Sometimes while reading a book I gag over the “horrible writing.” The weak dialogue, the cliche ridden similes, the mechanical plots, the recycled ideas…I could go on. I roll my eyes. I hiss.

I keep reading. Why?! Why do I do that?!

Last night I made Macaroni and Cheese with Hot-dogs. My kids love it. I think it’s gross, just disgusting. All that sodium, saturated fat, dehydrated cheese, orange dye, manufactured animal remains…I took a bite. I took another. I ate a bowl. Why?!

I ate carrots and hummus today. I need to go read some Dickens or Austen or…something. Anyone have any good book recommendations that will make my brain feel alive and healthy again? I’ll take fiction or non.


  1. Memoirs of a Geisha. It’s not a classic, but it has beautiful imagery and a poignant story.

  2. I know what you mean.

    I really do.

    But sometimes you need some junk to make you appreciate the good stuff even more.

  3. The Hunger Games? The Adoration of Jenna Fox? Graceling?

    I loved all of them, and not just for the stories, but the writing. Dude, the writing.

    Oh! And Skin Hunger.


    • Liesl

    • March 17, 2010

    • 11:17 pm

    Elana you are my reading soul-mate! Those are some of my favorites, but I’ve never read Skin Hunger, so I’ll delve in.

    Jess, I’ve heard lots about Memoirs of a Geisha but maybe I was looking for a personal recommendation to put me over the edge. I’ll check that out too.

  4. I loved Jamie Ford’s debut, HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET. Plus, his agent’s fantastic, so if you read the book (and love it), that’s great personalization:)

    • Liesl

    • March 19, 2010

    • 3:31 am

    Ah, all my lovely readers are so in tune with me! I read HOTEL right when it came out and loved it and I love the agent too.

  5. You could try The Historian, or if you need a shorter commitment, I just started reading Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez and it’s really amazing so far.

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