I suppose I should have expected this week's Booking Through Thursday topic, given last week's question about humorous books. Today we have:
What’s the most serious book you’ve read recently?
I think this might be more difficult than last week's question because "serious" can mean different things in different contexts, and to different people. Also, most of the books I've read lately have been in the "popular fiction" category, with a heavy emphasis on mysteries, whodunits, thrillers, and the like. Not much classic lit, nonfiction or other really serious writing. As I've said before, I tend to shy away from books without at least some humor in them. If a book's blurb claims it's "a fascinating look at real life, written with gritty honesty and leaving no brutal detail unexplored," then I know it's not for me.
Looking back over my reading list for this year, I can really only come up with a few that I'd call serious: Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist, and The Longshot by Katie Kitamura. And of those three, only Kitamura's wonderful debut novel would get my recommendation as a great read.
And for a nonfiction title, I'd have to go all the way back to last year – I think the last nonfiction book I read was The Concord Quartet, by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr. I've got lots of nonfiction works on my TBR list, but I just never seem to get to them. I guess I'm just not a serious kinda gal.