Books I Want To Read

A quick trip over to the bookstore yesterday found me updating my ‘must-buy-book’ list. Let’s see:

1. We Need To Talk About Kevin caught my eye, nevermind the fact that it was on a bottom shelf at a tucked away corner of the bookstore. You’d expect the kevinbook_1.jpgwinner of the 2005 Orange Broadband prize for fiction to be prominently displayed – but no – the Da Vinci code and Jeffrey Archer’s newest novels occupied the top rows. Bestsellers vs Award Winners right in your face – and this was a small bookstore, mind you.

I like the premise of Kevin: shortly before his 16th birthday, Kevin Katchadourian kills seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher. The main narrative of the novel is then contained within a series of letters by his mother, Eva, to his estranged father, telling him the story of Kevin’s upbringing. Is she at fault for her son’s actions? Or is the evil he shows inherent in Kevin’s very being? The novel asks some very disturbing questions and I can’t wait to read it.

2. Lord Of The Flies is my favourite book – something I’ve read twice over – but my copy went missing about a year ago. I’m on the lookout for a better, nicer looking edition (let’s say my old one had encountered a few insect problems) and this cover caught my eye:

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It looks kind of innocent, especially for a novel with such dark, overarching themes. But I still love it – and if it tricks my family members into reading it, then why ever not?

3. The Book Of Air And Shadows. I know it soundsbookairshadows_1.jpg very much like the Da Vinci code (A distinguished Shakespearean scholar found tortured to death … A lost manuscript and its secrets buried for centuries … An encrypted map that leads to incalculable wealth …) – but we all need a regular dose of roller coaster fiction, don’t we? Something you can enjoy and … that’s about it. No need to rethink your set of values, no need to consider a theme or point of view that the author presented and which you’ve never thought of before. Just pure, orgasmic reading.

This is going to be bliss. I’ll be expecting to buy these books within the next two months, if I can find copies at the (mostly small) bookstores I frequent. And when that happens I’ll probably disappear from the web, immersed in a world quite unlike our own.

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  • http://www.ohouse.ca Gloria Hildebrandt

    The cover of Lord of the Flies looks innocent? Not to me! It looks supremely creepy and menacing, just right for the book. This should draw a lot of high school students’ attention, especially the boys. The girls, perhaps not so much. But then I think girls are better readers than boys in high school.

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    It does it does! I tell you it does! C’mon – a cute, orangey fly and …

    Come to think of it, the fly doesn’t look that cute. But at least it was better than my old edition – the head of a pig on a stake, with blood.

    I’ll take the fly anytime.

  • http://www.ohouse.ca Gloria Hildebrandt

    Ah, yes, I had forgotten the pig’s head. This is better than that one, I grant you.

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    Good. Then with your approval I’ll be getting this version. :-)