Most Helpful Girl
The last book I actually finished was a famous book, Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama, which was of course fantastic, although it lost a lot of its tension towards the end. An empty spaceship is infinitely more exciting than a populated one. But it's a bold book - worth reading!
Then I started two books, which I haven't finished reading yet (I am very slow with reading because of dyslexia) - Riverfinger Women by Elana Dykewomon, and another famous book, Crime and Punshment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Both began tremendously beautifully, and I intend to finish them eventually.
If you'll allow broadening the defintion of book to include websites (making it an extremely broad definition), then I've been reading the poems of Catallus, who I love, as archived on negenborn. net. This is my favourite so far:
"Flavius, unless she were unpretty and inelegant, you would want to speak
of your darling to Catullus and you wouldn't be able to keep quiet, but
you love some feverish harlot. You are ashamed to admit this. For your bed
shouts that you, vainly quiet, do not lie for empty nights fragrant with
garlands and Syrian ointment, and the bolster equally worn away on this
side and that, and the creaking and movement of your shaking bed. There's
no point in being quiet about your debauchery. Why? You would not reveal
such tired from debauchery flanks unless you were up to something silly. Therefore
tell us whatever you have, whether its good or bad. I want to describe you
and your love to the sky in my nice little verse."
that's hiarious!!! get fucking dunked on, flavius!! oh my god!! I've also been reading Sappho - which is lifechanging, and takes about five minutes in total - and Francois Villon, who murdered a priest! and is a tremendous poet.
Most Helpful Guy
Just finished Chad Harbach's "The Art of Fielding," which I think is worth a read for anyone, even those who don't care about sports or baseball. It's not really about either, though the main character is a baseball player in college.
Beyond that, I'm mostly a student of the classics, which means I usually don't bother recommending books because nobody will ready them. :P My list of favorites reads like an English professor's syllabus.
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