Currently reading – Deciding…
1 =To read again every year
2 =To read again every few years
3 =Great read, but wouldn’t read again
4 =It felt like a chore for at least half the book
5 =I’d rather watch paint dry
1 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – The author killed herself at age 30 by sticking her head in an oven with the gas on. She locked her kids in another room and sealed the cracks with wet towels to keep them safe from carbon monoxide. That’s just the author. The book is great. I can relate.
1 Demian by Hermann Hesse – For when feeling lost in life, which is all the time.
1 The Fall by Albert Camus – Ah, the duplicity of man.
1 How Should a Person Be by Sheila Heti – How should I be? There were parts of the book that really stood out, particularly the bit about the “eternal child”. Torontonian author!
2 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – Very visceral, and quite honestly, frightening. The shots of enjoyable humor dispersed throughout the book only adds to the fright.
2 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – What an adventure. Cannot forget Holden’s rant about “phony” people.
2 Room by Emma Donoghue – Bawled my eyes out and read all 321 pages in a 12-hour period. I could fill up a mug with the tears I cried over this book. Almost too scared to read it again, because this book can really affect me. I was thinking about this book for weeks after I was finished. Canadian author!
2 Death in Venice by Thomas Mann – Short. Impactful. This is how it feels to long for something you can’t have. You don’t have to be a middle-aged man, and the subject of desire doesn’t have to be an underage boy; the expressions in this book would still ring true.
2 Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – I hope this never happens to me. But if it does, at least I know how my family will react. I read some other short stories by Franz after reading Metamorphosis…He’s a very disturbed man. It doesn’t surprise me when I hear that he had a very unhappy life, publicly known to stem from his terrible relationship with his tyrannical father.
2 Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski – Oh Charles, you messed up human being, you. Your child/teenhood makes mine look like a cakewalk. I felt queasy and angry as I read this. It brought up some not-so-nice memories and negative emotions, so that’s how I know it’s a powerful book.
2 Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami – I read this book in 2016. It had its beautiful moments, but it felt, overall, too fantastical and forced. I’m giving it another read in 2017, and I seem to be enjoying it more. I don’t know why.
3 Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – This was 470 pages, but I didn’t find myself thinking it should be shorter. A sad and chilling tale based on a true murder story in Canada.
3 A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole – Humorous. Ignatius is so frustrating sometimes that you want to throw the book at a wall. Obviously very well-written, but I don’t see the point of reading it again…
3 The Stranger by Albert Camus – Leave him alone, he’s just indifferent! Is apathy a sin? Don’t pull that trigger, though.
3 The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham – There were parts of the book that were boring, but when it got real, it got REAL. Loved the part about the alien kids being able to share any experience, but choosing to experience some things as an individual, like eating a candy or watching a movie they already collectively know the plot of. This book was published 1957, but I see some parallels between us and the alien kids in the book. For example, we now live in a time where we can look at pictures of a restaurant, pictures of their food and read reviews about what their food tastes like, but then we physically go to the restaurant to experience it for ourselves if we truly want to experience pleasure. Have no idea what the hell I’m saying? Go read the book.
3 Animal Farm by George Orwell – Who hasn’t read this book? It was mandatory in high school for most people, but not for me. So I went and read it myself. I can see why it’s a classic, but I wouldn’t read it again.
3 Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk – What a wild ride. Very farfetched, but found some bits of comic gold and some reality checks in there. The reader is encouraged to read random parts of the book and eventually finish the book that way – the order of events does not matter.
4 Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse- When I was 10 years old, I read a comic book about Siddhartha becoming Buddha. Pretty sure that ruined any chance of me enjoying this fine book later on in my life.
4 The Road by Cormac McCarthy – This was horrific. Not horrifically written, but it was really dark and sad. But that’s all I got from it; dark and sad. The ending was not worth it.
5 The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood – Maybe I should read this when I turn 35 and I’d be able to connect with it. But for now, it’s a no.
5 Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – I’m pretty sure I’ll use this book as a fire starter no matter what age I read it at.
5 The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera – Zzz….
5 Post Office by Charles Bukowski – Ham on Rye was amazing, but this was just boring for me.
5 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – This would have been really great if it had ended halfway.
Books I should get to reading – Keep it growing
The Vegetarian by Han Kang