People always ask me questions about what I’ve been reading lately. Maybe it’s because I work in a library, maybe it’s because I’m an English major, maybe it’s because they’ve known me for longer than two weeks and are aware of my constantly expanding and utterly ridiculous personal library, which takes up two self-assembly bookcases stacked two deep, one floor-to ceiling shelf stacked two deep, and the small shelf above my desk.
Someday I will have a room walled entirely with bookshelves, and I will want to remain there until the end of my days. I intend to begin achieving this goal in my next apartment.
Lately I’ve been avoiding one of my favourite themes in novels – apocalyptic fiction – because that’s what my current novel is about. I don’t expect to be overly influenced by my recreational reading material, but I’d rather read outside my chosen theme for variety, except of course when doing research (and I do most of that on the internet).
So, here’s a short list of the books I have on my recreational reading list this month:
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
I picked this up at the campus bookstore last week. I’m working my way semi-systematically through Palahniuk’s works (so far I’ve read Fight Club, Diary and Choke) and wanted to pick up one that wasn’t a hard-back book. I’ve read the first few chapters and it’s excellent, though the language is a little hard to get into.
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, ever since I started watching Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations on the Travel Channel and Netflix. As well as being a lover of travel and culinary experimentation, I’m also a huge fan of Bourdain’s humour and frankness in his performance in the TV show. The book has a similar reputation for those two attributes, and I often succumb to obsessive addictions.
Anthony Bourdain is kind of my hero.
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Another book I’m reading because of TV. I admit it. I have a problem. But Dexter is one of the better shows I’ve watched on and off this year, and I was thrilled to discover that the entire premise of the show was based on a book. I’m a firm believer in the idea that anything TV and movies can do books can do better in terms of storytelling. Fight me if you like, but the book is ALWAYS better than the movie and you know it. And Dexter is a fantastic show, at least what I’ve seen of it has been fantastic (I made it halfway through season 3 before I got sick of beating the internet with a stick until TV falls out. Hopefully Netflix will help a sister out before too long).
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I picked this up yesterday on my weekly torture trip to Barnes and Noble. I usually don’t have much money to throw around and tend to simply wander the aisles of BN with a pained expression on my face, suffering from perverse book lust. But I’ve been meaning to read House of Leaves for the last few years after stumbling upon its extremely convoluted and intriguing TV Tropes Page (if you haven’t been to TV Tropes, there is something wrong with your life. You cannot achieve true happiness if you don’t go get lost on TV Tropes for a while. Go. Now. The monkey compels you!). I haven’t made the time (or, admittedly, effort), to pick it up, not even after being pestered by Jeff (who considers it one of his favourite books) and my crazy friend Steven in Kansas. But I spotted it on one of the sale tables in the front of the O Street BN store and figured, ‘what the hell, I’ll give it a shot’.
So I bought it, and spent a good hour and a half of my four hour work shift getting into it. It’s definitely going to take me longer than any average read, since it’s a very convoluted story. But so far, I’m very intrigued. I’ll post a spoiler-ridden review when I’m done with it.
So there you have it; what this writer reads when she wants to relax and escape the madness and curiosity of her day-to-day existence. I’ll try to post about books more, in the hopes people will actually start reading this blog so I’m not just talking to an empty void.
Anyone out there?
Nope, just me then.
Upcoming blog topics include: NaNoWriMo Prep, my wacky experiences with my writing group, my fantastical mini-vacation to Virginia where I try not to kill my extended family, writers as alcoholics (true or false), digital readers and the ‘death’ of the paperback novel and writing and relationships.
Also kittens. Because who doesn’t like kittens?
(also, all images were found via Google Image Search and are copyright their respective posters. Don’t sue me plz).
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