Thursday, May 31, 2012

Anything But

I've been cheating on the GG's lately. For the last 6 weeks or so I haven't been reading GG books. Just normal books. I needed a break, especially when I was on vacation and just wanted to read whatever was on sale at at the airport.

How do you feel about this weird scatter collage? Personally, I don't like it.

To be specific:

The Help, Kathryn Stockett
The Sentimentalists, Joanna Skibsrud
The Flying Troutmans, Miriam Toews
Bossypants, Tina Fey
The Cat's Table, Michael Ondaatje
Ten Thousand Saints, Eleanor Henderson

I'm not going to link to any online retailers because I think you should go to your local bookstore and buy it there.

Incidentally, I also joined Goodreads, because I'm just not on enough social networks these days. Are you there too? Let's be friends! I'm thecrabigail.


  1. I started to read A Visit from the Good Squad and I just couldn't get into it so I stopped. Everyone says how amazing it was, but I had a hard time seeing where the amazing was. Now I'm just reading crap, which I love. Since I spend all day reading and writing in technical language, I just want brain candy.

    1. Also, I'm on Goodreads - beckycaudill, I think.

    2. I didn't love the Goon Squad either. I actually put it down halfway through, left it for a couple months, and picked it up again because I feel guilty not finishing things. It was ok, but I'm a bit surprised by the hoopla too.

  2. Huh. I really enjoyed Goon Squad. But I'm a sucker for any book that semi-decently projects into the future (so many Margaret Atwood Books, for example). For the sake of being a reader who shares reading suggestions...and who hasn't really taken to Goodreads. Here are extra books you might consider:

    1. Carry the One, by Carol Anshaw
    2. Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson
    3. Let the Great World Spin, by Colum Mcann
    4. For total beach fun for the well-read person: the whole Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde (starting with the Jane Eyre Affair)

    1. Oooh, thanks for the recs! I've read Let the Great World Spin - it's a good one!

  3. Despite dragging on the GG's you earned some positive Canadian literary karma in the last couple weeks. With the karmic exchange rate being at about .95 US to 1 CDN, you even come out slightly ahead.

    1. I should offer out my services to all American publicists needing a consultant for their CanLit authors!


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