I like the rain. I want to have a spring bookworming rain party full out with wellies—but not those Hunter Boots; absolutely not—, with yummy airy things like puffed pastries, meringues, mini fluffy cheese cakes, mousse dessert, macaroon, biscuits, crepe, and Earl Grey tea, definitely Earl Grey tea. and Tillandsia. We'd have lots of "air plants". Lots! And We'd read, but not anything structured. We'd bring books, trade books, read out-loud, pass books around between sentences and paragraphs. We'd leave with books we hadn't discovered.
I like books like I like my Jazz; euphoric, dangerous, occasionally a bit manic, sorrowful, bleak, raging, mood-incongruent, mournful, unforgivingly ragged, symbolic in a quiet way, warm apple pie for the soul. Give me a Plath style. Yōko Ogawa, M. Roach,
Criteria: Not rated on likability of characters. Not objective. I like Moxie Soda; chances are you don't.
time spent in that before bed reading slot:
5-until blurry eye 4-Later than I intended, but I still kept to my extended, extended reading time 3-I really should have been to bed an hour ago 2-customary 30 minutes. 1-book. side table. eyes closed.
How are common themes handled?
5-With an aesthetic that repurposes everyday themes into something fresh. Think of Hole Celebrity Skin covered by Cat Power 4-there is a comfortable air of familiarly.
3-Deja Vu 2. No deviation from its mates 1. Devastatingly trite, redundant, and stale.
Where would you keep it post-reading?
5-Next to my bed. 4-it's the center piece of my favorite bookshelf 3. On my other favorite bookshelf, but it's a bit dusty over their 2-Great cheap bookends 1-It never made it out of the box marked 'moving'.
5- Where is my teddy bear? Emotional-hangover 4- If I wasn't so emotionally stunted I'd cry. 3. Did James Cameron co-wrote this? Artfully contrived. 2- calculative emotional manipulation. This was literally written by James Cameron.1- I…feel…..nothing.
Mechanics (plot structure, voice, presentation, word choice, sentence structure, characters, writing style, pacing, and consistency):
5-Chanel 4-Prada 3-J-Crew 2-Gap 1-Old Navy
So why abandon this book, Jason. you love this genre and you love books where the central character is more fucked up then you will ever be; perhaps it's something to aspire to (said jokingly. ok that was just mean), or perhaps other peoples fragility is something that is honorable?).So how did this one not meet my expectations? the storyline of someone torn asunder was present, but the delivery fell short. it was long winded (IMO), which is a type of writing that evades me. i lost interest pretty quickly. I like the sharp, exact, and etched out style of Juliann Garey in cases where mental illness/sickness/etc are a central plot. Or the delicate, captivating descriptions of fault in our stars—i adore you, John Green. I would have rather re-read both, rather than venture deeper in this lengthy, overly verbose (in a different way, then lets say Beloved [example used not to degrade Beloved, but to specify my use of verbose, in this case meaning long-winded, in a manner which suggested an unfinished, or rather under-refined novel]) and wafting style. In regards to the subject matter, I much preferred bastard out of carolina to this novel. The latter was edged out better, and the the scrap thrown in the trash. A journal style would have better captivated the main characters progression into rape, weight gain, as well as other themes that are much too common in contemporary literature. A stylistic change, that would reduce this book from a heavy 480 pages to a solid 300 or less. Side note: this is an oprah recomendation; i almost always hate her book picks.