It has been about 76 years since I've done a book review post, and it's way overdue. You know I love books the way fashion bloggers love JCrew. They're in my blood and I can't get enough. Some of these books have been around the block for awhile, and I'm just now reading them. Some of these books I read in the spring, but then my head was in the toilet until October so I haven't been able to tell you about them. Regardless, I love to read book reviews, so for the 3.2 of you out there who feel the same, this is for you. Also, you're my soulmate.
1. Hatching Twitter. I loved this. It's a nonfiction story about Twitter and how it started. It was basically the Twitter version of The Social Network and full of dramaz like you can't imagine. I was on twitter for about 5 minutes not long after it first launched, so I remembered some of the stuff they talk about, and it was so cool to get the background story even though I still find Twitter mostly annoying. It also goes into detail about how Blogger came about, which was interesting. I highly recommend. It will make you want to be a techie.
2. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Another book I couldn't get enough of. It was a lot like The Paris Wife and the story of Hadley and Ernest Hemingway, except it was about the Fitzgeralds, as told from Zelda's point of view. It starts with how they first met and walks through their marriage, their time in Paris, and their life until she starts to go crazy. It was a little sad at times but completely fascinating, especially for the literature nerds like me. Loved it.
3. Bird by Bird: Some Thoughts on Writing and Life. This book is nothing new and has been on my to-read list since college. My favorite classes in college were my writing classes, taught by a grad student with a Wisconsin accent not terribly older than we were. She was hilarious, and I learned more from her classes than any others. We sat around a large conference table 3 times a week and exchanged our short stories and poems and suggestions. This book reminded me of those classes. It's geared more toward fiction writers, which I am not, but since good nonfiction writing uses the elements of fiction, it's worth the read for anyone who likes to write. Even though some parts weren't totally applicable, Anne Lamott's writing is delightful. She could write a chemistry textbook, and I would read it with a cup of tea. I want to hug her someday.
4. Unbroken. Hands down the best book I've read in a very long time. It's a true story about a WWII soldier and how he survived a plane crash and years as a Japanese POW. It's POWerful (ahaha..hahahaha..ahahaha)(I'll see myself out now). The first third or so was a little slow due to the history of his track legacy (sports = yawn), but it comes into play later on in the book. I couldn't put it down and I didn't want it to end. Also, the movie comes out this month! I'll be there with bells on.
5. Delancey. This book is a food blogger's memoir about her experience helping her husband open up a restaurant/pizza place. I feel like I should've liked it more than I did. I can't pinpoint what it was about the book, but it just didn't quite do it for me. It was definitely interesting and entertaining at times, but overall felt like a "meh" for me. However, if you're from the Seattle area you might have a vested interest in the story, as that's where they live and lots of local places are mentioned.
6. Wild. I feel like I need to hide behind something to give this review. I DID NOT LIKE IT. I'M SORRY. I am the .0001% who cannot get behind this book, even though it came highly recommended. It's a memoir written by a woman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in the 90s. There was something about it that didn't sit right with me, and I think it's the author, like we got off on the wrong foot. I know we are/were all young and dumb once, but even though she had a hellish few years, she made some flat-out dumb life decisions, and I felt myself losing respect for her which made it hard for me to cheer her on. The hiking part was interesting, especially when she talked about the Sierras since I grew up in that area. But I didn't love it, and I don't think she's the writer everyone makes her out to be. I'm sorry. Forgive me.
If you can't tell, I'm really into nonfiction. I just think sometimes real life is so much more interesting than anything that can be made up. I did, however, just start reading a novel called A Paris Apartment earlier this week, and I'm already hooked. What are you reading? What should I read (don't tell me Lena Dunham's book-I won't read it)? If you want to creep the embarrassing list of books I've read/want to read, follow me on Goodreads! I'll make you cookies and we can talk about books forever <3