Challenge Me! Results
This week's Booking through Thursday asked about the "best book we never read." I listed eight books. Then I asked you to choose which two books I should read before the year was up. Here are the totals:
Life of Pi — 19
Cranford — 9
Everything Is Illuminated — 7
Adam Bede — 5
The Sea — 2
Quartet — 2
August Is a Wicked Month — 1
Roxana — 0
The clear winner is Life of Pi, and Cranford is next. So I accept the challenge, and I'll read both before the end of the year.
Now I want to push one author and one book on you poor unsuspecting readers!
Pushing an Author
I'm a bit surprised that Edna O'Brien (August Is a Wicked Month) didn't get more votes. I admit that I was hoping she'd be at the top of the list. O'Brien is one of my favorite authors, and I highly recommend her Country Girl trilogy: The Country Girls, The Lonely Girl, and Girls in Their Married Bliss. Lit Chat at Salon reprinted an interview with O'Brien. Here's a sample:
"The Country Girls," was a simple little tale of two girls who were trying to burst out of their gym frocks and their convent, and their own lives in their own houses, to make it to the big city. It angered a lot of people, including my own family. It was banned; it was called a smear on Irish womanhood. . . . When I wrote my second book ("The Lonely Girls"), the opinion was the first was a prayer book by comparison.
I know many of you like an Irish setting and like to read about women's lives. I've read a handful of O'Brien's novels, and I haven't yet been disappointed. I'm hoping some of you might be tempted to pick up one her novels.
Pushing a Book
I don't know much about Quartet and haven't even seen the movie. But I did read Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, which was about Bertha Mason, the first wife of Rochester in Jane Eyre. If you are a Jane Eyre fan (Aren't most of you?), then Wide Saragasso Sea is required reading. I wonder how many of you have read it already.
Now It's Your Turn
My question is what are some the really good books or authors I've never heard of? What author or book do you think is underrepresented on the book blogs? I'm not asking for your favorite author or top read. I'd like to know about authors and books—old or new—that could use some blogging love.