This is the month I have in years past designated as "National Novel Reading Month," for those of us who have a deep love of literature but aren't going to be writing anything anytime soon. (booklectic, I expect you to spend this month WRITING.) My NaNoReadMo book will be Vanity Fair, which I do really hope to have finished by the end of the month; I'll post regularly on where I am in the book this month (perhaps daily!) to keep me honest on my progress. However, as it's a 657 page whopper, it's not really a fair book to suggest to other people for NaNoReadMo - I'm already at page 382, and if I weren't there'd be no chance of me getting through it.
I also had a wonderful conversation about books and book clubs for a man (Michael?) I met at the "Spem Et Alium" mega-choral concert on Wednesday night, and he gave me the following recommendations, the cream of 10 years of reading one large and one small novel 11 months of the year (astounding!): Carson McCullers, Heart of the Lonely Hunter and Ballad of the Sad Cafe Jaroslav Hacek, The Good Soldier Svejk ("a cross between The Master & Margarita and Catch-22) Zola, La Bete Humaine Balzac, Pere Goriot Gascon, North and South
Members of the Degenerate Book Club, what do you think? Other readers out there, have you read any of these books?