Friday, July 24, 2009

My Summer Reading List

As I mentioned yesterday, I've been on a reading tear. Here's the books I finished the last ten days:

The books:
The Nuclear Age by Tim O'Brien. O'Brien is my favorite author who writes about Vietnam.
To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck is my favorite author.
After Dark and Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami. Murakami is perhaps the most well known modern Japanese writer. These were my 2nd and 3rd books I've read of his.
King, Queen, Knave by Nabokov. I've always wanted to read Nabokov and this one had the catchiest title.
Burr by Gore Vidal. My buddy Seth lent me this book and it was pretty great.

That said, I've now got no books left on my reading list. Does anyone have any suggestions? LH, if you're still reading I'm hoping for some picks from you. You had suggested some a while ago but I can't seem to find the blogs were you made those comments. I'd love to read more books on Vietnam and Japan.


levinson said...

I think you would like the Caine Mutiny...

also American Brutus by Michael Kaufmann--It's a bio on J.W. Booth and the Lincoln assasination plot, but reads more like fiction... My dad has my copy if you want it i'll tell him to leave it in the mailbox. I have caine too..

Anonymous said...

If you're looking for books about Japan, you might check out IN THE MISO SOUP. It's a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller that explores a seedier side of Tokyo. -- JR

Benjamin said...

Levinson, I already ready American Brutus two years ago based on your recommendation. It's now one of the books I always recommend. Give me the Caine Mutiny when I see you.

JR, I randomly saw that book the other day at the library. The author has a name close to Murakami because the book was right near all of his. I'll check it out.


Anonymous said...

I check out your blog daily Ben. As for suggested reading, here's a few. The Sorrow of War by Vietnamese author Bao Ninh,
A Bright Shining Lie written by Neil Sheehan, Night Comes to the Cumberlands written by one of Kentucky's favorite sons, he also wrote a very funny book about practicing law in the mountains called, Slender is the Thread. But if you really want your funnybone tickled, try The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by John Seelye.
LH in KY

Benjamin said...

Thanks, LH! I'll be heading to the bookstore this week to pick up a couple of those to take back with me to Vietnam and Japan.

Glad to know that you're still reading all the time!

Justin said...

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethum.

A very engaging fiction novel with unintentional and unexpected humor.

It's got to be good when Ed Norton decides to direct the movie, right?

Do-it Do-it.