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by Emma on September 8, 2010

in Books

I was just looking at a few of my old book posts (yeah, I’m that kind of blogger. embarrassing) and I really didn’t do so well this month. I usually read twice this much. It doesn’t really matter, but it’s just funny. I really was busy, and I thought I might be making it all up:)


This was such a good read. I had never read a book by this author before, and although I guess this novel technically falls within the genre of science fiction I feel it ought to just be called good classic literature. It’s very quiet and melancholy, and yes it has a sort of dark secret you learn as you read but that’s’ not really the point. At the heart of this novel is the relationship between three friends who grow up together. And the setting, their home, nearly becomes a character in itself because of how deeply it shapes all the students who lived there. And it deals with the reality that each of the main characters are sort of destined for a certain fate which they cannot escape. Perhaps we all are. The book also raises a lot of questions with regard to humanity and who we allow into that club. It’s quite fascinating, I was smitten.

Also they are making a movie out it too. So that’s got to prove it’s good, right? :)

What can I say? I love me some David Sedaris. He is witty and smart and at the same time oh-so unpretentious. This was a much earlier book of his than the last one I read. And I have to be honest and say I prefer his later work, I only like the stories from his life. It’s not that I don’t feel he can write well as a fictional character, but I guess I just like David, so it holds more interest for me. His perspective and view of the world are so funny and have so much truth behind their hilarity that I just adore his stories from his life.

I am, apparently, a very picky fan. Which doesn’t seem fair. But there it is.

What have you been reading this month?



Sarah m September 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I L-O-V-E David Sedaris. I am pretty sure I’ve read all his books, though his last two I didn’t like as much as Me Talk Pretty One Day and Holidays on Ice. Those are laugh out loud funny!
He came to my university when I was attending and my husband and I (and the entire auditorium) were laughing for 2 hours straight. He is much shorter in real life than you think :)
Sarah M

Hannah B. September 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm

*Love* David Sedaris! If you get a chance to see him live, I highly recommend it! Also, he is releasing a new book at the end of this month. It’s not going to be about his life tho :/ It’s going to be human stories but with animal characters (like a squirrel & a chipmunk that fall in love) Ha!

Megan September 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I agree with you on David Sedaris – I infinitely prefer real David stories, too! He *is* really fantastic live. I’ve been to two of his readings and they are nights I’ll never forget. He patiently waits hours to talk to everybody who lines up and I got a great autograph in my copy of Naked: “Methinks you fine and fancy, too!” (He asked what my favorite chapter was – the one where he speaks Elizabethan English for an entire summer… the best)

Jenny September 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I finished “1964″ this past month and now I am on to “Brave New World.” Both books have different takes on how this world could end up. Quite interesting and thought provoking.

Kat September 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

“Never Let Me Go” is one of my favorite books. Soooo good.

Jessica September 9, 2010 at 2:52 am

Im not surprised you havent read so much this month, you seem to have worked your ass off. The Never let me go trailer is on UTube and I think from the looks of it they have captured the atmosphere of the book perfectly.

Martina September 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

i am so thankful for this blog post! i have to read kazuo ishiguro for my literature degree in like…a month. and i wasnt sure about it but your approval is usually a good sign! thank youuu :)

Emily September 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my favorite authors! I love “Remains of the Day.” I can’t wait to read “Never Let Me Go.” I always stick your book review on my wish list on amazon, you make some great suggestions.

christina alessi September 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Hooray a fellow book nerd!
I have two recommendations for you. Both are actually food related:
1. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
A lovely novel kind of in the science fictiony vein. Kind of.
2. I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris
David Sedaris’ sister is just as insane as he is. I don’t think I need to even say anymore.

Bekka September 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Seeing as how I haven’t read anything this month (well, except for my zombie comic book…lol), I’d say you’re doing pretty great! I did pick up a book on clearance that looked interesting. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. I usually don’t buy books on a whim without recommendation, but it looked interesting, and it was $1. :)

Lauren September 11, 2010 at 1:23 am

Never Let Me Go is my all time favorite book! I always recommend it to everyone, but no one ever reads it. I would consider it to be “literary fiction”, and I think it’s technically more dystopian than sci-fi.