Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Creative Query: I'm Looking for a Few Good Books

You've heard of a beach read? Well, I'm looking for a sky read. Sunday's flight from New York to Tel Aviv is more than 10 hours long. I can download books from my Kindle to my iPad* because I'm cool like that. I also plan to take a few real, solid, tactile books and magazines -- just for old time's sake.

Any suggestions on what I should read? All ideas are appreciated, other than "50 Shades of Grey." Seriously. I bought it. I tried to read it. The writing literally makes me cringe. The writing -- not the topic. Very important distinction. Erotica can be literature. Read Anaïs Nin.

(Hmmm. Even literary erotica is probably not the appropriate read for a flight to Israel. You can see why I need some help here.)

*I think it's a lot easier to read on the iPad -- better lighting and resolution.


Bud Simpson said...

I find it all but impossible to read while flying - the pilot needs my attention to be focused entirely on keeping the plane aloft - but when I travel, I like books that I can pick up and put down.

David Foster Wallace's "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" is a collection of nicely-written non-fiction essays.

Throw in a couple of David Sedaris titles, and then, try Andrew Sean Greer's, "How It Was For Me". A collection of short fiction pieces, but Greer will make you stop, go back and reread whole passages just for the sheer joy of reading them. He is a truly inspiring writer.

Don't forget to bring us all back something,mom. (8-))

Jan said...

Thanks, Big Bunny! And I will definitely look around for some Israeli toys to share. :-)

Other book options people have suggested via FB and email are: "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese and "A Reliable Wife" by Robert Goolrick.

I like the short stories and essays idea ... hadn't thought of that. They are good travel reads!

And I'm guessing your focus does help keep the plane aloft. Those bunny powers are pretty dang amazing.

Jan said...

And "Prodigal Summer" by Barbara Kingsolver ... I have never read any of her work and I understand it's wonderful.

Jan said...

And Deb suggests "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed.

Deb had problems posting comments, and I've heard that from others too. I have enabled the moderation feature, because I was getting spam comments. I don't know if that's the issue or not ...

Thanks, Deb! And thanks for the good wishes re: the trip. :-)