Friday, January 27, 2012

World Book Night: April 23, 2012

World Book Night looks like a really cool idea. I could be enthusiastic about The Poisonwood Bible (because it's a great book) and Mighty Reader heartily recommends The Namesake (because Jhumpa Lahiri is a great writer). What about you?


  1. An interesting list. A mix of genres and targeted audience, which makes sense, given the goal of this event. Also interesting because, unlike other lists, I've read more than just one or two of the books.

    I was a lot more affected by Wintergirls than I expected. Despite not touched by eating disorders, I felt very much a part of the narrator's psyche. I admire Nicole's Krauss's writing from reading Great House. Ditto for Robinson (Gilead.) I love Hunger Games and found Glass Castle a jarring experience: glad I read it but won't read it again.

    Been wanting to read Poisonwood and Kite Runner. Owen Meany sounds interesting.

    All in all, I find this a wonderful enterprise. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  2. Yeah, it's quite a mix! My pick would be I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

    Yat-Yee, Hi! Did I tell you I read Hunger Games? I liked the first 70% of it or so. It was a fun read.

  3. Domey: No I didn't know you'd read the Hunger Games. Do you care to share what you didn't like about the end?

    1. Yat-Yee, by the time I got to the end, I felt like too many "rules" of the games were there as a convenience for the author. <> I was looking forward to a much more dramatic ending when friends would have to face each other, but the story unfolded in such a way so as to avoid this tension completely. The love story also seemed corny to me!

    2. I see you point. The story did set up an inevitable climax but ended with a twist instead. I was just so bought into the whole deal that I didn't care anymore. I was a Believer. :)

      That's all a writer has to do; make a believer of me and I follow them whenever they take me.

  4. Definitely the Poisonwood Bible! And I Capture the Castle and The Time Traveller's Wife. I would sign up to be a giver but I've literally already given EVERYONE I KNOW a copy of the Time Traveller's Wife. Oh well.


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