Book Advice?

I’m obsessing nerdishly over what books from the Tournament of Books to read and which to skip. Here are the ones I haven’t read but am interested in:

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
May We Be Forgiven
Bring Up the Bodies
Beautiful Ruins

Might read sometime but not now: Dear Life, Building Stories,

Probably (or in the case of the Heti, mos. def.) not: Yellow Birds, Fobbit, How Should a Person Be, Ivyland

So, what should I read next? I was leaning to Beautiful Ruins, but it’s hard to lay hands on, and Bring Up the Bodies just came in for me, but I didn’t really care for Wolf Hall. And Billy Lynn just got eliminated, and doesn’t sound like a zombie contender.

So, what next: Bring Up Bodies, Beautiful Ruins or May We Be Forgiven?

Any on the maybe or no list that I should reconsider?

7 Responses to “Book Advice?”

  1. Kate Says:

    My mom got me Building Stories for Christmas, and oh, how I love it.

    That said, I’d go with Beautiful Ruins. And the caveat that I thought Bring Up the Bodies was an easier read than Wolf Hall. But you know I lurved Wolf Hall.

    Nothing I read today in TOB made me want to read May We Be Forgiven, ironically.

  2. girldetective Says:

    My spidey sense says Beautiful Ruins before Bring up the bodies, which I hope HHHH will upset.

    Amy Rea lent me the Homes, which she didn’t like much either, but I haven’t read Homes yet, and think you Kate, were the one to first recommend it long ago–music for torching, maybe?

  3. Amy Says:

    I was so-so on Beautiful Ruins, although I appear to be in the minority on that. I’m about 3/4 through Bring Up The Bodies and really liking it. It’s a tighter narrative than Wolf Hall.

  4. Amy Says:

    I’m a big fan of Music for Torching. I’d definitely read that over MWBF.

  5. Janet Says:

    For what it’s worth, I liked Bring Up the Bodies better than Wolf Hall, maybe because I knew more of what to expect and understood the writing style better.

    Also, loved Gone Girl. I liked letting myself get sucked into it, even when it was going off the rails a bit. Kept me going til the bitter end!

  6. Jennifer Says:

    Bring Up the Bodies

  7. girldetective Says:

    Jennifer, I’m in the middle of the AM Homes, and while most people didn’t like it, I’m really enjoying it, though I keep picturing Nixon as Frank Langella, not himself. I got Beautiful Ruins for .25 a day, so I think the order of operations is going to be: Finish May We Be Forgiven, Beautiful Ruins, Bring Up the Bodies and Billy Lynn.

    I get far too dorky in March.