I’ve been a little bit behind on my reading, as well as my blogging, as you oh-so-loyal readers might have noticed. I must be having too much post-work wine and tv… it happens. Especially to lawyers. It’s sometimes an effort to be intellectual in my free time. I’m working on it though. I finally just finished The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides. I haven’t read any of his work before, but he’s got a Pulitzer, so that’s recommendation enough for me. He’s also written Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides. I digress. I thought this was very well-written with excellent character development. You empathize with all of the characters, even when you don’t necessarily want to.
The college/post-college story brought me back to I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe, another really interesting, modern read. Both are full of characters teeming with intellectual vanity. I felt like I had a lot of homework to do to catch up on all of the literary references in the Plot. Eugenides is an excellent writer and I will absolutely be reading his prior works. You should check this one out. Buy it here. Anyone have any recommendations for my next read? Anyone want to start a book club?!?
As I was browsing around the interwebs, looking for my next good read, I stumbled upon this awesomely-named blog, Insatiable Booksluts (thanks WordPress). Love it. This site has a bunch of great challenges, where you read all kinds of prize-winning books, to make sure you’re not laying around reading, well, crap. As the type-A lawyer, I like me a challenge – it’s good to have goals! There are several challenges, check out the link below to see what kinds of crazy nerd-fun you could be having. As I am no wimp, I’ve chosen the second easiest challenge, hah. Maybe if I EVER complete this one, I’ll move on and up. Thank goodness there is no deadline for this homework assignment, or I’d get a D. I have chosen the Full Frontal (not ONLY because of the name), which means I am committing myself to reading the following:
- 3 books by Nobel laureates
- 3 novels that won the Pulitzer Prize
- 3 books that won the Man Booker Prize
- 1 book that won the PEN/Faulkner award
- 1 book that won the National Book Award for fiction
- 1 book by an author that won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature
I’ve decided my first book will be The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, which won a Pulitzer in 2002, mostly because I already own it.
Join the challenge!
I am excited! Nerd nerd nerd, nerdy nerd nerd. Someone join me and we can have a cyber book club!