Am off on holidays and desperately looking for book recommendations to bring with me. Now, here’s the caveat: I’m a ridiculously fussy when it comes to books. Someone bought me – actually bought me (I don’t know which word to italicise for best effect there) – a Claudia Carroll book a while ago. Friend, do you know me at all? I’m anti chick-lit in a way that most people are anti-racism, but am prone to the odd biography, occasionally like crime fiction but can’t abide sci-fi. Recent book purchases, gifts and borrowings have all been fairly old titles, but the following which might give you an idea of what floats my literary boat.
Tove Jansson – Fair Play (thanks Penny!)
F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Rich Boy (had never heard of this one until I saw it in a nice edition recently)
Claudia Carroll – Do you Want To Know a Secret? Hmmm.
Carson McCullers – The Member of the Wedding (read an interesting article about this book a while back and mentioned it to a friend who loaned me her copy)
Jack London – The Call of the Wild (have never read anything by him, but another writer I like swore that he was the bee’s knees)
So please hit me with your favourite books, summer reads or anything else that might help me as I lie basking in sunshine next week.
Speaking of bewks, regular commenter Women Rule Writer posted about a new blog, the tongue-twistery Women Writers: Writing Women – Rooms of Our Own, that’s looking for some support and will be looking at writing from women. In her first post, Nessa lists “Louise Gluck, Anne Stevenson, Eavan Boland, Paula Meehan, Virginia Woolf and Elizabeth Barrett Browning” who have influenced her as a writer.
Stop by and check it out.