Ok, you’ve read which books Justin, Jessica & Meghan are picking up over the holidays, now it is our turn:
What Brad & Shannon are Reading Over the Holidays
1) Sunset Park by Paul Auster – Ever since I read the New York Trilogy many moons ago I have devoured every Auster book I can get my mitts on. He manages to blend suspense, detective fiction, post modernism, and the just plain weird into his masterful novels. This is his new books and I can’t wait to crack that spine!
2) C by Tom McCarthy – This book was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and the synopsis immediately grabbed my attention. It seemed like the kind of postmodern, bizarre, time spanning, mind bending novel that I live for.
3) The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade – I’ve always heard wonderful things about Art Slade. He’s charming, he’s hilarious, he’s brilliant, he’s Cory’s BFF. When he came into the office a while back I finally got my hands on a copy of the first in his Hunchback series. It looks like a blast! A hunchback baby sold out of a cage, trained to be a masterful secret agent with the power to transform his appearance. Also, did I mention it’s STEAMPUNK! Sold.
4) Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – So I realize I’m kind of late to the Martin party. This series of fantasy novels have a massive following. My brother Alex has been trying to get me to read the first in the series for a long time now and I keep picking it up, feeling its mighty heft, and putting it back down. It took HBO making a TV show about it (sometime in the New Year) to force my hand. I watch everything HBO does and want to be on the cool team that has already read the book and can talk about how much better and more “pure” it is.
1) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I saw David Mitchell read at IFOA and I must admit, it was quite swoon-worthy, so this Christmas I will be curling up with his highly-recommended Cloud Atlas.
2) The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen – People keep debating which Franzen they like best in the office, Freedom or The Corrections. Since I have only read Freedom (and loved it) I have decided to pick up The Corrections this holiday season. Plus, with Carolyn, Meghan and Cory all vowing to read it we have our own mini book club going on. Will there be a Savvy Reader post about it? You betcha.
3) Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby – I love Nick Hornby and I haven’t read this one yet, and this is what Chapters says about it: “A tale of music, superfandom, and the truths and lies we tell ourselves about life and love.” Count me in.
4) The Radleys by Matt Haig – This book is about an everyday family… of vampires! So it’s quirky, not about sparkly vampires, Cory named it as one of his favourite reads of 2010, AND it has a really awesome cover. I am definitely excited about this book.
Well, what’s on your list?
For more on what the Savvy Readers are reading, see Justin, Jessica & Meghan’s lists.