I'm changing the tag.
Five books I read recently:
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America- Bill Bryson
After having lived in England for many years, Bill Bryson takes a road trip across America. His take on eighties America: hilarious, critical and affectionate.
Jeeves and the tie that binds-P.G.Wodehouse
I haven't really (ahem) read much Wodehouse. But fear not, I shall remedy this soon. And before you dismiss me as illiterate, know that I started with the wrong book (or so I'm told)- Eggs, Beans and Crumpets at age 12. I didn't really get it. And never bothered to pick up another Wodehouse until...now. No wait, I read a collection of Wooster/Jeeves short stories that was lying around at home some time last year. Ha, finally I know where my father got the "You look like something the cat brought in." from.
The Painted Word- Tom Wolfe
On Eye's recommendation. Best left to artists/ those who know lots about art. Wolfe does have a point, though.
Kitchen Confidential- Anthony Bourdain
Entertaining (and informative) account of how Bourdain managed to become a chef despite being high at most times on some illegal substance or the other.
No onions nor garlic- Srividya Natarajan
A tambrhahm herself, Natarajan makes merciless fun of her ilk. Gotta like it for that. Ought to have been about half its size, I think.
Five books I find unreadable:
One Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I've picked this one up twice and give up both times. It isn't as if I disliked it. I just... lost interest somewhere along the way.
Godel, Escher, Bach- Douglas Hofstadter
Full of mathematical concepts. 'Nuff said.
The Pickwick Papers- Charles Dickens
Don't get me wrong, I love Jane Austen. But this one's as dull as its virtuous heroine.
A Farewell to Arms- Ernest Hemingway
Just don't like Hemingway
The Female Eunuch- Germaine Greer
Might've been revolutionary when first published, but I don't see what the fuss is all about. And Greer thinks women ought to taste their menstrual blood. Is she familiar with the concept of hygiene?
Now, Eyefry and Antickpix do this tag. Go on.