I took a break from my Atwood/Didion adventure (to read their entire body of work, though they are both still living and still writing) after the wedding. I needed to check out some other stuff, lest my writing completely morph into Atwood-ian awesomeness and I can no longer separate my writing and reading selves. I read the Hunger Games series and some other small books I had around the house (and Bossy Pants). But! I am back in full swing of my Atwood campaign since after the holidays and have recently finished Alias Grace.
I have also just recently finished relaying the entire story to Kamel and telling him how much I want this to become a movie because it would be awesome. The plot is an Atwood classic. It starts off in one direction, an agreeable direction where the reader thinks she’s totally in on it. Almost to a fault, almost bordering on boring. When all of a sudden, BAM! the plot twists and I’m (again… because this happens ALL of the time when I’m reading Atwood) looking around the room like someone just slammed a door or slapped a child. I’m looking to make eye contact with someone else so I can say, “Can you fucking believe it?! I KNOW RIGHT?!” But of course, it’s just me… reading to myself quietly, so I get right back to it because wow I have to see what happens next.
God I love her.
Anyways, so searching for a picture of the cover for this blog post, I was delighted to stumble upon this little gem that says they actually are looking to turn Alias Grace into a movie! Wahhoo! I’m so excited, and I really hope this goes through. Not only is it a period piece (and you know I love me a good period piece), but it’s also got sex (the kinky kind… for being in the 1800s), murder, and a ghost story all wrapped into one. For the win.
So, as I am almost done with my little pile of unread books (currently working on the last one – Native Speaker – and loving it), I need some book suggestions. I just cleaned out the little bookstore by my bus stop of all the Atwood novels I haven’t read yet and I’ll be sorting out more Didion, but I’m also going to need really great current reads to keep things mixed up Plus, I find myself out of the loop on who is hip and happenin’, who the next up and coming sweet young thang is. And so on. So I’m asking you, dear reader, to give me your top 3 recommended MUST reads in comments today. I’m looking to gather 12-15 new books to stack up in a big pile next to the bed and slowly chip away at. It’s going to be awesome.