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message 1: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine | 455 comments Okay so for the next two weeks(possibly more) I'm going to be stupidly stressed out and have basically no ability to focus. Traditionally in this situation I would read short stories but I've recently not liked the experience of reading short stories.

So I need novels that are fun and fast but are something that I don't have to be fully invested in to enjoy (I'm not asking for that Make me forget about my life thing I don't like that).

I tried reading Save as Draft but I found the characters idiotic. I like Matt Beaumont, Tom Robbins, and sometimes Christopher Moore. So think realistic and rational/logical, I don't like the concept of traditional chicklit and if I wanted a romantic comedy I'd watch a movie. I actually do like stuff set in offices.

pacing: I would like the pacing to be fast, this doesn't mean it can't be long that's perfectly fine, but anything with a lot of details to remember is just going to drive me crazy at this point.

storyline: I would like a book with minimal plot... no seriously I feel no need for a story arc have you read The Pets? okay that has a plot but it is a low key hiding under the bed kind of plot I want that at the moment or like Personal Days. basically these are books that have fairly simple plots and are more just about people than a complicated story that turns out however in the end... It doesn't have to be funny, even though all the examples I'm giving are.

frame: american/british/post colonial/european. something normal/traditional. do not under any circumstances use this as an opportunity to broaden my horizons I will shank you with your book recommendation.

characterization: quirky is fine, and actually fun. either minimalist or hipster, over detail bugs the fuck out of me. I don't need to know a characters every thought.


so please help me find books to read till my brain comes back from vacation!!


message 2: by Greg (new)

Greg | 117 comments Have you read Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. I know it takes place in an office, and I think it's supposed to be kind of quirky and even though it got lots of attention I don't think it will broaden your horizons in any way.


message 3: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine | 455 comments I like how that was both a recommendation and a dig at the same time. I think I have it somewhere I will look.

thanks greg.


message 4: by Greg (new)

Greg | 117 comments You can also try this book, Company. It's amusing and a kind of funny absurd look at office work.


message 5: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine | 455 comments cool. thanks.


message 6: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) | 9 comments Try Design Flaws of the Human Condition by Paul Schmidtberger. Nothing profound, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Tom Rachman's The Imperfectionists is also pretty good.

And, of course, Sam Lipsyte's The Ask is due to come out in paperback on March 1st.


message 7: by Steve (last edited Feb 21, 2011 05:01AM) (new)

Steve Lowe (steve_lowe) | 4 comments Greg wrote: "Have you read Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. I know it takes place in an office, and I think it's supposed to be kind of quirky and even though it got lots o..."

I'll throw out a recommendation for this one as well. Twas a good read, written from the interesting POV of the collective "we" of the entire office, rather than from one specific character's POV. I liked it.


message 8: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine | 455 comments David wrote: "Try Design Flaws of the Human Condition by Paul Schmidtberger. Nothing profound, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Tom Rachman's [book:The Imperfecti..."


I've actually read the first one and it's one of my favorite books. so you are on the right track.

I am hesitant about lipstye cause I tried to read another one of his books and hated it.


message 9: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) | 9 comments I know! The Man Who Wrote the Book by Erik Tarloff. Easy read, very funny, smarter than you think it's going to be in the end. (It's about a junior English professor at a small Christian college who writes a soft porn book to pay the rent. It becomes a runaway best-seller. Hilarity ensues.

I haven't actually read Lipsyte's book either, so maybe I shouldn't have recommended it.


message 10: by Deb (new)

Deb (debs913) Okay, this is a bit off the wall, but how about The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook -- I about died from laughing over the cement monkey. Southern belles grab life by the tail and swing it over their heads while singing dixie.


message 11: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine | 455 comments thank you david.

Deb that recommendation made me smile!


message 12: by Mariel (new)

Mariel (fuchsiagroan) Maybe you'd like something by J.P. Donleavy? His characters are not considered likeable. It isn't fluff but rather comedic episodes without getting into deep inner life turmoil (I'm putting that badly). The Ginger Man is good.


message 13: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine | 455 comments cool. I saw a copy of the ginger man at strand while I was buying the man that wrote the book. $6 I think yes


message 14: by karen, future RA queen (new)

karen (karenbrissette) | 1315 comments Mod
i found another office book for you, jazz:

Personal Days.
this guy is the foundnig editor of the believer.

it claims to be a comic delight.

gary shteyngart says "i laughed until they put me in a mental hospital"

i will leave it at the desk for you.


message 15: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine | 455 comments karen

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

very good recommendation though


message 16: by karen, future RA queen (last edited Mar 20, 2011 07:14AM) (new)

karen (karenbrissette) | 1315 comments Mod
oh, god and you even mentioned it earlier in the thread. i am the dumbest. but i have good intentions!! i saw it when i was doing returns, and i had never really looked at it before, and i thought "jasmine"!!

grumble... you can reshelve it then....


message 17: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine | 455 comments it's okay karen, it's because you think of me when you see books I would like. you should keep doing that since you tell me about so many awesome books I haven't read.


message 18: by karen, future RA queen (new)

karen (karenbrissette) | 1315 comments Mod
did you read any of these?


message 19: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine | 455 comments I tried to read the man who wrote the book, I didn't like it, it was too boring I bought a couple others but didn't actually read them yet.


message 20: by karen, future RA queen (new)

karen (karenbrissette) | 1315 comments Mod
no worries, ball.


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