Thursday, November 19, 2009

Good news, good news


People who are into intelligent and racy reading may actually live longer. At least that is what's implied here. This is exactly what I need to hear, especially after knowing that the word "unfriend" is probably here to stay. Since I plan to read all of Collins's novels and Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, I figured I need to live until I'm 80, at least.

I wonder what constitutes "intelligent and racy" reading though. I bet Hawking's A Brief History of Time (which I haven't read) counts for intelligent reading. Are the Gossip Girl novels considered racy? And, can we actually have a book that's both intelligent AND racy. Hmmmm... Offhand, I think I've read lots of racy novels: Judith Krantz, Jackie Collins, and Harold Robbins.

Any suggestions on intelligent and racy reads, dear reader?

14 comments:

theliterarystew said...

Hi Peter - Well I just got Crimson Petal and the White because you recommended it. It sounds like it's an intelligent and racy read! Is it? I hope it's good! I'm dreading that it's 800+ pages and there's so many other books I want to read. Is it a page-turner? It better be good!

Peter S. said...

Hi, Mrs. B! Oh, nice! Yes, that IS an intelligent and racy read! And it's quite funny too. Sugar is one of my favorite heroines!

Yes, it is a page-turner. And I'm sure that, after reading that one, you'll be looking for other novels by Faber. I also recommend Under the Skin.

David Wagner said...

What about reading intelligent and racy blog comments? Does that add a few extra minutes to the ol' lifespan, ya think? I can sprinkle some double-entendres in here if you want...

Book Bird Dog said...

Any intelligent and racy books you would recommend? And have you unfriended anyone in facebook lately?

Vivienne said...

I am aiming for a 100, so I best get reading a bit more.

David (dsc73277) said...

For novels that are highly intelligent and sometimes racy you might try Sebastian Faulks, in particular Birdsong or Human Traces.

Cynewyn said...

How about...Pride and Prejudice?! ;-))

StephanieD said...

Kris was blogging about D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterly's Lover awhile back - funny stuff: http://onehundredbestnovels.blogspot.com/2009/10/lady-chatterleys-harelquin-romance.html

Very, very racy.

Charlie said...

Does horse racy count? Dick Francis has written dozens of those.

savidgereads said...

Racey and intellegent... I think that sums up every sensation novel and now we will all have to read them all, every single one! Not that thats a problem ha!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

How sad.... I got nothing. Do I read nothing that is racy or intelligent? Oh intelligent yes, Dennis Lehayne blew me away in Shutter Island.... racy? Hmmmm...

* running to my friend Heidi who reads racy books to come up with a title* LOL ;)

josbookshelf said...

How about Fanny Hill? Racy in its time. :D

Petunia said...

It depends on what 'racy' means. Smutty romance novels? Or pushing the bounds of appropriate for its time, like Madame Bovary? Personally I don't care how long I live as long as I always have good books to read.

You have an award waiting for you at my place. :)
http://educatingpetunia.blogspot.com/2009/11/superior-scribbler.html

mel u said...

you might like these modern Japanese works-

Snakes and Earrings by hitomi kanehara

Real World and out by Natsuo Kirino

almost any thing by Jeannette Winterson

Hilarious book by Chinese author Ma Jian -Noodle Maker-banned in China

Henry Miller-Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn