Thursday, January 19, 2006

Literature For Dummies.

Someone asked me a couple of days ago what my favorite book was.

You know, that's a really hard question. I had to think about it for a while, and I did say that I do like a lot of books, and I quoted some of the stuff that came to mind. ( King, Tolkien, Grisham even..)

But it got me thinking. I find reading to be a completely different animal than other activities. Take listening to music. If I'm in a bad mood, listening to certain music will alter that mood, either up or down , depending if I'm listening to the Foo Fighters (up) or The Tragically Hip (suicidal).

But books? If I'm in the right frame of mind I can tackle just about any genre.
If I just feel like relaxing with an old friend, I'll slip into the sci-fi /fantasy stuff. It's what I started reading when I was younger, and it's what I'm most comfortable with now. Other days, when I'm feeling inquisitive, I like to read books full of trivial information, ( I'll admit, I have a lot of The Bathroom Readers.) which are full of pop culture stories and semi-useless facts.
I also enjoy horror and suspense, and like I said, I have lots of books from each genre.

I've even expanded into graphic novels. You know, comics. Since the Twin owns a Comic Book Store, it's only right that I get a different graphic novel from him every Christmas. He never disappoints, and I find some of the stories that are there rival some of the full length novels I've read. ( That may be sacrilege to some, but believe me, there's some really good shit out there.)

I'm always interested in trying new authors, and I'll try anything once. The Sidekick occasionally has a good suggestion, and I have heard from others about what they like to read, but I would love to hear from anyone out there what their favorite read is.

So let it all hang out, and tell me what you think I should read.
And don't say the Kama Sutra: I gots that shit memorized.


  1. If you're getting into comics, I would definitely recommend 'Strangers in Paradise.'

  2. Anonymous12:13 am

    "Still life with Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins
    "Life of Pie" or "Self" by Yann Martel
    "Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk (surprisingly better than the film)

  3. I'm not actually anonymous.

  4. How many times do I have to tell you , you my friend and dearest hetero life mate are in fact the sidekick..but enough of that for now. As you know I tend to read alot of the nonfiction type stuff..mostly autobiograpgies(right now it BOB Dlan Chronicals vol.1) I just finished "Kingdom of Fear" by Hunter S thompson and after the book now I think I might actually get "Brother Ray" finished but to pick an absolute favorite of all books read is like asking me y favorite depends on the day but "High Fidelity" is always up there asn Shakey Neil young's Biographie are both great. But I also want to read Sex , Drugs and cocoa puffs...can't remeber who its by....and go fuck yourself you know you love the Hip!!...

  5. Thanks for the suggedtions.

    I've already read the first trade of Strnfers In Paradise, and it is excellent, definnitly not what I thiught it would be.

    I'd love to read Fight Club, I think I'll give it a shot when I see it next.

    And Sidekick, you know I've read High Fidelity already, you lent it to me. Great book, Great Movie.

  6. I have waited a long time do say this..use the spell checker fucker!!...hahaha