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.


7 comments

  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.

    Brilliant.

    • 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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