More often than not, I read at least 5 books at a time, switching back and forth according to the mood, time, and the story I can’t stop thinking about.
The last time, my Kindle Booktank sat empty, I refuelled with an exclusively female cast: Zadie Smith, Edwidge Danticat, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, and Maya Angelou.
This time, I decided to try something different and read the classics. You know, those authors you hear people gasp about and pledge their writing muses to.
I skipped Literature in high school for Geography and skilfully dodged extra writing classes in college with the exception of an Autobiography class. Thus, I am a bit rusty in the works of these famed classical authors.
Google came to my rescue as I did a search for the top books every writer should read.
Now, I don’t know how objective the Flavorwire list I chose as a starting point was, but I am running on a full booktank again.
Here are the books I am reading and why I chose them.
- Studs Terkel- Working: Set against the backdrop of work ethics in the 1970s, Terkel interviews people from all walks of life about their jobs. I like interviews especially when presented in entertaining prose style. It is reminiscent of what Brandon Stanton does with Humans of New York.
- Joan Didion-The Last Thing He Wanted: I have always wanted to read a book by Didion after reading about her on The New Yorker. The White Album was actually my first choice, but I think this was a great choice too.
- Vladimir Nabokov- Pale Fire: This is quite embarrassing, but I have never read a book by Nabokov. Well, this is about to change. The Flavorwire list actually suggested to make this your first Nabokov read, so here it is.
- Vladimir Nabokov- The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov: My high school Economics teacher once said whatever you missed out of in childhood, you would crave in adulthood. I guess this explains the Nabokov overdose. He gets a double appearance on the list to make up for lost reading time 🙂
- Leo Tolstoy- War and Peace: The goal is to see how far I can read before caving in and tuning to the BBC’s latest series based on this book. Since The Economist expressed that this adaptation is more Austen than Tolstoy, I may not last long in reading this classic as I love ALL of BBC’s Austen adaptations.
There you have it. The 5 books on my mind at this time.
Have you read any of them or works by these authors?
I would like to read from you.