The Joke by Milan Kundera
The Joke was really interesting and beautifully written, but like the other Kundera books I have read, it really falls apart to the end.
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
The story of on-and-off post office employee Henry Chinaski (the alter ego of Bukowski himself)
I felt it was hard to identify with this book in many ways. The main character seemed to care about so little that it was hard to identify with him. Henry was a real drifter, and although he did not strike a chord with me, I can see why this book has lasted so long-- the writing is very ernest and quite funny at times.
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut
This book is laugh-out-loud funny. It is rare for books to be quite so hilarious to me. They are usually worthy of a quick chuckle but this book is just over the top hilarious and so very revealing about American culture.
Someone by Alice McDermott
This tender and affecting book was very well written. It jumps around the main character's life is a innovative and moving way.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
This book revolves around the idea of memory and history, as Tsukuru Tazaki is thrown out of his tightly-knit group of school friends for no reason.
Colorless is better if you do not know what it is about when you go into it. It's one of those books that makes you really want to write, which I think is the best kind of book. I have to read more by this writer; he blends so delicately the supernatural with the daily life, and the natural surroundings with the emotions of the characters.
The Collected Short Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis
This book of scattered and very short stories is really fun to dip in and out of. She is a touch sarcastic, funny, and always insightful. They are a little wacky, but interesting to read into for that exact reason.