13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL by Mona Awad | fiction, memoir-ish
First heard about this book on NPR months ago so I knew that the author based the stories in the book on her own experiences, and I was really looking forward to reading it. It was mostly “meh”. Like, the stories are good and real and written fantastically, but everything read really negatively, and maybe that was the point, but I don’t know. The constant negative undertone got really old really fast. Also. I don’t mean for that to sound insensitive; I know the stories probably resonate with a lot of people. But for me, they weren’t relatable and seemed overly negative, like that friend who always complains about EVERY-FUCKING-THING, even when there’s nothing to complain about, yet somehow finds a way to whine about whatever it is.
But I mean, read the book. It’s written well and is pretty funny, in weird ways, at times. You might like it more than I did!
GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT by Alyson Foster | fiction
Enjoyable enough. Quick read. Not incredibly deep or anything but definitely identifiable. Love that it’s written through a series of emails between the narrator and another person, but only the narrator’s emails are included. So yeah, that means you’re left to infer what the other person wrote. Like that it dealt with the complexities of romantic and intimate relationships.
THE THROWBACK SPECIAL by Chris Bachelder | fiction, sports
Loved. But that could be because I like football and “my team” is the Washington Redskins, which is the team this books is about. Or, rather, an infamous play by the Skins, reenacted annually by a group of dudes, is what this book is about. On the surface, anyway. I liked reading a book about dudes, by a dude. Totally different perspectives in the storytelling. Quick read, too. You might even like this book even if you’re not into sports or football. The story of a group of male friends doing something super masculine (reenacting a football play), mixed with all the sub-plots that deal with taboo-for-dudes things, like feelings and shit – it’s pretty refreshingto read.
THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS by David Wong | science fiction, apocalypse
If you like end-of-the-world zombie crap, you’ll like this. I do not like end-of-the-world zombie crap, and I did not like this book. Aside from the fact that its plot is totally ridiculous, I didn’t like the writing. I know it was supposed to be funny and, I don’t know, relaxed (?) but I thought it came off as trying way too hard to be “bro-y”. Clearly I’m in the minority, though, because this book is a bestseller. I honestly have no fucking clue why I even started reading it. Definitely didn’t finish it.
What’ve you read lately?