1. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened 3 weeks ago
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Read lots of positive reviews so here we goooooooo!
Started reading this morning – hope it’s as good as I’ve heard :) 3 weeks ago
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson
This will probably be my last book listed here (I now have two on the go, because my funny bone is full of darkness and quirk and needs some love right now).
When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.
Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments-the ones we want to pretend never happened-are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started.4 weeks ago
Good. Uh, it was a little, like, Gilmore Girls-y. Quick dialog, characters without relatable flaws. It didn’t rock me, or anything, despite the fact that I’ve done the Children’s Hospital thing and the Amsterdam thing. And the poetry thing, and the consider the universe through math thing. Will not see the movie.
Where did I put that Patti Smith book . . . . . 4 weeks ago
I finished reading Sophie’s Choice by William Styron. I thought the Holocaust-related material was powerful and gripping. However, I was not attached enough to most of the characters, and found Styron’s choice of narrating the story primarily through the eyes of an American, non-Jewish 22-year-old interesting. Maybe the narrator represented the majority of America’s initial understanding of, and attitudes towards, the Holocaust. At the same time, Stingo (the aforementioned youth) had a lot of typical 22-year-old male thoughts. Though I didn’t regret reading it, ultimately, this book will not place on my list of all-time favorites. It was a complex book that I felt covered only the Holocaust and Holocaust qua South comparison really well.
Total books finished this year: 6/12 1 month ago
I blazed through the zombies vol. 1 – 3, axes flying. I’m on the list for #4, but there’s a wait. I need a book-book to read, so I delved into the Pre-Bookcrossing box and came up with this one.
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
New York Times Notable Book of the Year, the Lannan Literary Fiction Award, & the Guardian Fiction Award.
“In 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried himself to hide from the soldiers who murdered his family. His name is Jakob Beer. He is only seven years old. And although by all rights he should have shared the fate of the other Jews in his village, he has not only survived but been rescued by a Greek geologist, who does not recognize the boy as human until he begins to cry.
With this electrifying image, Anne Michaels ushers us into her rapturously acclaimed novel of loss, memory, history, and redemption. As Michaels follows Jakob across two continents, she lets us witness his transformation from a half-wild casualty of the Holocaust to an artist who extracts meaning from its abyss. Filled with mysterious symmetries and rendered in heart-stopping prose, Fugitive Pieces is a triumphant work, a book that should not so much be read as it should be surrendered to.”1 month ago
ttySThe Slave and the Free, Widows of Eastwick, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fault in Our Stars, Just Kids
The Slave and the Free was recommended by a friend. It’s this sort of out-there post-apocalyptic feminist fiction.. I had problems with it because so much of the action was explained by the narrator instead of acted out by the characters. I didn’t get anything from the style, and I don’t know that I got much from the plot. Fiction for a different era, maybe.
Widows… Updike again.
I’m quickly finishing The Poisonwood Bible. I love the first-person teenage girl thing! Because I was once an insolent teenage girl. Plus I’m learning about the Congo. Someone once told me this book is overrated, but I don’t think so.
I just got The Fault in Our Stars from the library. It feels a little overwrought and, like, contrived. But an easy read.
I borrowed Just Kids by Patti Smith. I don’t have a good impression of it yet. 1 month ago
Well, I need some escapism (and us grown-up types have been missing our Sunday night zombies), so I’ve grabbed the first three Walking Dead comic collections from the library. (I’ve also explained that not all comics are for kids, so we won’t be adding these to the bedtime reading list).
- Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye (#1–6) ~ Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore
- Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us (#7–12) ~ Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
- Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars (#13–18) ~ Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Okay… not exactly “books” but that’s okay. And just for fun, I checked – the zombies on the covers align when you put them next to each other! Wheeee!1 month ago
Since I started reading the book I’m supposed to be reading I haven’t read hardly any of it. I guess I just need to get into the habit of it (hadn’t read a book for quite a long time), especially reading before trying to sleep maybe. Have been reading some magazines recently though.
Just writing this here as a reminder to start reading it properly! 1 month ago
Finally finished my 3rd book. I haven’t been doing really large books because I don’t want to lose the momentum, but I just might hit across one very soon.
Book 3 was “How Starbucks Saved My Life”. I would say it was definitely a good read :). I was also surprised that they plan to turn it into a movie, especially with Tom Hanks in it :). Looking forward to see whether they manage to capture all the emotions in the movie as well. :) 2 months ago