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SkinnyDippingIntoBooks

Skinny Dipping Into Books

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'.


Emotional response-

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

Currently reading

The Complete Stories
Flannery O'Connor
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
Alissa Nutting, Alissa Nutting
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs started off well; the first 100 (@ the point where he hasn't "traveled yet"). I thought it may end up going to the direction of a fairly well written ghost story. these first pages had me staying up till sunrise.... then.... it collapsed. I did like the imagery throughout the entire book; specially of the bar, black bird, etc. The best way i can describe it is, if you are at party and there is at least five conversations in earshot. you try desperately to combine each of these five stories into a sequenced story.... there was just too much going on for such a short book and i really, really wanted it to be creeper and more of a ghost story. The dialog seemed to be the biggest issue here, and rather than adding to the content and character development, seemed to fall short. One has to remember though that this story is YA, so it may be my fault—as a 30 year old— for feeling so underwhelmed. This coupled with the switch up just didn't do it for me.However you were hyped like a new weight loss diet and this did you no justice. expectations were too high. You fell flat on your face from a high rise building, breathless and still holding onto your arrogance. I hate how amazon and NPR hypes up books and then your expectations are NEVER EVER met. Update: retrospectively, and compared to other 2 ratings, this one was more of a three. I'm still waiting for the new one to come out. I also wonder, that since it was a library version, did i read this one too hastily and thus lost out on something?