5 Of My Favourite Authors + Recommended Reading

Five of my favourite authors and five books I suggest you should read: | Margaret Atwood - " The Penelopiad " | Jonatha...

5 Favourite Authors and Recommend Reading

Five of my favourite authors and five books I suggest you should read:

| Margaret Atwood - "The Penelopiad"
| Jonathan Safran Foer - "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
| Jean Rhys - "Good Morning Midnight"
| John Steinbeck - "East of Eden"
| Richard Yates - "Easter Parade"


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  1. Yes, East of Eden is amazing! It is, without a doubt, one of my all time favorite books. The 1000+ pages might be a little (er, a lot) daunting but I think they're so worth it. Getting through the beginning was tough for me but by the end, I felt like everything was worth it. And despite how horrid she was, I like There's so much I could say about East of Eden--I could probably wax on for hours--but I doubt you need to hear it since it's one of your favorites, too! This might sound a little strange but I really like Cathy Ames. She's so fascinating a character, albeit not a nice one.

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  2. Love Margaret Atwood! I think 'Cat's Eye' is my favourite of hers, but I'm definitely interested in checking out your recommendation too!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

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  3. I bought Easter Parade on a whim a few months ago. I finished it in a day and fond it lacked something. I felt as if nothing really happened and was quite bored the whole way through. I dunno, the characters just lacked appeal for me, I guess.

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  4. I absolutely loved Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". I read it as an ebook and because it's one of my favourite books I really want a print copy of it too. East of Eden is on my to-read list.

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  6. Good taste! That is if taste can be measured :) You're spot on with these, I've not read Atwood or Safran Foer (though I've seen the Everything is Illuminated film), but I really liked reading Rhys and absolutely LOVE Yates. I'm slowly making my way through his fiction and really enjoyed A Good School and Eleven Kinds of Loneliness - a collection of short stories. Have you read his short stories? I could not recommend them enough.

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  7. That's surprising! Although Easter Parade might be my less favourite from Yates (nevertheless still a favourite), I love how he portrays the characters, so effortless in their execution. But then again I do love his style, so perhaps that was the problem for you with the book? Plus I think a lot of his books are about something lacking - I mean in a deliberate sense - the failure of the American Dream and all.

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  8. I love Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' I'll have to give 'The Penelopaid' a go!

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  9. I read EAST OF EDEN a number of years ago (after having seen the film starring James Dean) and I really liked it! It was a long book and it took me a while to get through, but by the time I finished it, I felt really satisfied. I can totally understand why it's one of your favourites!

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  10. Oh, East of Eden is on my list! A lot of people have recommended it :)

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  11. Margaret Atwood, is my ever favourite!! Have you read oryx and cake? And the subsequent the year of the flood? I haven't read your suggestion, but I will add to the list!

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  12. No! I haven't! But I want to! I have all her books but have yet to get through them all.. I definitely want to read a couple next month because her writing is AMAZING.

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  13. It is utterly moving. It makes me feel heartbroken and it really is a l o n g~ book but totally worth it.

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  14. It broke my heart, I love that book so much.

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  15. The Handmaid's Tale was a fantastic book but I love Greek mythology so The Penelopaid was my favourite of the two.

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  16. Yes! I loved Eleven Kinds of Loneliness. I'd really recommend Jonathan Safran Foer and Margaret Atwood is a gem.

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  17. It makes me cry and laugh every . single . time .

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  18. I loved Easter Parade, I think his books have a quiet melancholy to them.

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  19. I need to read more of her books, I think I've read three now and every single once I have loved..

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  20. Haha! You love this book at much as I do!


    East of Eden is just phenomenal and you're right, 1000 pages is daunting.. I mean, I often shy away from picking up lengthy books because it's such an investment of time and what if I don't enjoy the book? But East of Eden is just amazing and I'm so glad I read it.


    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time is amazing.. but Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close makes me cry every . single . time. I think it's far more heart breaking (and at the same time uplifting) than The Curious Incident.


    Everything is Illuminated took me a couple of reads to "get it." The story is complex and you don't always notice the significance of events until later. I would recommend reading it as it's just as heartbreaking as Extremely Loud.

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  21. Do it! Please read oryx and crake, then year of the flood... the third part is maddaddam, but I've had to have a break and read one of my book club books, otherwise I'll have to sack myself as book club organiser! ;-)

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  22. I LOVE East of Eden. My sister recommended it to me, said it was amazing, and my immediate thought was "this is going to take forever to read!" Nope, took a week. It's incredible. I can't exactly pinpoint what is so special about it, but it is. I will have to check out some of the other ones you recommend :)


    Jenny
    <a href="http://www.fromthedeskofj.blogspot.com>From the Desk of J</a>

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  23. i recently bought a book by margaret atwood, can't wait to get started!
    xo, cheyenne

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  24. john steinbeck is just incredible. i've read a handful of his shorter books before (cannery row, of mice and men, tortilla flat and a few more) but i finished reading the grapes of wrath while i was away and that was the one that made me realise just how much i love him and that he's one of my absolute favourite writers. while kerouac is forever my number one, steinbeck is definitely in the top 5 and i even got to stop off in monterey and go to the steinbeck museum and visit his grave in salinas when my friend and i drove to big sur last month. :)

    also jonathan safran foer is awesome as well. i feel like i read his books in the wrong order because everything is illuminated is the one that really got me and i should have read it first cause then i think i would have enjoyed extremely loud and incredibly close more because i'd feel more connected to him as a writer, but eating animals is always going to be important to me because that's the book that made me become a vegetarian.

    little henry lee

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