What are you reading? (Elizabeth K., Chicago, IL)
[For the week of October 21, 2010: Elizabeth K., Chicago, IL]
1. What are you reading?
I am actually reading two books at the moment: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and Little Bee. For the record, I often read two books at the same time. One book is on the nightstand for evening/home reading and the other is usually tucked into my work bag for the train and occasional lunch time reading.
2. What made you pick it up?
My Mom sent me Little Bee via mail. She often will send me books from her book club that she swears I’ll enjoy. Some have been great and others not so much. Mom was spot on about Little Bee. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is part of the Millennium Trilogy; after reading the first two books, I have to finish the third. I need to know how it ends. This book (well, the whole series) takes some twists and turns you’d never expect. I picked up the first book in the series in an airport bookstore while waiting for a flight back to Michigan last Christmas. For me, some of the best reading discoveries happen in airport book shops.
3. What was the last thing you read?
Mad Men: The Illustrated World. My husband surprised me with it at New York Comicon. I am a huge fan of the show, so I read this book in 30 minutes. I also read the NY Times style section online at lunch today. Does that count?
4. Whats the scariest book you’ve ever read?
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Probably the creepiest, surreal, and most engaging book I’ve ever read. I had to stop reading the book at night because I was having really weird dreams. It is a wild onion of a book–lots of layers to peel away until you reach the center. It is definitely a good Halloween read and a book that I’ve recommended to many, many people.
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