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Actual Book Selection August 30, 2009

Filed under: Kay poh recommendations — mel @ 1:07 pm
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I’m always a little unsure of what to pick out from the  library or bookshop because I have a very in-between taste in books. Don’t like Da Vinci Code but cannot get through James Joyce. Don’t like to stick to any one writer or genre but then again, not quite bookish enough to keep abreast of the literary scene. But I’m really devoid of stuff to read at night at the moment and re-reads just don’t quite cut it.

Had a chat with Kenny and Karen, owners of Books Actually and Polymath & Crust (ostensibly for a possible article but mostly because I love hanging out in their bookshops) last week and they suggested 10 must-reads which I thought I’d share because it seems like a pretty interesting selection. I’ve only read five four from their list (and thoroughly approve of the “must-read” status) which makes me a little excited that there are at least five six more fascinating reads to explore soon!

Top 5 Fiction Books

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July by Miranda July

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories by Raymond Carver

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Top 5 Non-Fiction Books

A Little History of The World by E.H. Gombrich

On Photography by Susan Sontag

Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin

How to Cook a Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter by Richard Feynman

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2 Responses to “Actual Book Selection”

  1. Olfuvai Says:

    Mmm book recommendations! Then again I think my problem is the opposite of yours – way too many books on my nightstand. By the way, Ex Libris, while a fantastic read, isn’t fiction. It’s a collection of essays.

  2. melch Says:

    Your book blog is super extensive, can imagine why your nightstand is packed :)! Shan’t meddle with Kenny and Karen’s way of categorizing the books though yes, they did say it was a collection of essays.


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