Just joined and thought I'd say hi. I'm here because I like what I know of the authors listed in the interests and this community seems nice and modest. I just want to learn more about various books and authors because i don't think i pay enough attention. I adore contemporary literature from anywhere in the world but I tend to just pick up whatever takes my fancy. If the title's interesting or the cover's nice (i know they say don't judge a book by it's cover but i do!) so I really don't know much about anything. Of course I will post when I've read something wonderful in case someone here hasn't because it's always worth letting people know.
I've just started The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon bought for me by a friend with better booksmart than me. I like it so far although i've barely started it.
Has anyone got any recommendations, books that it would be simply criminal not to read? I'd love to know.