Okay, so I don't go out and buy books when they're new. Or slightly new. I find them in thrift stores and used books stores for a quarter or two. If it has a both covers in tact, even better.
Here are the top 10 books, according to me, that I read this past year. They may not have come out in 2008. Those books will be on the 2010 list, haha.
Mind this is ten books of the well over 100 I've read since january. I know its been over 100 because I read 50-60 something along between may and august.
10. David Sedaris - When You Are Engulfed in Flames
9. Jonathan Kellerman - Compulsion
8. Max Barry - Syrup
7. Tobias Wolff - The Night In Question
6. Brad Land - Goat
5. Jonathan Lethem - Men and Cartoons
4. Sloane Crosley - I Was Told There'd Be Cake
3. Steven Hall - The Raw Shark Texts
2. George Singleton - Half-Mammals of Dixie
1. Steve Almond - [Not That You Asked]
check these authors out, plus the billion other authors I could mention but won't ask me though, I like talking about it.
people laughed the entire fucking time. i was honestly amazed. I read the away message one over the summer and I was lucky if i got smiles at all. so, all this laughing? wow. both pieces went over pretty well. i don't want to toot my own horn, but i think i got the loudest applause. sweet.
As it turns out, "Hey Chris" of FOB fame (cause his writing certainly isn't noteworthy) spoke at this same coffee shop a couple weeks ago. He has had like 3 books and a few cds published. I have had 0 (ZERO) officially published.
Who had more people? Surely it must've been packed for hey chris you are saying.
Ha-ha! The plot twist!
I HAD MORE PEOPLE THAN HEY CHRIS. ME! THE UNPUBLISHED AUTHOR.
so Hey Chris, SUCK IT.
i hope he reads this, though I know he won't.
(nota bene: i realize this is slightly immature of me. I do not care. at all. this is an accomplishment for me.)
I read a lot. I go through books like addicts go through crack. Sometimes, if the book is good enough, I get the same feelings, cause I'm weird like that. Anyway, this is sort of for my own purposes as much as everyone else's (So I don't forget) Here are 10 books I feel should be read by everyone.
(In no order of awesomeness)
1. Anthony Bourdain -- A Cook's Tour [it is a kick in the nuts to the food writing world. just read it]
2. Dave Eggers -- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius [this guy is cocky, yet he can write. A memoir about him. The title doesn't lie... I hated this at first then went back and loved it.]
3. Chuck Palahniuk -- Invisible Monsters [He's fucked up. Who doesn't like fucked up these days?]
4. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. -- Slaughterhouse V, Cat's Cradle, Slapstick [I can't pick one. He's the best writer of the 20th century. Suck it, Hemingway.]
5. Augusten Burroughs -- Running With Scissors [If you've seen the movie, forget it. The book far outpaces in fucked-upitude and heartbreaking comedy]
6. TC Boyle -- Tooth and Claw [This is a collection of short stories that all made me want the story to continue. Every one. That's something]
7. Steve Almond -- Candyfreak [A memoir about candy. No, a hilarious memoir about candy. Speaking of, where's that Snickers...]
8. Alex Haley -- Roots [Yes, I'm talking about the classic epic of slavery. Read it, you'll be a better person.]
9. John Grogan -- Marley and Me [I know, I know, it was an Oprah book and on God knows how many other book lists. But I am a dog person. If you are, read it. It captures the essence of dog.]
10. David Morrell -- Creepers [This is a thriller novel. In terms of suspense, one of the best I've read, unlike that shitty King stuff...Boy I'd like to kick him in the shins.]
I am currently reading another David Morrell book, and have books by Chuck Klosterman up after that. I've heard he's good.