New Year’s Challenge: Read One Book a Month

[ 0 ] January 11, 2011 |

There’s nothing more satisfying than a good book, and this admission is coming from someone who currently has four videogame consoles sitting in his living room. But if you’re like me, you were too “busy” (okay, lazy) to read as much as you wanted to in 2010.

The simple solution to quenching your literary thirst is to read at least one book a month this year. Not sure where to start? I asked around the office to see what everyone was reading and got some really cool suggestions. So get out your bookmarks and read our 2011 book list:

Ulysses by James Joyce

A classic in every sense of the word. It might not be for everyone, but Ulysses is perfect for those who love experimental prose and stream-of-consciousness style.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Yes, I admit, I thought this was a literal atlas for clouds. But my co-worker Lindy set me straight – it’s actually a collection of six interlinked stories that progress further and further in time. To describe it in any greater detail would be spoiling it, so go check it out for yourself.

The Other Eden by Ben Elton

Fan of dystopian fiction? Ben Elton’s environmental satire about a devastated Earth will have you flipping page after page.

Under The Dome by Stephen King

I love Stephen King. I read Misery in two solid days over the Christmas break (which caused my mom to ask, “Don’t you want to read something more festive?”). His most recent full-length novel examines a town trapped beneath a clear dome as it succumbs to chaos. It’s sort of like The Simpsons Movie, only not as funny.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

If you don’t plan on reading at least one book by Hunter S. Thompson, you need to revoke your reading abilities. Fear and Loathing is arguably his best work.

The Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks

A young teen falls in with an illegal Jamaican immigrant after dropping out of school and embarks on a series of really bizarre adventures. A great pick for those who love coming-of-age novels with some quirk.

God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

With an incendiary title like that, it’s not hard to believe this religious criticism by Christopher Hitchens came under quite a bit of controversy. But if you’re open minded enough, this philosophical debate will have you thinking long after you’ve finished reading.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

My own recommendation to start your 2011 reading quest is this seriously amazing novel by the uber-talented Michael Chabon. Two young men in 1939 meet under strange circumstances and rise to become important figures in the then-blossoming comic industry. It won the Pulitzer Prize for a reason. Go read it!


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