Books of February

09:01

Oops. I didn't blog in a month. No excuses though, all I did was eat and binge Pretty Little Liars - I have no productive, valid reason for me not to blog. I just got lazy.

To get my ass kicked back into full gear, I'm blogging about the best things ever again - books! I set myself the aim to read out-do my 4 books in January and read at least 5 in February. Ambitious.

I didn't do it.

BUT...

I did read four! And one of them was a big meat 1000+ pager - It.




IT - Stephen King


To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The longest book I've ever read, IT is the only book that can actually scare me - like actually nightmare material. Having seen the film when I was a kid (I was quite strange in the sense I LOVED gore and people dying when I was a child... Something I should keep to myself) I was excited to get straight into this book - and it is obviously way better than the film. This is the second time I have fully read through IT, and it took a good week and a bit - but it is so rich in detail and my imagination ran wild throughout reading it. One night I had put the book down and was too scared to sleep because I was sure that something was staring at me from the foot of my bed. 

Stephen King for sure has a way of sending chills down mine spine, I'd say IT is my favourite of his works, but Pet Cemetery and Carrie come close second!




The Virgin Suicides -Jeffrey Eugenides
please someone tell me how to pronounce that surname

the cover to this book is god damn awful

The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters' breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear. 

I bought this book quite a bit ago, tried to start it and then ended up drifting off and forgetting about it. I'll admit, it took a bit for me to get my head around, but interestingly it's one of those books that works around you and twists your interpretation. It had me thinking a certain way and looking at the story from a fixed perspective up until the last few chapters, when things started to become a bit clearer for me. One of my favourite things about this book is that it is so raw and real, and when the boys start to realise that the girls aren't the real deal - they have flaws, you begin to see that the story isn't romanticising suicide. It's ripping it from the bones and serving you it on a plate. 




Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell


So, here she is again - good ol' Rainbow. 

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

The immersion in this book is next level. Everytime I read it I feel emotionally unstable, I'm upset because of Cath's dad, then happy when Levi is making Cath nervous, I'm annoyed when Wren is fucking shit up - then I'm stressed when Cath's deadline is looming and she's basically loosing the plot. 

Maybe I should stop getting so invested in books and try investing in people...

This book is perfect, the self-depreciating characters and story progression are perfect, and I really do feel like I'm there with Cath experiencing everything she is going through. It is just a bonus that she loves creative writing just as I do. Fangirl is for sure one of them books anyone of my age can relate to because every character is someone you know. Hands down on of my favourite. 

And yes, this was a re-read. I've actually lost count how many times I have read this now.



Beautiful People - Simon Doonan


A charming and funny memoir of escaping a bonkers family and following your dreams. Growing up in a working class area of Reading with the mad-cap Doonan clan, Simon yearned to get out and find the Beautiful People who he imagined lived fabulous lives of glitz and glamour. This is the story of his attempt to do just that.

Ok, I did find this book a bit hard to identify with at the start - it's set in the 50's and I had no clue what most of the references were about. After watching both seasons of the TV show (which is hilarious if you haven't seen it) I really fancied giving the memoir a go. Usually, I love anything with truth to it, true stories are always the best ones! But for some reason I just didn't gel with it, it was okay and at some points it was hilarious - but I just think the style of writing and way the book is set out wasn't for me. 

To be fair, the TV series is a world away from the book, some of the dialogue is taken straight from the book - but the book isn't just about his childhood. My problem here was that I went in with the TV show in mind and was left stranded when the book wasn't like it much at all. Beautiful People was a light and fluffy read though, and was a breeze from start to finish - I may have to re-read this later with a different mindset. 


Tom

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