Mesmirized Reading

Post 88:

Have you ever had a book that actually FORCED you to read it? More than persuaded, more than compelled, but grabbed you by the collar and forced your face into its pages?

That is what Andrew Davidson’s first novel “The Gargoyle” is currently doing to me. Honestly, I’m surprised the book allowed me to come and write this post. I’m only 20 pages into “The Gargoyle,” but the first chapter had me absolutely mesmirized. This is all the more amazing, because I do not think I would typically be able to get very far in a book where the first chapter dealt, fairly graphically, with the narrator’s car crash and terrible burns, not to mention flashbacks to a horrific childhood. However, something about Davidson’s writing that immediately drew me in. The one thing I was able to do to break away from the narrative was to repeatedly stare at the back cover. Each time, I expected to read about Davidson’s 25 other award winning books, each time it was simply “‘The Gargoyle’ is his first book.” I’m still not sure I believe it.

I think this book will be big when it comes out this August.

What books have forced you to read them?

10 comments to Mesmirized Reading

  • bunnyb

    I guess that would be Memoirs of a Geisha and The Da Vinci Code.

  • Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff – I just casually picked it up and after reading the first page, I knew I had to have it and read it.

    I also have The Gargoyle in my TBR pile. Hope to get to it soon!

  • anything by garcia marquez, richard ford and cormac mccarthy.

    The Road – Cormac McCarthy
    Independence Day – Richard Ford
    One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger
    Dreamcatcher – Stephen King
    To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

    please read the road whenever possible. believe me, you’d like, if not love, it

  • Jhumpa Lahiri is the most recent author, I think, to grab me and not let go. Both “Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake”. Though “The Kite Runner” was pretty engrossing last year when I read it, too.

  • What a wonderful experience. I love it when a book does that. I think most recently it’s happened with The Other Boleyn Girl, Innocent Traitor, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, and The Monsters of Templeton. In fact, it was that experience with TOBG that hurtled me into the world of historical fiction.

  • It would be The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and World Without End. I was engrossed from the beginning! I can’t wait to read your review of Gargoyle. I think I am getting a copy of that one too.

  • bookroomreviews

    Can’t wait to see your review, I just got it in the mail today, so I was even more excited after reading what you had to say about it

  • kegsoccer

    I’ve only seen one other review of this and that person also loved it! Hmm as for a book that forced me to read it… Like Literate Housewife, I think the last was “The Other Boleyn Girl”.

  • Right now The Host by Stephenie Meyer is forcing me to read it. I haven’t read a long book in quite a while but as soon as I picked up The Host I knew I’d be finishing it. I’m halfway through right now and eager to see how it ends.

  • I’ve read many of the books listed here – but I have to say The Gargoyle beats them all. It’s the most “complete” book I’ve read since I don’t know when. Incidentally, I just reviewed it myself here.

    This book will be a huge success.