JANUARY-FEBRUARY READING REVIEW

In 2015, I was in the last semester of my English degree, burnt out and unable to focus. Then I spent my summer running around with a BOY, and when I relocated to Europe with @lame i was too busy being drunk every night to read. I vowed to get out of the slump in 2016, and I've already read more in two months than I did all last year.
  1. 1.
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    Honestly don't know how I made it so long without reading this bad bitch of a book. I started it during spring break of last year, but aforementioned reading slump thwarted my plans. No surprise, I LOVED it, and it was the perfect mix of mopey and hopeful to gobble up in the wake of a very painful breakup. Sylvia is my queen and I would die for her.
  2. 2.
    Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life by Abigail Thomas
    This memoir was a Christmas (birthday?) gift from @lame and I read it in one sitting after finishing Bell Jar and it is perf. Thomas' prose is vivid and hypnotic as she looks back over her imperfect life and celebrates the woman she is and the women she has been. It gave me so much hope and so much sadness. I will definitely be reading this book again and again.
  3. 3.
    Room by Emma Donahue
    I read this in like three seconds. It is painful and beautiful and enormously well-done. BUT for as much as I liked it, I think this is one rare case in which I actually prefer the film! (Btw congrats to my bby Brie Larson for her important trophy. I've loved you since Sleepover!!!)
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    Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
    I was ALL ABOUT this book for the first like 500 pages. It was bizarre and fun and a tiny bit sad. And then in the last 200 pages the story derails itself with a boring and uncomfortable statutory rape plotline 🙄 Anyway it was just so Straight Male and it inspired me to focus on books written by women for the rest of the year.
  5. 5.
    First and Then by Emma Mills
    In the past two years or so, I dipped my toes back into YA literature a few times and was consistently disappointed. I was beginning to wonder if I'd outgrown it. But after starting and abandoning two (wonderful) books that were just too heavy for me in my current emotional state, I decided to give this a try. It was refreshing. The story is simple, small, and doesn't take itself too seriously. It felt good to love a YA romance again.
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    Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    The story I'm working on right now is more young than adult, and I found that reading YA helped me fall into the right headspace and find the tone I've been looking for for months, so I decided to keep it going. I adored this book. I saw so much of my 19-year-old self in Cath (hello, pacing through the English building for 20 minutes before mustering up the courage to go talk to a professor). Basically I'm in love with everything this woman writes, and it did wonders to inspire my own writing.