Read Me

I've made a little rule for myself. No brand new books for awhile. It's fairly ridiculous to pay $25+ for a hardback so I'm limiting myself to books I can get from the library, the awesome used bookstore around the corner from me or my very own collection seeing as it has expanded as of late. This is not the easiest feat for me. I do love a trip to Barnes & Noble to peruse all the new releases with their shiny cover designs. They call to me! But there's plenty of great reads out there that I missed for one reason or another. For example, I just finished Angela's Ashes and I'm on to A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. It's the summer of reading things 15 years late! I'm not entirely sure how I skipped over these, maybe I was busy reading an Us Weekly. Whoops. And speaking of reading things 15 years late. Here's a good reference list. The New Canon: 15 Modern You Should read Right Now from Qwiklit.

1. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)
2. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen (2001)
3. The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem (2003)
4. Gilead – Marilynne Robinson (2006)
5. White Teeth – Zadie Smith (2000)
6. The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolaño (Published posthumously in English in 2007)
7. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (2004)
8. Joseph O’Neill – Netherland (2008)
9. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami (2002)
10. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon (2000)
11. House of Leaves – Mark Danielewski (2000)
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan (2010)
13. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (2001)
14. Junot Diaz – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
15. Cormac McCarthy – The Road (2006)

I've only read four from this list, how about you? And what's your favorite modern classic from the last oh 10-20 years? I'm a huge memoir fan but I will ready anything if it's great. What books do you think say "reeeeead meeeee?"