From the Bookshelves of October 2013

Books: Carrie, I Was Told There'd By Cake, Homeward Bound, NOS4A2
Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar

Homeward Bound was this month’s recommended reading, so there’s already a full post about it, but in case you don’t feel like checking that out: This book was pretty fascinating. It was thought provoking and kind of interesting in that I could relate pretty well to some topics. Matchar does a wonderful job of looking at multiple sides to a subject, while ultimately giving her overall opinion at the end. If you’re any kind of crafty blogger–(even if you don’t necessarily blog about your crafting–I suggest giving it a look.

Carrie by Stephen King

This was a reread before I went to see the remake, and while I’m glad I read it again, I wish I had waited until after seeing the remake, just so it wouldn’t have affected my opinion on the movie. I love the book, though. I first read it in high school, and I don’t remember my exact thoughts on it, but I did enjoy it just as much then, though likely in a different way. Reading it through this time, it made me both sad and angry to read about how Carrie was treated. I think I’ve gotten increasingly sympathetic since high school. All I really wanted to do was beat up all the girls who were picking on her and let her know someone cared. I’m a very sensitive person, apparently.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2 (pronounced “Nosferatu,” like the German vampire) was so long, coming in at almost seven hundred pages, but the story was worth it. I almost wish I had read this in December to go with the Christmas theme, but I think the scare factor worked just as well in October.  It also really helped me in learning more about Joe Hill’s sense of humor; I already follow him on twitter, but reading NOS4A2, I couldn’t help but laugh when he made a few references to Stephen King’s works, listing places like Shawshank Prison or “Pennywise Circus.” (If you didn’t know, Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son. I basically adore the whole family at this point.) If you still want something scary to read post-Halloween, I would recommend this, as long as you’re willing to make the commitment. It garnered quite a few late-night hours from me in my efforts to finish, not to mention I needed to know what happened to everyone. Each page towards the end I was on edge, hoping certain characters wouldn’t die. And I can honestly say my jaw literally dropped at one point. I’m kind of still mad about that one, actually.

I Was Told There’d be Cake by Sloane Crosley

This was super fun to read. It turned out I was on a non-fiction kick this month, starting with Homeward Bound and ending with this collection of personal essays by Crosley. They were humorous and struck me in some resonant ways, such as in her essay “You on a Stick,” in which she chronicles being in the wedding of a high school friend whom she hadn’t spoken with in years, to the point of not even remembering the girl at first. It’s not that this has happened to me, just that I’m starting to know a number of people getting married. I also enjoyed it simply for the simplicity of the read; it was short, quick to get through, and after NOS4A2, that was rather welcome. I knew very little about Sloane Crosley before reading this, but it’s been on my list for a while after one of my professors mentioned it last semester, and I’m really glad I didn’t just let it fade away into the Land of Books to be Read. Crosley talks about beginning work in publishing, which is something I find interesting to begin with and have considered, so it really struck my interest.

“From the Bookshelves” is a monthly list of books I’ve recently read. I’ll share the good, the bad, and the ones so awful I didn’t even finish. The goal is to expose readers to books I encountered, and hopefully pique their interest in even the less enjoyed books because what’s boring to me might be fascinating to them.


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