Sunday, December 16, 2007

Five Books I Loved

I am being quiet. It's been a bit of a crazy time these last few days. Much too much eating, and running about visiting people, sandwiched in between not-so-fun dynamics with R. I just haven't had the time to post anything.

But today I am inside all day avoiding Insane Storm, and so it is a fitting day to do the meme that the lovely Earnest English tagged me for. The meme asks one to name five books that one loved in 2007. So here goes. I don't know really what to say about these, besides "I loved it and it moved me." I'm not feeling inspired these days. So I guess I won't really say anything.

1. Veronica, by Mary Gaitskill. (I was most surprised and thrilled with this one.)
2. Be Near Me, by Andrew O'Hagan
3. Literature After Feminism, by Rita Felski
4. Borderlands/La frontera, by Gloria Anzaldua. (Reread this; always adore it.)
5. Soucouyant, by David Chariandy. (I just started this novel yesterday, but good god, do I love it already or what? The opening scene was three pages of perfection. I read it on the bus and began to cry. Also, it has possibly the world's best cover.)

I am meant to tag five people, but I'm just going to invite you all to do this. I'd love to see your inspirations and recommendations.


Neophyte said...

YES to AnzaldĂșa. One of very few feminist works that never grow old for me.

1. The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon.
2. Le labyrinthe du monde, Marguerite Yourcenar.
3. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami.
4. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë. (Re-read for the first time since I was fourteen or fifteen. What a revelation. Possibly the strangest novel I've ever read.)
5. Essais, Michel de Montaigne. (Only volumes II and III of Gallimard's poche edition, mostly because stupid could NOT get it together to send me volume I.)

Wow. This makes me realize that not that long ago, I got to read novels and memoirs and stuff whenever I wanted! That was a neat time. Not that I'm complaining, mind, not that I'm complaining...

medieval woman said...

Oh dear - I'm sorry about the weird dynamics - and I hope you're safe during that storm - TD is escaping it when he comes down here tomorrow.

Stay safe and warm and hope things become less crazy soon!