Ooh, some good ideas here!
I'm going through a phase of reading all the unread books on my bookshelf. Most recently these have included:My Name Is Red
, Orhan Pamuk (I was really bored by the time I got to the end, and felt very guilty, because apparently he's one of our great modern-day writers. Hmmm.)The Facts Behind The Helsinki Roccamatios
, Yann Martel (Nowhere near as good as The Life Of Pi
. I couldn't quite work out why. I don't think these stories have the same lightness of touch, and they didn't really spark my imagination at all. In fact, I'm already having trouble remembering some of them. I think they annoyed me because they made me feel depressed (they're all a bit gloomy), but without the corresponding and compensating thrill that comes from really good writing.)Couples
, John Updike (I liked it, but it took me about 100 pages to get into it, and the whole heterosexual-marriage thing felt fairly alien to me (but I suppose that's why one reads a novel, n'est-ce pas?), and I did find it rather uncomfortably androcentric at times.)Are You Experienced?
, William Sutcliffe (I've avoided this for a while, as it was one of the books everyone was reading when I was in India, and I like to avoid trends - but it's brilliant. I read it in a day, and it made me laugh out loud in public several times. You'll love it if you've ever had a gap year, or been to India.)Iraqi Women
, Nadje Al-Ali (Just started this one, and am very much enjoying it so far. She taught me last year, so I'm probably a bit biased.)