I currently can't find my list of 2010 books for Bookclub, but I'm thinking I may have read half. I had the finest intentions this month and was about halfway through the book when I realized I was reading the wrong month. (This month's book appears to be only attainable online and also, abysmal.) I will hopefully finish the second half of next month's book by the meeting. Maybe I can really get it together for the second half of the year. Seriously, I am not reading All the King's Men again and you can't make me.
The problem with sucking at bookclub is that I am in a bit of a reading rut. I am currently working my way through the Aunt Dimity series, which is fun, if a bit silly. I think of these books as a palate cleanser. There isn't much there, but they are a good read after you've been embedded in something heavy for a while.
I also have been eating up Neil Gaiman. (Not in that way, ewww!) For a long time, I thought I didn't like him much, because of Good Omens. See, I love Terry Pratchet and hated Good Omens, so I must hate Neil, right? Or not. Because then I read American Gods and Anansi Boys and I liked them both quite a bit. Later, I got around to reading Neverwhere, which was a book club book like a year and a half ago. (See, I'll read all this crap eventually.) And I loved it.
Someone I worked for had mentioned The Graveyard Book to me, so I picked it up and have been making the great Neil Gaiman YA Fiction tour ever since.
I paused in these endeavors to read the newest Stephen King (well, until Blockade Billy came out, which I will read - eventually) and the newest Joe Hill. Otherwise, I've read a couple of short story books and well... that's been it for a while.
So, here is your mission, should you choose to accept it: I want book recommendations. I want book recommendations coming out my ears. I'll probably never get around to half of them, because I'm very laid back about when I read stuff. But, I've worked through the better part of my "Must Read" list and now, I don't know, I'm floating.
- Science Fiction - hard or soft, but I especially love SciFi with religion in it. I'm weird like that.
- YA Fiction - I'm not going to say that I only like really great stuff, but I don't have any interest in reading bad YA fiction.
- Horror - But here, I am super picky. I loooove good horror, stay up all night, can't put it down, creepy down in your bones horror. I hate badly done, ho hum horror.
- Non-horror stories with horror elements - I'm thinking vampires, werewolves, witches, etc. that aren't precisely scary stories. Almost anything supernatural has an automatic "in" for me.
- Books that change your life - like Wally Lamb. These are especially hard for me to find on my own, because they tend to not be the kind of thing I gravitate towards. For the record, I hated Middlesex.
- Fantasy - This is complex, because I love Harry Potter, which many consider fantasy. What I mean is really that dragons and damsels type of fantasy. Stereotypical fantasy. Happens in another world that is oddly similar to feudal Europe fantasy. Yuck.
- Mystery - Again, complicated. I read the Dresden books and Aunt Dimity is a mystery series. But, please keep your counting books, and private detective cats to yourself.
- "Christian" Lit - Now, understand, I love a good book that asks hard questions about faith (which is precisely why I like a little religion in my science (fiction that is). If a book you love comes from a faith-based point of view or explores issues of faith, feel free, but it comes from the Christian Lit section of the bookstore and it's designed to keep people from reading those dangerous secular books, then I really don't need it.
- Chick Lit - I have nothing to say about this except that I find it deeply insulting that some people believe women should have "different" literature than men. We've always had different tastes. Show me a man who loves Pride and Predjudice and I'll show you... Well, a minority. That's life. But the idea that we should paint books pink and make them primarily about shoe shopping is downright insulting. Enough said. End soapbox rant.