Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pre-Holiday Books: What's Everyone Reading?

What am I currently reading? 

I am reading Speedboat by Renata Adler,


PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives complied by Frank Warren (See HERE for explanation).

What did I recently finish?

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. Keegan had a job waiting for her at The New Yorker when she died in a car accident five days after graduating from Yale. Her essay entitled "The Opposite of Loneliness" about her Yale experience subsequently went viral. From the book's foreword, which was written by one of her Yale writing instructors, I gather she was spirited, curious, and feisty. Challenged people, questioned everything, and was akin to a square peg. For me, this translated into a wonderful reading experience. If you compare her writing style to the likes of more acclaimed short story authors like Alice Munro, or even Miranda July (No One Belongs Here More Than You), you will notice the youthful inexperience in her writing. But who cares? The stories and essays are still incredibly contemporary, engaging, and rather unique. I highly recommend it.

What will I read next (with my increasingly limited time!)?

I think it is time to pick up (again) a collection of short stories called Bark by Lorrie Moore, and Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique.

What is going on in your “reading” life these days?


Anonymous said...

Yay! Love to hear that you enjoyed The Opposite of Loneliness since I have it sitting on my nightstand checked out from the library. I'll be getting to that over Thanksgiving break I hope. :)

Books on the Table said...

I have been wanting to read The Opposite of Loneliness -- it sounds wonderful.

Jack said...

Frank and I started blogging around the same time, but the big difference is that Post Secret turned into a monster success and I just turned into a monster. ;)

Gina said...

Do it! Very fresh, I think, due to her age.

Gina said...

Haha!!! I didn't know that. I (sort of) knew the premise, and it could have been quite gimmicky, but, to me, it is not. Intriguing. Roar!!!!!

Ginny Marie said...

I'm reading Death Without Company by Craig Johnson, and I have a couple of books on hold that I'm eagerly waiting for!

Gina said...

I really liked it! I am very fond of the genre these days. I just want more and more. Start it! It is good. I just keep thinking, "My goodness, a child is writing this." But, of course, she was 22 years old and hardly a child. To me though, I couldn't believe her age.

Gina said...

I don't know Death Without Company, but I am definitely going to check it out!