Thursday, September 27, 2012

Literate & Stylish: Michele from Short Girl, Long Island

The premise of Literate & Stylish is simple, and the post is short but sweet- every Thursday I'll be showcasing a lovely lady and her favorite book. She'll share a few pretty photos showing off her personal style, along with her book of choice, and tell us why she loves it. 

from Michele of Short Girl, Long Island

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

In 1999, I discovered Nick Hornby's High Fidelity. As a former music major and mix tape connoisseur, I immediately connected with the protagonist, Rob. The pop culture references, “top five” lists, and banter between Rob and his friends at the record store Rob owns, are fantastic. Whenever I hear the Katrina and the Waves' song, "Walking on Sunshine," High Fidelity immediately comes to mind. The novel also showcases the relationship of Rob and his girlfriend, Laura, who is growing impatient as she waits for Rob to enter adulthood, even though he is already in his mid-thirties. I find myself smiling often and frequent laugh out loud when I read this book – I’ve read it at least half a dozen times, and picked it up over the weekend to read again. This book is like comfort food to me, no matter how often I enjoy, I never get sick of it.

If you enjoyed the book and would like to read more in the realm of music and pop culture, I highly recommend the works of Chuck Klosterman and Rob Sheffield. If you’d like to read more by Hornby, About a Boy and How to Be Good were also excellent reads.

Michele’s Top Five Favorite Books
01. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
02. Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk
03. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs – Chuck Klosterman
04. Love Is a Mix Tape – Rob Sheffield
05. Still Life With Woodpecker – Tom Robbins

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  1. I own 3 of her top 5 & love them. So now I know of 2 other books to pick up! Thanks.

  2. I love Chuck Palahniuk and Tom Robbins! I'll have to check out some of the other books on your list.

  3. High Fidelity is one of my Top 5 favorite books, too. I read it in high school and have read it over at least 3 or 4 times since and I also never get tired of it. Also adore Love is a Mix Tape and Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs! This post really makes me wish I would've gotten my own submission in earlier before you closed it. Drats!

  4. I have only read High Fidelity... now I know what four books I am going to read next.

  5. I have never read this book, but I loved the movie! I need to put this one on my library list :).

  6. Fellow Long Islander here! And I also absolutely loved this book.

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  7. I feel silly not knowing that High Fidelity is a book, especially since I'm the type to ALWAYS read the book before seeing the movie!

    I guess it's a good thing I haven't seen the flick, either. Anxious to do both now!

  8. Read it over half a dozen times! That's a recommendation if I ever heard one.

    I love these Literate & Stylish posts. I just participated as a guest blogger in the Story/Book series on another blog here: I love bringing books and blogging together!

  9. Love, love, love this book! Great recommendation!

  10. We are lucky to appreciate your blog. Want to become a friend with you.

  11. High fidelity is one of my top 5 favorite books, too. I read high school, for at least 3 or 4 times, because I don't have tired of it. Also like the love is a mix tape and sex, drugs and cocoa puffs! This article really let I hope I will get my submitted earlier after you close it. Drats!