What I’ve been reading…

After that last batch of books that kind of really really stunk, I was dreading reading anything else. Sometimes I feel like I’ve hit a brick wall with the books I like. Even though I’ve certainly branched out in my reading when it comes right down to it I still am a very picky reader. So when the last four books I read didn’t excite me I started to think “okay, I’ve read everything that appeals to me, back to rereading Palahniuk.” Nooope. These last five books reignited my passion for reading.

What I’ve been reading…
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Undead by Dick Teresi
As Nature Made Him by Joe Colapinto
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides
She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan

As always, the worst first – The Undead. So, really this wasn’t a terrible book. I just felt like it was really slow to begin with. I drug my heels through the first half of the book then it really picked up and I flew through the rest of it. It’s about how modern medicine is blurring the line between life and death. I’m not sure I’d recommend it due to the very slow start and obviously opinionated, instead of simply reported, style of writing. It should also be noted that there are lots of claims that this book is riddled with fictitious statements.

I already had a good idea of how As Nature Made Him went since I’d already seen the documentary but decided to read the book as well. In 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his
family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender. It’s a heartbreaking book and absolutely interesting look at the age old nature versus nurture debate.

From the remaining three, I cannot choose a favorite. I adored them all. Let’s start with Girl, Interrupted. I had a good feeling I’d like the book since the movie is one of my favorites (although that’s not always the case. Wanna know a secret I feel super guilty about? I like Fight Club the movie and thousand times more than Fight Club the book.) I tore through the book in no time at all. I definitely recommend it, whether you’ve seen the movie or not!

Another book I had already seen the movie for, The Virgin Suicides. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the book. When I saw the movie the first time I wasn’t all that into it, it just didn’t grab my attention but this wasn’t the case with the book. I couldn’t put it down.

She’s Not There was EXCELLENT, easily one of the best things I’ve read in a while. It was a book that immediately drew me in and I had to finish it in the same day. She’s Not There is Jennifer Finney Boylan’s story of transforming from the male she was born as to the woman she always was. I adored Jennifer’s writing. I literally cannot recommend this book highly enough.

What have you been reading lately?

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • I love how books create this self portrait of yourself somehow. Purely to how to relate to them, feel excited by them, or simply by how their perception of the world makes you feel something!

    If you enjoyed these books I would recommend.

    Just Kids – Patti Smith (this book had a huge impact on my life – it made me quit my bum out job and fight for something I feel passionate about)

    Christopher Hitchens – morality

    Jonathan Safran foer – eating animals

    The camera my mother gave me – susanna kaysen

  • Very interested that you read Virgin Suicides instead of Middlesex when it seemed like you were on a little bit of an intersex kick! It takes a while to get to the life of the intersex character (or say like…300 pages). But it's still relevant haha. Definitely going to check out She's Not There.