Thursday, July 24, 2008

recommendations

Occasionally, I read books that aren't trash. To mention a few recent reads:

In the category of books that make me laugh: Anything by P.G. Wodehouse. Fun, silly, improbable -- they're my cup of tea. As co-clerk Dave once astutely remarked, Wodehouse books manage to be light reading without being unintelligent, an all-too-rare trait.

In the category of books that make me think: The Great Partition, by Yasmin Khan. How do people go from being decently civil to killing one another by the millions? I still don't know, but this book about the partition of the Indian subcontinent gave me a lot to think about. Also, I'm now slightly less clueless about the history of India and Pakistan.

In the category of books that are just what they ought to be: The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. If you like children's fantasy literature, you should really check these books out. Imaginative and well-paced, they get the highly coveted Cindy Seal of Approval. I'm eagerly anticipating the release of the fourth book next April.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like Yasmin Khan' writing. She is a very different kind of outhor with different imaginations. I would like to talk about the new book I am reading 'A Girl And A River' by Usha K R. Its a beautiful book and is also nominated for Goldenquill award among the 5 best books. I found this book at http://www.indiaplaza.in/Goldenquill/

Sushumna said...

I love P G Wodehouse. He's God of smart humor. Been a while since I read books as good as his. mmm..Yasim Khan, have heard about the writer, but yet to read. Shall put it on my to- read list. I'm currently reading a lot of Indian authors. There's a lot of new talent in India, I think it's not been explored enough.

Cindy said...

"Smart humor" is a good way of describing Wodehouse's work. I haven't read many books by Indian authors, but I'm open to suggestions.

Anonymous said...

i'm gonna make my own post about it