Books I’ve Been Reading
Here’s the latest installment of what I’ve been reading, plus a new weekly playlist brought to you by me and my homegirl Jenn! xo
“Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own” by Kate Bolick
I looooved this book! I wanted to tell everyone I knew to read it, whether single, married, childless, moms – whatever. I felt so incredibly inspired after reading it and I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but I guess it’s refreshing to know that women through the decades have struggled with the same questions that I do. I’ve always wanted to be independent, and it’s been a struggle to find my place in a relationship and still feel like I have my own sense of self. This book made me want to refocus on my first love – writing – and really inhabit myself in a way I don’t always aspire to. If you’ve got any interest in learning about five unconventional women from history, reading memoirs, or the female experience in general, this one is essential. I literally wanted to highlight the entire book.
“I was most alive when alone, negotiating odd encounters on the subway, surging along the sidewalk with a million faceless others. It was an expansive sensation, evasive, addictive. Each morning I rushed from the apartment to find it, as if late for an appointment.”
“As she became an adult, whether by intention or instinct, she simply neglected to put her desires on a shelf, and she kept living as she always had, which is to say fully, and without deference to convention. This embrace of possibility, and willingness to improvise rather than “nail down” a life, discomfits and disrupts now as much as it did then.”
“In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume
Reading this book was like coming home to an old friend. The writing was so familiar: I basically grew up with Judy Blume as a second mom, teaching me everything I needed to know about navigating those tough adolescent issues. I had forgotten how simple her writing style is, yet she still manages to convey the complexities of the human condition. This book explores three plane crashes that really happened in New Jersey and imagines the effects they may have had on the residents of the town.
“She wasn’t going to tell that sometimes she tossed and turned all night. Sometimes she woke up tired. Life felt harder than it ever had before. Sometimes she felt angry, frustrated, often sad. She thought being in love could cure anything but she was finding out that wasn’t always true.”
“Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll
This book is surprisingly good, in a really shocking and somewhat tense way. It really took me back to junior- and high-school and reminded me just how cruel kids can be and how badly you want to blend in. I really identified with the narrator and how she’s worked really hard to become something she wanted to be when she was younger, but now that she’s attained it, she’s not sure if she’s really happy.
“Sometimes, a momentary truce in girlhood is much more precious than a guy you really like asking you out, sticking around even after he got the milk for free.”
“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
Everyone raved about this book, but I much preferred “Luckiest Girl Alive” to this one. I felt like it had potential and was good about 3/4 of the way through, but the ending was a letdown for me. I think it would make a good movie, but it almost seemed like the author was writing it so it would be turned into a movie, and not adding enough complexity for it to be a really good book. Overall, it was an okay read. It took me only a couple of days to read it – the story focuses on an alcoholic woman in London who becomes obsessed and entangled with a couple she sees everyday from her train ride.
“Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps. All these things I know, but I don’t say them out loud, not now.”
Listening Party!: Nic x Yen
Me & my friend Jenn have gotten together to pick some of our current favorite songs, so I’ll be sharing these on the blog too. Click here to listen on Spotify!
- “Shucks” – Dungeonesse
- “Name on a Matchbook” – Springtime Carnivore
- “Cherry” – Chromatics
- “A Teenager in Love” – The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
- “Baby” – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
- “Way to be Loved” – TOPS
- “Since I Left You” – The Avalanches
- “Clair de Lune” – Flight Facilities & Christine Hoberg