As a student of science, who was once an artist, I have definitely been feeling a little art-starved lately. I don’t have the time or resources to turn my bathroom into a darkroom, I have never been any good at drawing, my MCASD membership just expired, and I have pretty much exhausted the good content on Netflix, so I am left with literature.
I just asked the handful of you who follow me on twitter for fiction recommendations, and I am going to begin compiling a list of things I think I am interested in here. If you have any strong feelings or come across anything good on your own feel free to let me know. I love Vonnegut, but I have read most of it all already. And as I am pretty comfortable in my feminist ideals, you can stop pushing “Lean In”. Also I like the idea of covering some more of the Classics. Where should I start with Hemingway? While I am leaning towards fiction, this is not a hard fast rule.
(and yeah I know you are supposed to do this at the beginning of summer, not the end. Don’t ask me how my summer has been…)
Here is the list so far:
“As I lay dying” by Faulkner
“The bell jar” by Sylvia Plath
“Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka
“Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance” by Robert Pirsig
“One Hundred Years of Solitude” by GGM (I might have read this already, but I think it was “Love in the Time of Cholera” which I loved)
“Me talk pretty one day” by David Sedaris
“A brief history of time” by Stephen hawking
“Never let me go” by Kazuo Ishiguro
And yes, all of these images and even the interest for reading these books, inspiration for the twitter post, etc…came from these two buzzfeed lists: http://www.buzzfeed.com/spenceralthouse/23-books-you-didnt-read-in-high-school-but-actually-should and http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/books-that-will-actually-change-your-life
I am a sucker for book lists but the NYT has let me down a couple of times, plus they assume I have read all this stuff already…