What I’ve been reading…

Five more books read since the last time I updated you all on my reading goal for the year which means… I surpassed my goal! Cue the confetti! I’m sitting at 32 books read so far this year.

What I’ve been reading…
I am not myself these days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The Education of a Very Young Madam by Ma-Ling Lee
Elf Girl by Rev Jen
Pulp by Charles Bukowski

As always – worst first, The Education of a Very Young Madam. There’s no delicate way to say this but I hated this book. I literally hated it more than I’ve ever hated a book ever. The author was the most arrogant person I have ever read anything by. She bragged about sending thugs after her girls, trashed her employees for not being intelligent enough to do what she did and just generally had the most disgusting attitude. Aside from that, parts of the book felt a bit made up. I probably piqued your interest by ranting about how much I despised this book, huh? Well, that wasn’t my intent. Stay far away from this book. There are tons of other books on the oldest profession in the world to read instead if you’re interested.

American Salvage is a book of short stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell. It was pretty great. She’s a very talented writer. I bought the book because I read somewhere that it was super gritty (just my taste!) and it delivered. The stories were raw and emotional. I’d be interested in checking out more of Bonnie Jo Campbell’s writing.

Pulp wasn’t what I was expected, especially after my recent Bukowski binge. Did I enjoy though? Heck yes!

Elf Girl did not disappoint. Reverend Jen is the bee’s knees. I seriously love her. I highly recommend both Elf Girl and Live Nude Elf to everyone!! (Okay, “everyone” as in everyone who tends to enjoy the sort of things I read otherwise you’re just going to be weirded out.)

My absolute favorite of the five books from this month was I am not myself these days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Josh works in advertising during the day and at night turns himself into Aqua, a 7 foot tall drag queen who maybe kinda-sorta has a drinking problem. His writing is down to earth and very humorous. I absolutely fell in love with him. It was the kind of book that I was bummed when it ended. I wish it could have been twice as long!

Does anyone have any other book recommendations about drag queens? I don’t know why I never though to look before this book but I need more drag queen memoirs in my life. I briefly tried searching but wasn’t finding exactly what I wanted.

Today two books I’ve reeeeeally been looking forward to come out (Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk and Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us by Jesse Bering) are available so I’m heading to the book store to pick them up. I’m so excited to read them both.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp is great, about a drag queen in the ummm…40s? Shanteram, The Anatomist, Middlesex are great books too although not about drag gueens…

  • Have you ever read any of Joe R. Lansdale's stuff? He is a great author, and I'm not sure if you've seen a movie called "Bubba Ho-Tep" starring the awesome Bruce Campbell, but that movie was based on a Joe R. Lansdale story. So check out his works! lol. I am reading "Lost Echoes" by him.

  • In my freshman year hardcore lit class (think, only reading books by serious old dead white dudes) I named I Am Not Myself These Days as my favorite book. Mwahaha. I have a signed book plate from him! It says "Any friend of Aqua is a friend of mine". I'm obsessed. I know he's one half of The Fabulous Beekman Boys, but I haven't caught the series yet.