Today’s Weekly Geek’s is a fun one. Here’s the topic:
I wanted to talk this week about book recommendations. Where do you go for book recommendations? How often do you challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone? How often do you read outside your favorite-and-best genre? How often do you try a new-to-you author? How often do you take a chance? This week, I’d like to offer you a few opportunities.
So your assignment this week, if you choose to play along, is to ask your readers for recommendations. Choose a genre–any genre–and ask for recommendations. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Consider it as an “I’m looking for….”
The second part of the assignment is to write a list of recommendations and share them with your readers. Choose a genre–any genre–and share your list of favorites. I think of this as “If you’re looking for….”
Okay. I actually think I’m going to do the second part first. There are many different genres of books I enjoy. But I have found, over the years, that my favorite, FAVORITE books are those that pack a huge emotional punch. The books that I can’t stop thinking about when I’m reading them, and that I’ll think about for days, weeks, months, sometimes even years after I finish them. So I’ve compiled a short list of books you should read if you’re looking for a book you won’t soon forget. Here they are:
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
- I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
- City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
And now, what kind of recommendations am I looking for? I think that what I’m most interested in are your favorite obscure books. What books do you love that I’ve never heard of? Or, perhaps I’ve heard of them but they aren’t super-popular and don’t usually come up on best-of type lists. What book should I read if I’m looking for an awesome book that I haven’t seen before?