What I’ve been reading…

Well, it’s kind of been a while since I’ve blogged about books, huh? I, of course, missed reading but I’m sure you all know it’s easy for the habit to fall to the wayside. The fact that it’s bubble bath season (basically every other night, all winter long baby!) coupled with taking the train downtown a few times a week means I’ve had a lot more time to read than normal. It’s kind of like a snowball too, the more time I spend reading the more I want to read.

What I’ve been reading…
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. It’s the third book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, which I’m sure you’ve probably seen me reference before. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite from the three. They were all great! I honestly can’t recommend these books enough. If you haven’t read them yet, stop reading this post and get to it! …Before the movie comes out this December! Ahhh! Tim Burton, you guys!

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I read Jenny’s first book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and LOVED it. So when Amazon was all “hey, that author you loved that book by is writing another one!” I was pumped. Awesomely enough a very kind person offered to send it my way (Thank you, Sarah!) As soon as it showed up I basically spent the next three nights in the tub, getting pruny, and devouring this book. Furiously Happy is more a collection of writings by the author than one single piece that flows. There were certain parts I enjoyed more than other but the simple fact is it made me laugh, it made my cry, and I still feel a great deal of respect for Jenny. This book definitely isn’t for everyone but if you liked her first one definitely give this one a try too!

Suits Me : The Double Life of Billy Tipton by Diane Wood Middlebrook. This book has been hanging out on my bookshelf for a pretty long time. I just kept putting it off for one reason or another but finally started it last week. In full disclosure, I haven’t finished it yet but it’s a pretty crazy story so far. Jazz pianist Billy Tipton was born Dorothy Tipton which nearly no one knew until he died. This guy married multiple women who claimed to not know! I’m not 100% sold on the author, it seems like her writing might eventually lose my interest but the story itself is very intriguing. I can’t wait to see what happens.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I feel like I’m not allowed to give an honest review on a classic. I have been staring at my computer for a little while now trying to figure out what to type about The Bell Jar. It kept me interested for a little while but after a while it felt repetitive, and I was basically just reading to finish it and so that no one would talk to me on the train. But hey, I’m glad I finally read the book.

What have you been reading? I’m always looking for recommendations! Normally I have a pretty large collection in my to-read pile but I’ve nearly finished them all up. I need some new books in my life.

You can take a peek at all the other books I’ve blogged about under the “books” tag, and a list of my favorite books can be found here!

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • I totally agree about the Bell Jar. I don't think its awful but it can be…difficult to read? I've read it twice and both times it put me in a major funk for a week or so after.

    I got a book of poetry by Sarah Kay for Christmas called No Matter the Wreckage. I have so many pages earmarked. She's a spoken word poet, so you can also find some videos of her performing online. I recommend checking her out!

    • Oh yeah, total funk for me too. I guess that means it's a good book though? In the sense that what you read was so powerful it affected your mood…? Maybe…? I didn't hate it but it's just not something I would ever re-read.

  • I've readed the two first "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children series"…Here,in France, the third is not published! I loved the first one but I was a bit disappointed by the second (too much war for me) but the serie is fantastic and I adore the strange B&W photos…
    And you surprised me by your announce : a movie!!!! Youhou…by Burton???? Super…here we hear nothing about that!

  • I finally read The Bell Jar last year, I expected so much more out of it because I am a huge Plath fan, in regards to her poetry and The Bell Jar just kind of fell flat for me, I feel like the ending was too thrown together and not quite cohesive.

    I don't know if you're into comics/graphic novels, but Daytripper is beyond beautiful and probably the best thing I've read in the past year. The recent Palahniuk book of his stories is also really good, I like how short they are which makes it a breeze to get through a story when I'm not quite in the mood to read a "real" book.

    • I've actually never read a graphic novel. I'm not 100% sure I'd like them. I was looking for the Fight Club one at my local book store but couldn't find it. I'd be interested to flip through it.

  • my reading list always reverts back to my favorites when I was 18. "Hairstyles of the Damned" – by Joe Meno, "The perks of being a wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky – even if you have seen the movie!, anything by Hurt Vonnegut, especially his books of short stories like "Welcome to the Monkey House", "Looking for Alaska" – by Dutton Juvenile, "Go Ask Alice" by Beatrice Sparks (I personally need to read "The Anonymous Diary Collection" – Lucy in the Sky, Letting Ana Go, the Book of David … all in the tradition of Go Ask Alice. I can think of a million more, but they're all sad and thoughtful fictions/non-fictions about being a teenage and/or a awkward punk kid. There are beautiful staples like "Of Mice and Men" and "The Great Gatsby" that I can read again and again, again because of my English professors teaching us to dig for the meaning in everything. The beauty and heartbreak of the 1920s with authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald, "the beautiful and the damned". okay, this was a stupid long post, sorry!

  • Not going to lie – there are many classics that I just don't really care for. I agree… The Bell Jar was just kind of meh.

    I'm really looking forward to the movie adaptation of Peculiar Children, though!

  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty is really good/funny/kind of macabre and probably up your alley! Also the Dexter series is good, if you haven't read it – they're dark but funny, similar to Chuck Palahniuk's early stuff. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is great too, it's semi self-helpy but I think you said you wanted to declutter a bit this year in a previous post? Anyway, it's pretty easy to flick through in chunks at a time but the writing style is cute and conversational without being too patronizing. I read it, rearranged my whole house and got rid of a ton of trash, then got my family and boyfriend to read it too, haha.