I’ve read a ton lately. In fact, I actually just reached the mid-way point for my goal of reading 50 books this year!
I’ve been really into short stories lately. Most recently, I read In The Penal Colony and The Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka. I love Kafka and these stories were no exception. The Penal Colony, in particular, was fantastic. I love being able to sit down with a story and finish the whole thing in less than a day. I have this thing about finishing things I start so short stories are perfect for me. I’ve read a few others recently as well but none that grabbed me quite like these. Let me know if you know of any short stories or (even better) books with many short stories. Currently, I’m reading a collection of short stories (Drown by Junot Diaz) and loving it.
I’ve also held true to my absolute devotion to Haruki Murakami. I have yet to read anything at all that I haven’t loved. Most recently, I finished Hear the Wind Sing (his first novel) in hopes of reading the entire “The Rat” series. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find book #2 anywhere locally so I may have to order it from Amazon. I also read Murakami’s Underground during my four plane rides during the past week. Underground is absolutely nothing like Murakami’s novels – it is instead based on real accounts of the Tokyo gas attack. It was very interesting, especially because I had never even heard of the event. It sounds like it was one of the most horrific acts of terrorism in Japanese history. Finally, I just bought a copy of 1Q84 when I visited the Strand Bookstore in New York last week. Cannot WAIT to get started on that one.
Speeeeaking of Strand, I also bought The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa which I already started reading. I think I’ve read before that it’s one of Daniel Radcliffe’s favorite books…lol…which is why I picked it up. It is amazing so far – really, really fantastic. I’m reading it rather slowly though, it is definitely something that needs to be appreciated.
Finally, I also read One More Thing by BJ Novak. I was really looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed it but not in the way I was expecting. I guess I didn’t really know it was a book of short stories and not necessarily another hilarious celebrity memoir. It was still great! and funny! It is so cool to know that this comedic guy I love seeing on my tv is also a story writer! (I guess that shouldn’t be that surprising considering he’s a writer…anyway…)
Besides starting 1Q84, I’m also looking forward to reading Pride and Prejudice soon. I have to work on my PopSugar challenge a bit – so far I’ve been reading whatever I want and just seeing where things fit into the list. I’m getting to the point now where I specifically have to pick books that fit the challenge’s requirements.
Let me know if there are any books you think I should check out soon. Again, my highest recommendation is for anything by Murakami but I also think, if you don’t mind really sitting with a book, The Book of Disquiet is amazing.