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Jun. 14th, 2008 | 10:31 pm

I've been trying to get back into pleasure reading. I've always read an absurd amount, but for too long now I've only read the required reading for school work. So in the last five days I've tried to satiate my cravings for lit by grabbing six books and well... Reading. So, in order by date finished;

The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I won't give a full out description of them, since google would be better suited for it then I would.  But I do absolutely recommend them.  Well, for some people, anyway.

The Silmarillion I recommend for the sheer scope. It's short but dense, and if you love history like I do, and are a Tolkien fan, then dammit, this is a godsend.

Gee, can you tell I enjoy Christopher Moore?  I recommend Moore for being an author with an uncanny ability to lull the reader into a sense of relaxation and then sucker-punch him/her with either absurdity or something deep you weren't expecting. I've never seen someone write one-liners so well.  These books are light and fun, and shouldn't take anyone very long to read.  I do, however, strongly suggest reading his book Lamb before moving onto his other novels.  That one cannot even be compared to the others.  It's just unbelievably good.

Middlesex
is an interesting novel. The writer is good, extremely good, in fact, at conveying exactly what message and feelings he wants to impart to the reader. I believe this book was chosen by Oprah for her bookclub, which would explain why my mom had it laying around, and shouldn't be judged too harshly by it being on her list :P

And The Hobbit is adorable and required for reading before I do The Lord of the Rings again.
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