Reading Day – Suggestions?

I was just reviewing my list of things from The List that I said I’d do by the end of the year, and I spontaneously flipped through my calendar and chose Sunday, October 28, as the day I’ll spend the whole day reading, and wrote READING DAY in large capital letters. And then I erased it (nothing goes in my planner in pen!). I decided that before I designate a day for Reading Day, I need to find the book I will read. The book I’m reading now is ok, but not enough to keep me engaged all day, plus I’m already almost halfway through it, I think. So this is a plea for recommendations—what book can you suggest that’s long enough, interesting enough, engaging enough, that I’d want to read it all day long? Once I have some suggestions I’ll start the next step, which will probably be the more difficult—hunting down a specific English-language book in Buenos Aires!

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7 Responses to “Reading Day – Suggestions?”

  1. santoki Says:

    I just finished reading “World War Z,” by Max Brooks. It is a book about a Zombie virus that almost annihilates the human species. I know, a little out there. I was a little skeptical at first, but it is really engaging. It reads like a historical non-fiction, except with zombies.

    Not literature, but completely fun! xox

  2. Sarah B Says:

    How can a librarian not chime on on a few suggestions?

    On Beauty by Zadie Smith, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, What is the What by Dave Eggers, Suite Francaise by Irene Nimerovsky, Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett or Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides.

    Good luck and sounds fun!

  3. santoki Says:

    Might I suggest cat in the hat…

  4. santoki Says:

    Or perhaps the Patrick O’Brian, Aubrey/Maturin series?

  5. missmobtown Says:

    I sincerely second the recommendation for Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell — it is full of the stuff that could keep a reader planted in one place all day long.

  6. Amy Says:

    I’m almost sorry that I’ve already read nearly half your suggestions, Sarah! I agree Middlesex and Bel Canto would both be great choices for all-day reading.

    But maybe I missed something with Cloud Atlas, or I’ve been brainwashed. For years I’ve been saying I didn’t really like it, and my recollection is that it wasn’t an all-day kind of read for me. Yet the review I wrote of it is really vague on this point: “An interesting novel created from several interconnected short stories about different people in different time periods and different worlds, essentially.”

    And I just read a plot synopsis on Wikipedia that reminded me that I did find some of the individual substories interesting. Perhaps I had doubts about the merit of this genre, the intertwined stories? I really don’t know.

    At any rate, I’m off to the bookstore tonight, list in hand. We’ll see what I end up with!

  7. santoki Says:

    ZOMBIES!

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