"Pick A Book Up and Turn the Sheets Down.."

I'm starting to panic.

I have once again, come to the end of my queue of books. "My Queue" is a pile of books on my office floor in front of my bookshelves of books that I am working through reading.

Usually this pile grows and remains always present. I noticed as of last eve that the pile is no more. I am currently reading my LAST queued book. This troubles me.

So: "shut your face and go get some more books", I hear you say. It's slightly more complicated than this. I am picky. I am also a little overwhelmed when entering a book store/online or library. I can not just walk into a book store and browse. I can't do it. I need guidance. I need referrals. I need help people!! I usually read books that are referred to me. By a friend or even the little prompt at the bottom of am@zon that shows you recommendations based on prior purchases. When reading my weekly porn (Entertainment Weekly) I usually check out the book section and sometimes, just sometimes I find something that catches my eye. I have to give full credit to EW for pointing me in Dan Chaon's direction. What an amazing author.

Before I ask (and I've probably asked this before) I will say this. I love character novels..novels that really have massive character development. The kind where you know the characters life story and you feel like you could be related to them, love them, or want to marry them.
I don't like serials, mysteries or Dean K. type of stuff(I find he doesn't go as deep into character development). So now that that is on the table: Any suggestions of a good read??

I will list what I have read the past few months, how I found it, and my review, to give you an idea of what it's like in Pennyland. No worries..I won't go back too far, I don't want you to fall asleep now...

Lovely Bones-Alice Sebold- My first book read in a little e-book club I have with B. Both B and I were not super impressed with this novel. It had a lot of hoopla attached and not much to back it up.

Love is A Mix Tape-Rob Sheffield-Found this on BeckEye's blog and had to read this. This book was amazing. Rob had a way with words that really draws you in and makes you feel his feelings of love, loss and drive to go forward.

Await Your Reply-Dan Chaon-Found this in EW. I devoured this book. It has huge character development and follows three sets of people in different walks of life that all tie together in the end. Themes of loss, acceptance, finding ones self and becoming something new/better appeared in this book.

Her Fearful Symmetry-Audrey Niffennegger-EW had a great review, plus I read Time Travelers Wife. Firstly, I was very neutral on Time Travelers Wife. It wasn't as great as everyone was making it seem. I was very skeptic going into Her Fearful Symmetry but I could not put this book down. It seriously was the best book I have read all year. Not since The Story of Edgar Sawtelle have I been so consumed. Character development was marvelous, the story was like nothing I have ever read and I was sad to see this end. I kind of want to read it again, already, even though I have just finished it.

Among the Missing-Dan Chaon-Purchased because I loved Await Your Reply-This is a collection of shorts. I am not a huge fan of shorts unless KING writes them (he deserves the Caps Lock..get over it). I can not say enough good things about this writer. He reminds me of Raymond Carver. He has such an intensity with his words. He describes even the mundane in a way that will leave your soul changed. The short stories have so much character development and heart and a deepness that when you finish you are actually amazed he could pull that off in a short. Loved this book. It touched my heart. Themes were essentially the same as Await..love, loss, finding yourself, relationships and their core, reinvention.

You Remind Me of Me-Dan Chaon-Again..I have only just started this but I love it. So far it's about four different people who are all intertwined in some way that even though they are separated they all deal with similar issues of wanting to be loved, accepted, find and be comfortable with their selves and find a better life.

Okay..so thats it..Enlighten me...
pretty please :)

*blog title by Jewel-You were Meant For Me


rebecca December 3, 2009 at 10:31 AM  

Found your blog by way of BeckEye. I used to be a big-time reader but somehow along the way stopped reading because I became internet-addicted and the byproduct of that was ADD! What a terrible thing, no? Seriously, I am back to going to the roots of my childhood where I picked up a book and got lost in it for hours. I like sci-fi and mysteries, and since I know you don't care for those, I'll pass. But I read two good books within the past year that deal more with human emotions and humanity if you care: The Devil and Ms. Prysm by Paulo Coehlo (a novel between choosing right and wrong - very intriguing) and Buddha Wept by Rosco Lobosco (this is an autobiography and it is quite chilling and tears at the heart). And, these, like you, were books that I've had in my home library for quite awhile. I can go to a bookstore, no problem, and get lost for hours but my problem is coming out with only one book. Impossible. So since last year I vowed I would not buy any more books until I went thru the ones I had at home (and there are many!) and yet....yet....why do I go to the library and choose another one!!! *sigh* I guess readers are a funny lot....

I like your idea of a queue and I like your blog....

Best and good luck,

Penny December 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

I will have to def. check out those books. Thank you for the suggestions! I am very grateful!

B December 3, 2009 at 1:18 PM  

I really enjoyed "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini. I think they might be a good fit for you.

BeckEye December 3, 2009 at 5:16 PM  

Holy shit, I feel famous. People are finding you because of me...you're finding great books because of me...you know, I can see now why I was nominated for Blogger of the Year.

Hmm. I wonder if that nomination has gone to my head at all? No. Can't be.

Annnyyyyyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the book! It made me cry. And it made my list of "songs and/or bands I must look up" THAT much longer.

Bridget December 5, 2009 at 11:03 PM  

Ack, I wish I had a suggestion! I've been reading Sherlock Holmes recently and some YA fantasy fiction before that.

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