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Gimme Some Lovin’

Now that I’ve put that song in your head by The Spencer Davis Group here are ten books that I think need some extra lovin’.

gimme some lovin

Black River by S.M. Hulse – One of my most favorites from last year about a former prison guard returning home after hearing the prisoner who held him hostage is up for parole.

Euphoria by Lily King – Based on Margaret Mead’s time spent in New Guinea while caught up in a love affair.

Life Drawing by Robin Black –  A couple trying to put their jealousies and betrayals behind them and failing miserably.

How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman – Is Marta crazy or is her husband trying to keep her from remembering the truth?

From the looks of what I’ve just recommended, I can see why my friends aren’t reading these “darker” books. But they are really great reads! Okay, time for something a little lighter…

The Room by Jonas Karlsson – Bjorn refuses to conform at the office but his bizarre behavior is starting to freak out his coworkers. Quirky, weird and humorous.

Aaand we’re back with the darker…

Dreaming In Indian by Various Artists – Back to something much more serious with this profound collection of poetry, artwork, essays and photos from various American Indian artists.

Of course, I must put in a few short story collections I’ve loved…

Beneath The Bonfire by Nickolas Butler – I know many of my blogger friends have read and loved this collection but for those readers who are still not convinced about short stories, this really is a collection you CAN do. Set in the Midwest and each story is charming and heartfelt.

The Temple of Air by Patricia Ann McNair- Another collection set in the Midwest that I stumbled upon and thankful I did. Some are strange, some are darker but all are equally delicious to read. (Fans of The Shore might enjoy this collection)

Ordinary Life by Elizabeth Berg – I think Elizabeth Berg is such a fine writer and doesn’t get enough love. This collection was one of the first I read when I started getting back into shorts. I still return to a scene of a woman hiding in her bathroom for a week. Sadly (and funnily), I can relate. May have to revisit them soon.

The Heart by Mayis De Kerangal – New this year and still thinking about it. This translated story follows the lives of all the people involved in a heart transplant. Fair warning: some of the sentences are over a page long. It reads like poetry and a meditative stream of consciousness.

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, originally titled : “Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough”.

What books do you think need a bit more love?

 

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9 thoughts on “Gimme Some Lovin’

  1. This is a great topic – I can think of so many! I should have been paying closer attention to upcoming TTTs.
    I loved Life Drawing, but hardly saw it around anywhere. And, I plan to read How To Be A Good Wife soon, so glad to hear you liked it so much.

  2. Yay – Beneath the Bonfire!! It made my list too 🙂 And I added Black River to my TBR late last year…hopefully I’ll get to it (I’m not even going to say soon…because you know how that goes).

  3. So much good stuff here; some that I’ve read (Bonfires, Good Wife), some that are waiting for me (Heart, Black River, Temple), and some new to me that I now have to add to my list (Life Drawing). Our tastes usually align pretty well, but I wasn’t to hip on Euphoria. Could have been the audio. I can’t recall if the narrator was good or not. Some great stuff here and a fun topic! Like Sarah, I wish I paid better attention (or wasn’t too lazy to go back through my list). 🙂

  4. I know we’ve discussed this before but why, oh why, don’t more people realize how great How to Be a Good Wife is?! I loved it but you’re the only other person I’ve ever heard mention it.

    I guess I wish Forty Rooms would have gotten more love, but I don’t know anyone who felt about it the way I did.

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