September Reads

Thursday, September 29, 2016

I said last month that I wanted to read classics during September, starting with "Little Women." As much as I wanted to like the book, I just could not get through it. I was forcing myself to read it, for two weeks, and even then, it was only a handful of pages a day. Setting a reading "theme" for the month seemed like a good idea, but it ended up feeling like an obligation. So even though I hate abandoning a book unfinished, I ditched it a quarter of the way through and read what I really wanted: The wittiness of Kelly Oxford.

She's thrown up on a Chinese deliveryman, stalked Leonardo DiCaprio, and met David Copperfield (and was convinced he's a mind-reading wizard). Oxford's book is a collection of essays, each chapter essentially standing on its own, though all with a common thread of outlandish adventure, from childhood to adulthood through parenthood.

I picked this up because I think Kelly Oxford is funny on Twitter and hilarious on Snapchat, so a book sounded promising. It's a pretty light, comical read. Personally, I love Oxford's sense of humor and delivery. She's a great storyteller, slipping in sarcasm and witty remarks that are subtle but still throw a punch.

"This is exactly what I'd wanted adulthood to be like: ideas only kids would have, but with the means of actually accomplishing those ideas."

"Life is so random. It's a fucking miracle that you're even alive and your body works minute to minute. You just have to do what makes you happy and try not to fuck with a lot of other people along the way. You know, so that when you're an old man you can look back and feel good about things."

"The best part of childhood, adulthood, and parenthood are those pure moments of bliss when you completely forget about your future and past and live in your moment."

(Those quotes don't really represent the comedy part of the book, but they stuck out to me the most, partially because of that contrast between the funny stories and the realness of life.)

Rating: 3/5

Emma Corrigan is afraid of flying. This is one of her many secrets. Others include that she might not love her long-term boyfriend, she finds G-strings uncomfortable even though she's wearing one, and she's not as pleased with her job or workplace as she wants to be. These, and many (many) more, spill out to the stranger seated next to her when the plane hits turbulence and she's convinced she's going to die. But it's okay, because it's a stranger who she'll never see again... Until she does. At her work. Where she discovers he's the founder of the company.

I've known of this book for a long time but always steered away from it because I thought it was a teen book. I don't even know why. Maybe because Kinsella also wrote "Confessions of a Shopaholic," which reminds me of "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" so my mind linked them together? Who knows. In any case, I finally read it, and it's not a teen book. The two things I like the most about this one are the unique storyline and the dialogue, both among characters and Emma's personal train of thought. It reads very realistically.

Rating: 3.5/5

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