I’m currently reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I picked it up in our Secret Santa at work two years ago, but I’ve wanted to read some of his for a while as they get a good rep over here (over there too, I expect).
Must-reads… I’ll be here all day Here are some that spring to mind. This is in no way extensive, and it depends what genres you’re into:
Dracula (Bram Stoker) – eerie, gothic classic
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell) – expertly woven narrative (not wanting to say too much)
11.23.63 (Stephen King) – gripping mix of sci-fi and history
Death at Intervals (Jose Saramago) – brilliant social commentary and fascinating ‘what if’ scenario
Anything by Chuck Palahniuk – I love his dry, compulsive writing style (I also met him and came home with a naked blow-up doll)
Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury for short stories
I can’t think of a book to avoid – probably because I rarely come across them, or erase them from memory if I do.
I don’t get as much time for reading these days, which makes me sad. I used to love reading – now it takes me about a month on average to finish something. I also listen to more podcasts and audiobooks than I did in the past. And I go on this really addictive forum too – perhaps you know it.
I never have that problem! But I do feel a strange emptiness when I get to the end of a book I’ve been really engrossed in.