I had been pondering why I hadn't experienced the pleasure of reading in a long time. I have a day job totally unrelated to this blog and in the evenings I'm busy doing paperwork and chores, blogging, or watching TV (I am hooked on the O'Reilly Factor and reruns of The Simpsons, which I think is genius for its references to both high culture and pop culture).
I found that I didn't even have a list of books that I wanted to read. Then, my first inspiration was my niece, who said that her favorite books were Angela's Ashes and Wuthering Heights. I then decided to pick up Angela's Ashes.
I knew about her fondness for Angela's Ashes and the other books by Frank McCourt ('Tis, Teacher Man), but I was surprised and embarrassed to learn that she was fond of Wuthering Heights through the web site of a magazine! As I wrote before, I'm in awe of Wuthering Heights - it's hard to believe that someone with such an erratic education as Emily Bronte could conceive the structure of the novel.
More recently, Style.com, the online home of Vogue and W, had a slideshow of books, the selection of which was inspired by recent designer collections. If you're registered on Style.com, you can create your own "lookbooks" - to see which books I selected from that slideshow, visit my public lookbook.
And of course, there's always my wishlist on Amazon.com.
If you had to choose, what three books would you recommend?