I’m making my way through two lists of books that are recommended for people my age. So far, so awesome. I started with She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, a great novel about a girl whom nothing seems to go right for. You follow her from childhood through her thirties. It’s one of those psychological crazy books (which I love).
Then I read a few excerpts from The Benchley Roundup by Nathaniel Benchley. He wrote in the 1920s a bunch of satirical essays. He is hilarious and writes about almost anything you can think of, and everything you didn’t think to think of. My favorite that I read was “How to Get Things Done.” Which he uses the tendency to procrastinate to actually accomplish everything he wants to. So clever.
Then I dabbled into some of the short stories in Black Tickets by Jayne Anne Phillips. These were a bit off beat. The characters are very sexual and damaged making the stories sometimes quite raw and in your face. Yet, intriguing. I plan to read through the rest of the stories as the summer progresses.
And right now, I picked up Sylvia Plath’s only novel written, The Bell Jar. It’s wonderful. I’m more than halfway through and I’ve only had it out a day from the library. It’s very similar to the plot of She’s Come Undone, but in my opinion more interesting. This character is more educated, and her thought process is spot on. I relate to the protagonist quite well…even though I’m not about to go into a mental breakdown. I’m excited to finish this book within the week.
The next book I’m most excited about is Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney. From what I understand, it’s about a cocky, young business man who thinks he’s too good for what he’s doing. Sounds up my alley…
What are you reading?