Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day Seven - 4 Books

Today is Day Seven of the Ten Day Huma Rashid Bloggy Challenge.  I shall list four books that I have read and that I suggest other people should read, for I have enjoyed reading them.  Sadly, since I began law school I have a bitter feeling towards the written word.  It offends me that it's all up in my face all the time.  How am I supposed to enjoy you, written word, if I can never get away from you?  I think I have read 3 books altogether since 2007 when this law journey began.  No bueno.  Also, I don't have my books in front of me here...so I can't just look and see.  Sigh.  Well, here is my list of four books, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

1.   Catcher In the Rye.  Yeah, yeah, yeah...very angsty and stereotypical.  Shutup, ya phony.  I read this book once a year.  Mr. Salinger, or J.D. as his friend called him, is my favorite writer of all time.  He writes like people think or speak, which is how I write as well.  This is the one book I read in high school and it has stuck with me ever since.  I love my beaten up old dog-eared copy.  It helps remind me I'm not the only one who is crazy and dislikes most other people.

2.   White Apples. by Jonathan Carroll.  This book single-handedly changed my outlook on life and death.  It is an absolute masterpiece.  I was never a spiritual person, but this made me one.  It has a way of making you look at every day as a piece of a whole and to realize everything you do matters both to you and everyone else.  Jonathan Carroll is a beautiful writer.  I also like him because he's fallible.  I've read about five of his books and three weren't good (though still beautifully written and creative, they just struggled to form a coherent path) but two were outstanding (the other is called Glass Soup).  I like when I can see a writer struggling to find the story every once and a while.  It helps me relate to them as people instead of this person who's able to write a book when I can't.  If I had to suggest one book in the world to others, it would be White Apples.

3.   Hearts in Atlantis.  by Stephen King.  Please ignore the terrible movie that was made based on the book for the purposes of this entry.  This isn't a typical Stephen King book.  It's not creepy or scary or exceptionally weird.  It is still fantasy, it's Stephen King after all, but it's more worldly.  It centers around the sixties and the Vietnam war and involves several stories intertwined into one narrative.  Plus, I love the sixties...in fact, I wish I was how old I am now, in the sixties.  This book is incredible though.  Go read it.

4.   Prosser on Torts Angela's Ashes.  by Frank McCourt.  Did you really not think this was going to happen?  This is an autobiographical story about a poor Irish family who moved to New York City from Limerick, Ireland.  I mean...c'mon!  It is full of sadness and dark, Irish humor.  It was meant for micks like me.  I read it while in Ireland, in particular, while in Limerick.  I remember walking down the River Shannon and picturing it as a sad reminder of the horrors these poor Irish folk had to deal with.  It was quite the connection.  And then I went to a Pub and felt better (I was 15).  


Anonymous said...

LMAO at "Prosser on Torts." I didn't like CitR that much, personally, but it was okay. I'M NOT A PHONY I SWEAR. >:( I enjoyed reading it, I just didn't care that much. Does that make sense? Like, I don't dislike it. I just like a lot of other books more. :P

I don't like Stephen King. He's scary. :( I don't like that. I will check the other two out, though. They have been added to my list!

JoshueTree said...

Yeah, Catcher either hits you or it doesn't. Understandable. And Stephen King certainly isn't for everyone, but I will say...this book is more fantasy than scary.

White Apples is awesome...but it is fantasy. He has some quirky things that happen (In one book, God is a Polar Bear...for serious)...but it's played out by really, really...real characters. He deals almost exclusively with God/life and death/after life...etc.

Amie said...

I haven't read any of these. I tried to read Angela's Ashes, but didn't like it. Irish Kid Fail.

Pauline said...

I've read Catcher in the Rye multiple times, but I never really got it. Maybe it's a gender thing.

I'm pretty sure White Apples was on my to-read list once. I'm not sure if I ever did actually read it or whatever came of it, but that does sound very familiar.

Pauline said...

Also, have you read Stephen King's Dark Tower series?

JoshueTree said...

I never thought about it that way but I can definitely see how Holden's character would relate much better to males.

I have not read that series.