Welcome to the Book Nook! This is the weekly thread for Avocados to discuss books we’re currently reading, recommendations, genre, and serious literary criticism.
This week’s recommended discussion: real books in surprising fictional places. This isn’t about a movie or TV character loving a particular writer, or touting one of your favorite books. This is about a character casually reading something a bit obscure, and there being no mention of it – it’s essentially window-dressing, yet it makes a comment on a scene or character. When I saw the season 23 Simpsons episode “The Book Job”, I noticed a real book and author at the book fair. The Simpsons has a lot of fun lampooning real things with obviously fake titles, so we don’t often see real items of pop culture. How I Became a Famous Novelist is a real work of fiction, and it’s a satire of publishing and the ways a shrewd writer can exploit the whims of the market to achieve fame and fortune. It’s basically the mirror of what the characters in this episode do, and it’s well worth a read if you’re in the mood for a cynical takedown of the bestseller mentality.
One caveat: because we’re here to use our words, this is a NO GIF/YouTube/social media embed zone (the OTs are full of clutter, and I want to keep that out of this thread).
12/13: best of 2017 (read this year, not necessarily published this year; separate from The Pits*)
12/20: an Avocado recommended it, you read it
12/27: resolutions, looking forward to in 2018
1/3: where we get our recommendations (h/t sallgood, man)
1/10: how many do you read at the same time (h/t Colonel Mustard)
*The Avocado’s annual awards for best pop culture of the year, The Pits will bestow the newly minted Asimov Award for Best Book of 2017. Get your top 10 (or however many you have) lists of 2017 ready, and look for the nominations post on 12/7.