16 April 2010

the best books

A thought for today-the importance of reading good literature. Yes. I'm an English major. What can I say?

"It is only through literature that one can put oneself in someone else's shoes and understand the other's different and contradictory sides and refrain from becoming too ruthless. Outside the sphere of literature only one aspect of individuals is revealed."
-Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

"I choose to write about my experience not because it is mine, but because it seems to me a door through which others might pass. . . I want to speak directly out of my own life into the lives of others"

- Scott Russell Sanders, "The Singular First Person"

As the summer is fast approaching, I am starting to get excited to have a bit more time for personal reading. If anyone has suggestions for me, PLEASE tell! I'm always excited to hear what other people are reading!

A few suggestions from me to you:
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Solar Storms by Linda Hogan
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Hunting for Hope by Scott Russell Sanders
The Famished Road by Ben Okri
Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones
Paradise by Toni Morrison
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Kite Runner (and) A Thousand Splendid Suns byKhaled Hosseini

“seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom”
Doctrine and Covenants 88:118


e. del mar said...

put "a history of love" at the top of that list. you'll read it in two days anyway.

Anonymous said...

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss sounds interesting! :)

thanks for the suggestions!

I suggest you check out The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom :)

excellent story.
one of my fave!

Happy Friday!


ktb said...

Thanks for the suggestions!!

jorth said...

I loooooved The History of Love!

Here's a couple for you: The Cloud Sketcher by Richard Rayner and Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.

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Shelley Ann said...

ive heard that the kite runner and a thousand splendid suns were both amazing! maybe ill add those to my summer reading list!