What I’ve Been Reading

It’s really been a while since I made one of these posts! I was so busy with painting pictures and ugh work that I’ve been slacking on reading, which is no good, since I’m currently behind last year’s pace. Last year I read 87 books so if I want to reach 104 I need to pick it up!


The Memory Keeper’s Daughter 14/104, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom 15/104, The Basic Eight 16/104

Last year my two favorite new books were both short story collections, which is unusually since I don’t usually like short stories. One was The Secrets of a Fire King, by Kim Edwards, and it made me want to read me to read The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. I promptly forgot about it until a few weeks ago when one of my clients suggested I read it. I was apprehensive because I know how much she loved Twilight, but I bought it in spite of my reservations and I really liked it.

Taylor downloaded Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom since it’s free, and I basically read it just because it was there. I guess I liked it well enough but I don’t think it’s going to be a rereader for me, unlike…

The Basic Eight is one of my favorite books of all time, I’ve read it probably dozens of times and I never get sick of it. Originally I borrowed-slash-stole it from my mom, but she eventually took it back and I had to go buy my own copy. I took a break from my kindle to read it (mostly in the bath). It’s funny and weird and horrifying and tragic. Have you read this book? Why or why not? Would you read it now that I’ve recommended it? Why or why not? WHY OR WHY NOT?

6 Replies to “What I’ve Been Reading”

  1. I actually tried reading “the basic eight” but never finished it. I think the problem was that I kept only reading it in very small chunks spread out, so I kept getting confused and losing momentum. The book is very very wordy/descriptive/fast moving so if you aren’t going to read it in large portions you just end up re-reading what you already read. Maybe I’ll give it another try.


    I recommend this book to anyone who will hold still long enough to hear me go on and on about it

    How FUCKING INCREDIBLE is Daniel Handler???

    1. SO INCREDIBLE, he is basically (HA HA) my favorite author (after Francine Pascal of course).

      I knew there was a reason I liked you.

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