I love to know what people are reading. If a stranger is reading a book in public, I'll strain to see the cover. I'm forever asking my bookworm friends what they're currently enjoying; I'm now obsessed with Good Reads, the kind of social media that I wholeheartedly support. I got it from my dad - from an early age, talking books became our primary mode of communication. We still do it, every time we see each other or speak on the phone: "What are you reading lately?"
So I thought I'd open up the discussion to some of the smartest readers I know. Between the trailers for Life of Pi and Cloud Atlas released this week, I'm in an extra bookish mood - which works out great, because I just received some juicy new books for my birthday.
I'm currently reading The Rook by Daniel O'Malley, and I am riveted. I only started reading it last night and I can't put it down. The book is wry, exciting, mysterious. A woman wakes with no memory, standing in a rainy park surrounded by unconscious bodies wearing plastic gloves. She's been beat to hell and there's a letter in her pocket that begins,
The body you are wearing used to be mine."
She learns her name is Myfanwy Thomas, and she must follow the instructions she left for herself to discover the truth behind her extraordinary ability and enigmatic ties to the government, as well as who exactly is trying to kill her. Delicious, right? And sharply written, cleverly told. It's just the kind of novel I enjoy - sneaky, mysterious fun that is beautifully wrought.
Right now I'm also reading Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches To Twin Peaks, edited by David Lavery, in honor of our new TV Timewarp series. The book isn't quite as in depth as I'd hoped, although a couple of the essays have been very illuminating. It's not too dense, quite an easy read, and always fun if not strictly comprehensive.
I recently finished Lynch on Lynch, edited by Chris Rodley, and it's a wholly engrossing book. David Lynch talks about the making of Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks - all of his works through the book's publication date of 1997, so unfortunately Mulholland Drive isn't discussed. The book is a collection of interviews and essays, all offering Lynch's uncommon perspective and insight.
Before that, I flew through the novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline in a day; I neglected everything else in my life until I reached the end. The book takes place in 2044, and everything sucks. Every possible crisis we fear (fuel, nuclear, climate) has become a reality, and most people live in crappy, miles high vertical mobile home towers called stacks. Everyone spends every possible minute in the OASIS, a virtual reality system that constitutes an entire universe, with thousands of incredibly detailed and populated planets. People are educated and employed within OASIS - and the man who created it just passed away, leaving a $250 billion fortune to the first person who solves his '80s pop culture inspired Easter egg puzzle. It's just a wildly fun book, nothing too substantial yet entirely absorbing.
And next I intend to read Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace, because it's my good friend Hulk's favorite book and he's sending it my way. Of course I love DFW, but I've never read Consider the Lobster and I'm itching to dive in. Once I finish devouring The Rook, that is.
Now it's your turn! What are you reading right now? What have you recently read? What do you want to read next? Do you recommend these titles or no? Let's hear it.