Books: Recommendations Please?

Posted 28 May, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

So I’ve sort of been going around GoodReads with the following question but I’m going to post it to my flist as well. See, I’ve suddenly developed a hankering for a good novel involving lots of internal dialogue or drama (for lack of a better word to describe it; you know, those stories where not a whole lot really happens but it’s all about the character development and internal reflections/changes/whathaveyou over the course of the novel). I was just wondering if anyone knew of a novel (or several) that features this and that you could recommend to me?

Examples that come to mind for this (to me) are Ian McEwan’s Atonement (review) and Owen Sheers’ Resistance (which I am currently reading at the moment). Lots of Russian literature also fall under this category like Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (review), Aleksandr Pushkin’s Yevgeny Onegin (review) and as someone reminded me Fyodor Dostoevsyky’s Crime and Punishment (haven’t read it in a few years so I guess it’s time for a re-visit). Oh, and I would argue that Sansa Stark’s storyline in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is more of an internal storyline.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated =D

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6 Responses to “Books: Recommendations Please?”

  1. Kate Atkinson writes sort of detective novels with a lot of psychology… with “psychology” I mean that you see a lot of internal development and that you clearly see a change in the characters from the beginning to the end of the novel. One Good Turn is my favourite.

    Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood is also very psychological, not only because it is about a psychologist analyzing a 19th real life Canadian murder to determine if she’s crazy or not, but because that woman, Grace is just… amazing. My favourite book.

    The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. Three sisters to a father who teaches Shakespeare. This makes light but addictive reading.

    I have reviews for all of them in my blog just in case you want to read more. I hope this helps a little bit!

    • Li

      Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve been eyeing The Weird Sisters for a while now, that’s good to know that you enjoyed it. Definitely going to have to bump it up my list, hehe. As I mentioned on GR, that’s cool that Kate Atkinson is well-recommended =)

  2. YIKES! Li, I totally read “nothing” compared to these heavy reads. LOL! I am currently reading Lisa Bergren’s latest and it has me intrigued. It is “sweet” but has some “bite” to it.

    Good luck with finding some new reads!

    • Li

      Aww, no worries, I keep my reading list rather eclectic; I read a lot of heavy books but I also like to sit back and read some lighter works (two of which are sitting on my desk right now; tempted to read them but am waiting for a really nice summer day to sit back and indulge in them, hehehe). Thanks Rissi!

    • Li

      Ooh, I remember seeing that you were reading A Single Man on GR; I enjoyed the movie so will definitely have to check it out xD

      Thanks for the recommendations Fiona! =D

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