Growing up I was a voracious reader. My mother says that I taught myself to read at a very young age. When I was little, and my older brother and sister were home a lot, I would hide away and read my books over and over again. Sometimes I would check out books from the library. I remember being very happy with autobiographies on Martin Luther King and Albert Einstein. I would read assigned school books, and even my text books if I couldn't satisfy myself with the same old reading.
When I was a little older, and my older brother and sister were out with their friends and the house was quiet, I would still hide away in my room, but with only one book at a time. I really read everything I could get my hands on. I read my mother's copy of the Oedipus trilogy. I read my grandmother's copy of Little Women--which she was hesitant to let me borrow, because it was very old. And I would even steal my big brother's Playboy magazines, because I really did love the articles.
Now, though, with a pandemic, and two kids, and so much noise I could scream and no one would even look up, it's very hard to find the headspace to read in. I haven't read a lot of books (including a few short stories out of a Stephen King book that is gathering dust on my shelf). My kids, on the other hand, don't need a quiet or calm to read and have been reading a lot during our isolation. Which... good for them, but I'm really jealous.
These are the last three books I've read:
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix - This is a good fiction book for people who enjoy kitschy horror, like me. It's the story of two girls in a private, religious high school who are of very different dispositions, but art best friends. (Cliché, but make it cute.) Anyway, the rich one becomes possessed by a demon and drama ensues. I really enjoyed it. Music is its own character in this book as well. It is set in the 80's after all.
The Lady From the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara - This one was recommended by a friend on instagram. It's the non-fiction book about the woman responsible for designing the costume from The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Milicent Patrick. As a woman this story really resonated with me. Milicent was used for her talents and quickly discarded when she started making headlines, stealing the spotlight away from her hissy-fit-throwing, man-child boss.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid- A fictional Drama, Daisy Jones and the Six, tells the story of a young, raw talent and her entanglement with the lead singer of a band called The Six in the 1970's. A story we all love to hear, but with a fresh, new perspective. It reads like a magazine interview and somehow still made me very emotional. This one is being turned into a series on Amazon. I'd recommend getting a copy beforehand so you can compare/contrast. I personally can't wait to see the costumes.
What are you reading these days?
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