Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Books & A Challenge

A family member asked me for book suggestions and I thought it would be fun to post my reccomendations. Let me know what you have read below and enjoyed (or disliked) and what books you love.

Books That Are Awesome (in no particular order)
Love in the Time Of Cholera
Fear of Flying
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Road
Blindness
The Time Traveller's Wife
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Red Tent
Bel Canto
Middlesex
Life of Pi
Gone With The Wind
The Eyre Affair
A Farewell To Arms

Books You Likely Have Not Heard of But They Are Great
The Book of Lost Things
The Shadow of The Wind

Short Stories I Like
The Yellow Wallpaper (Gilman)
The Long Walk and The Mist (S. King)
Teddy, Franny, and a Perfect Day For Bannana Fish (J.D. Salinger)
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Summer Challenge:
I challenge any of you (in Calgary) to read ALL of the following books that relate to women's issues this summer and then come together to discuss. If you are going to attempt this challenge please let me know so I can re-read them as well.
The Yellow Wallpaper
Fear of Flying
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
The Red Tent

Happy Reading

12 comments:

Tan said...

I will agree with Missy that the following books fall in the awesome category:

The Red Tent
The Life of Pi
The Time Traveller's Wife (maybe not awesome but a very intriguing read)

Others not on her list :)
Girl with the Pearl Earring
God of Small Things
Night
A Thousand Splendid Suns

Books I couldn't put down but won't put in the awesome category:

Lovely Bones (awful subject but I couldn't stop reading)
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (no high literature here but a good fun read)
Kite Runner
Water for Elephants

I haven't read everything on your list, Missy, but we tend to converge and then diverge in our taste of books, don't we? Thanks for the post!

Alex said...

I wonder how many men will jump on the challenge to read as many books about "women's issues" as possible. ;-)

ChrisW said...

I dunno, it all seems a little sexist to me? why were only women invited to this challenge ;)

Miss said...

If you read carefully you will see this is not limited to women - the theme is women. Anyone that likes women is invited. Alex, you should go for it. 2 of the books are easy to read, one is a tiny short story and one is non-fiction. Go for it. Jack is a great reader and I know he has read at least one of them. He could easily do it.

Steely Dan said...

Missy, I have read 5 of your books on the list (including Other Boleyn Girl) but none included in the challenge. If you have the books and were willing, I would like to borrow them and I will have them all read in two weeks. Let me know.

Alex said...

Missy, I have read 7 of your books on the list (including Other Boleyn Girl) but none included in the challenge. If you have the books and were willing, I would like to borrow them and I will have them all read in two days. Let me know.

Leo said...

Missy, I have read one of your books on the list but none listed on the challenge. If you have the books and were willing, I would like to borrow them and I will have them all read in two days, have sorted all my kids clothes, washed and put away 6 loads of laundry and baked a banana bread! Let me know. :)

P.s. this is my first comment on the Miss Adventures site!

Miss said...

I can't believe I forgot 100 Years Of Solitude. Also, Eat Pray Love would be great extra reading for the challenge.

Steely Dan said...

WTF! What did I do?
PS - I read Eat Pray Love too but am still one book behind the great Alex. And I am bit embarassed to have read the Other Boleyn Girl. Commute fodder.

Anonymous said...

This is frightening. I'm sitting in a hotel in Minneapolis right now and thought I would take a break from reading and watching "Cold Case" files on A&E and do my monthly check on the bloggers I know. Scary because I find my name mentioned and scary because the book I was reading is "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Marquez........
I feel so in touch...

Tan said...

Ahhh....Jackie....I knew you were anonymous this whole time. Your monthly check, hey....hmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

I can't believe this is such a popular site! I had no idea there was such high-brow discourse going on here; literature AND laundry AND baking. From both men and women! I really need to check in here more often!
For what it's worth, I've read all the books on all the lists, it only took me two hours and I cleaned my house, polished the appliances, cooked dinner and delivered a baby while reading!