Sunday 15 April 2012

Recommend a book for me

I am a person who reads in the morning while having my morning coffee, at lunch while eating my soup, in the afternoon while grading student homework, in the evening with a hockey game on TV (my husband's choice) in the background, at night when all the world around has fallen asleep... I'd also read at the lessons but I know it is impossible, unfortunately.

I am an omnivore. I read everything. But I have my preferences.

The books you see in the picture have been taken from the shelf randomly, not because they are my favourites, although I loved these too.

I read travel books and crime stories, I read memoirs and biographies, I read psychological thrillers and children's books, I read drama, romance and love stories, I read action and adventure books, I read cookbooks and gardening books, and of course I read books on methodology and didactics.

For me, a good book should open up a new world (like Elif Shafak's The Bastard of Istanbul), make me fall about laughing (like Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There), shock me (like Kate Long's The Daughter Game), surprise me (like Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife), shake me (like Anita Shreve's Testimony), entertain me (like Jo Nesbo Nemesis),  terrify me (like James Rollins' Amazonia) and soothe me (like Maeve Binchy's Evening Class).

I'd like you to suggest a book for me which I could read next. I have been given great recommendations before (like Elif Shafak's book suggested by someone on Twitter - I am hugely grateful for it), and this is the time when I ask you, my readers. I am curious and I am impatient to make new discoveries in my world of written word.


Cindy Hauert said...

I share your addiction!
The House of Velvet and Glass, by Katherine Howe
Ape House by Sara Gruen
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

let me know how you liked them!

Cindy Hauert

Vicky Loras said...

Hi Baiba!

My recommendations are:
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
-Any book by Orhan Pamuk (especially Istanbul, The Museum of Innocence)
- Any book by Amos Oz (personal favourite (My Michael)
- Summertime by J.M Coetzee

Hope you like these!

Best wishes,

Baiba said...

Thanks so much, Cindy and Vicky! Will rush to explore the books :)

Eva Buyuksimkesyan said...

Hi Baiba,

I second Vicky about the museum of innocence and although a best seller I really loved One Day by David Nicholls.

Baiba said...

Eva, thanks for adding another suggestion! I have read Starter for Ten by David Nicholls, it was hilarious and really entertaining :)

Elina said...

I see I will have some new books to read once I get home, can't wait!!! And glad to see you mentioned Bill Bryson, i might just bring you some more of his work :))