I was truly surprised to see there have been no updates since August.
Because, let’s get something straight – there have been books and memorable ones!
And important ones!
And luckily, I have updated the Instagram @jessbrarian account because I mean, phew!!
One thing that is nice and lucky for me is that I can use writing and my humor to go into a little world of my own and ignore the real world.
That is what reading is as well.
Reprieve and it’s one that makes me feel quite productive.
There is nothing I love more than going into my GoodReads app on my phone to click on the “I’ve finished the book” button.
I love reading a review of a book in the NYTimes Book Review of a book I have read and agree with the writer wholeheartedly or see the book from a new perspective. I am definitely one to exclaim, “Oh so you like reading books! Imagine how much you might like reading book reviews!!”
In my case, so much.
One recent review that really blew me away and just made me love books and reviews and graphic novels forever more is the review of Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel. Guts.
I read the book over the course of a few hours and continue to be so impressed with Raina Telgemeier and her ability to tell relevant, important stories for middle schoolers (and their parents 🙂 ) .
She is so talented to be able to parse out how her anxiety (Guts is a memoir, of sorts) manifested when she was a young girl in 5th grade. As the book reviewer, points out it’s with few words and in a few frames of art that she can make the reader truly feel what the character (Raina) is feeling.
What I also thoroughly enjoyed was her note at the end to readers. In simple language, she talked straight to the middle school readers without a condescending tone. It was with a loving teacher-esque tone where she let them know that the story was about HER anxiety and not all anxiety looks or feels the same but what is the same is that from time to time we all have it and we usually have people around us who can help us through it.
I don’t even have anxiety now but I could feel that if I were in middle school how warm and important those words would be.
*Here is what is currently being read and I am sooooo into them:
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino is a series of essays from the writer who is now 30 and has grown up in the internet era. From AOL to blogs to social media.
After I read the first 30 pages I absolutely could not stop quoting it or going back to it to quote during conversations.
It’s practically a guide book to the internet and social media now! (the first essay, anyway)
I’m now in the middle of the second piece which is about the author’s time on reality tv. She’s looking back on it and documenting how it feels and remembering what she thought while she was in the show and what she thinks now as an adult in the “Real World” (pun intended)
*City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
I am halfway through.
This is so so entertaining. It’s witty and serious and you can tell there is perhaps something dark that is going to happen in the latter half.
*I can’t wait to get into The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.
If you haven’t picked up her others – Bel Canto, State of Wonder, Commonwealth and one of my top 3 books ever, Truth and Beauty – please stop reading this and start reading one of those!!
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship is a memoir of her friendship with Lucy Grealy, a poet and writer.
*Last week, I picked up Lady In The Lake by Laura Lippman at my local library’s book sale for $2. Lottery winner right here!
I recently heard her on the radio speaking so the multi-media experience has begun! She is a crime writer whom I have not read in the past but the NPR “sighting” coupled with my sister telling me she read the book and enjoyed it with a dash of the book appearing in my face at the book sale means — > all signs point to me reading this one soon!!