Sunday, February 21, 2016

Recent Reads: The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, Furiously Happy, and Reading Like A Writer

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I'm actually on book nine of the year...but way behind on reviewing them!  My apologies for not being the best blogger this month - I've been interning full time at a publishing house this month (more on that soon) and it's had me pretty busy.  I have lots that I want to write about though, and a free day this coming week, so hopefully I'll be posting more regularly again.  I'd got into such good habits, but then February upended them.  Isn't that always the way?  Anyway, here are three more books I've read so far in 2016.

The lovely Christy bought me this book as a present years ago.  She has mad book selecting skills, so I should have read it immediately, but for some reason it took me months, nay, years, to get to this book.  That was an error, as it's a really charming little read.  The world constructed in the book is delightful, and the characters quirky and interesting.  Many of the books mentioned raised familiar smiles and several of the sadder moments in the narrative made me have a little weep.  After reading this I wanted to open a bookshop, stat.


 I enjoy Jenny Lawson's blog and adored Let's Pretend This Never Happened, so I had such high hopes for this book.  I was not let down.  Thpught-provoking, enlightening, touching, and at points incredibly silly, I galloped through this book at a rate of knots.  Jenny's take on mental health, anxiety, and life in general is so refreshing - I can tell that anything she writes, I'm going to love.  Great book.


 There is so much to learn from this book, and I enjoyed the way Prose took her readers through every step of the construction of prose.  It reminded me of the study texts from my degree, and definitely inspired me to pick up a lot of new books - there's a fantastic appendix which is essentially a reading list of awesomeness.  At times the density of the content made this tougher going, but I can tell I'll be referring to the book often.  Not exactly a leisure read, but well worth a look for any aspiring writers!

Next three books on the list are Spectacles, Our Endless Numbered Days, and The Good Girl.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked the book! That year I also gave it to my parents, who liked it too. Its rating is 100%.

    Can I work at your bookstore?


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