant to read the sequel but never gotten around to it... know if its any good?

And I might have to follow your recommendation and read The Untouchables. Without knowing anything about it besides the title sounding cool, spies, and the fact that your saying its one of your fave. books, it has already grabbed my interest.

Anonymous said...

Jose Saramago wrote one of my all-time favorite books-- Death with Interruptions. It starts on the first day of the new year, when no one dies and follows the initial celebration and then the eventual panic when all the consequences begin to be realized. It's great. :)

Elise said...

My older brother insisted that I read Youth In Revolt as a high school student. It was a very good call on his part and I need to revisit it. Until then, I'm going to check out the Untouchable! Thanks for the recommendations!

ThePinkMargarita said...

ooooh! i love the untouchable too :) have a great week ahead!

much love,
thepinkmargarita.blogspot.com

brittni said...

I loved Blindness, I read it back as a sophomore in a college class and it was great fun to read and discuss. I have since read many of Saramagos books and my two favorites besides Blindess are All The Names and The Double. I've also read the sequel to Blindness (Seeing), and found it rather dissappointing compared to the original. I love your book recommendations!

XX, Brittni
withlovefrommichigan.blogspot.com/

 Pretty Little Mountains said...

Great recommendations! I am totally needing some new books and all the ones I pick out I just can't seem to get into. Thanks! Can't wait to go pick up a couple of these : )
Carie
http://prettylittlemountains.blogspot.com/

aaez said...

you in revolt it is! i saw the movie and liked it alright but the book sounds like the way to go. thanks for the suggestions!!

Julie said...

I think I read somewhere that Laura Viers' song "Don't Lose Yourself" was inspired by "Blindness" but now I can't find any references to it online.

sartoriography said...

WORD on the Blindness recommendation. Jose Saramago is a pimp. Adding The Untouchable to the top of list of books that I dream of someday reading when school stops torturing me. :)

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