Confessions of a Serial Reader

Sometimes I finish one book and go right onto the next without hesitation or thought. Sometimes I stop a book in the middle so I can reread one that I love to pieces or discover love for a new book that I know I can’t wait to read. Sometimes I make lists of books I think everyone should read then I realize how my tastes in books is an acquired taste (sometimes). Sometimes I browse the Independent Reader section in hopes of gems I may have missed in my youth when I was not quite the avid reader. (Phantom Tollbooth, Ella Enchanted, I’m looking at you). Sometimes I go through all of my shelves and purge the books I know I won’t reread, I won’t lend out and I won’t miss, not really, at least no eventually. Sometimes I ache for a feeling, a recognition and I search out isles looking at titles, first pages and front covers. Sometimes I get unreasonably mad at characters and unhappy endings. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t read a certain book, only so I could read it again for the first time and feel the same wonder and excitement. Sometimes I read blogs by authors I adore just to feel close to them. Sometimes I search authors’ names on Amazon in search of books that have yet to come out. Sometimes I stand in the fiction section and imagine my name on a book just where my name would be. Sometimes I search for boys online solely based on their book preferences in their profiles. Sometimes I recognize potential friends by their ability to love a book I adore. Sometimes I sleep with books beneath my pillow, wishing their magic would seep into my dreams. Sometimes I browse the “summer reading” section for classics new and old. Sometimes I search for book loving blogs and blog loving books and blogs that write about books. Sometimes I blog about reading.

Things I Love Thursday

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It’s my weekly love-list. Inspired by Gala Darling. Recognizing things you love is guaranteed to make you feel good.

♥ March
♥ My bridesmaids dress for Shaylin’s wedding.
♥ Convincing Kristen to try Zumba with me

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♥ Autumn butternut and goat cheese pizza
♥ Adding movies to my Netflix queue
♥ New hair cut! (And my awesome hairdresser, Ashley who’s also my brother’s friend…)

♥ A four pound weight loss (even though it was mostly countering the gain from last week)
Lemony Flutter by Lush. It’s great on my feet. And lips. And cuticles.
♥ Texts in the AM hoping I’m having a great day
♥ Reading. (But this is always a given anyway…)
♥ The fact that it isn’t DARK outside when I leave work at 5:15

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♥ Recommending books to people, it makes me so happy, especially since 90% of the books I read are Young Adult and that clearly isn’t everyones favourite.

What do you love today?
xo,
Melanie Kristy

The Frenzy

By Francesca Lia Block

When Liv was thirteen years old her mother came home with a wolf she shot. Liv’s immediate anger could not be controlled, she lashed out then ran into the woods and since that day she hasn’t felt the same. Four years later, Liv is dating the love of her life, but pretending to date her gay best friend into in order to limit questions and appease her family. Everything seems like it’s for a show. She’s on Lexapro and pops Xanax when she feels the need to calm anxiety that will lead to a burst of anger that she fears will cause her to freak out like she did when she was thirteen. But things start to change that she can’t ignore, there have been murders in the woods, she’s seen a few faces that she doesn’t recognise staring at her and now Pace, her best friend, isn’t acting like himself.  When Liv finally finds out who she really is, her world isn’t made simpler, in fact the complexities are enough to tear her apart.

 

When I finished reading The Frenzy, my first real thought was, “Finally, a complete story.” I hate to even have those thoughts, I’ve been so loyal to Francesca Lia Block the entire time I’ve been reading her that it pains me to even think her incapable of writing something amazing. Her prose is always amazing, and her words are lush with description. She writes about food you wish you were eating, songs you were you were listening to and places you wish you could go to while you read. Unfortunately I have felt like some of her latest works were lacking; they felt incomplete or just too short.

 

So I went into reading The Frenzy prepared to be disappointed. I admit to having read a couple of reviews on Amazon before I received my own copy. Some reviews claimed the novel too short and seriously lacking. I’m happy to report that I did not find the novel either of those things (except seriously lacking in food creative descriptions!). Sure, it was short. At 276 pages, The Frenzy is smaller than “normal” sized novels, and the words don’t take up as much of the page. But at the same time, it is much longer than Waters & The Wild and Pretty Dead (probably combined, though that’s only an estimate). What’s important is that, despite the “shortness” of the novel, when you finish it feels complete. Sure it was a little predictable, but reading a Francesca Lia Block novel isn’t always about what happens. It’s about how you get there and how her words make you feel like you are part of something much larger than the world around you.

 

If you want to read the first fifty pages of The Frenzy, click below. Let me know what you think!


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