The Wisdom Whatleys, party of four
Whoops, it’s been awhile! But with the start of the new semester, it’s been a little crazy. Then there’s this little thing that happened:
I’m pregnant! I’m thirteen weeks now, so I’m finally out of the first trimester and am looking forward to the energy spike everyone says is coming. I’ve spent the last two months of school falling asleep in various places as I’ve tried to work, including at my desk in front of my computer, my hands still on the keyboard. This semester, the big project is the critical thesis, and I’ve just sent off the first draft. I’ve enjoyed the critical work, but I’m ready to get back to the creative work…I’m also ready to have the energy for creative work. In between the sleeping and the nausea and the crying at dog food commercials, I didn’t get any creative work done this last month. I’m guessing that having to work around my body’s schedule and write only when I could, rather than when I wanted to, will be good preparation for having to work around a little one’s schedule come March. It’s exciting and scary all at the same time!
So my life lately has included a lot of Netflix (in addition to crying at dog food commercials, I also cried in every episode of Mad Men and the last ten minutes of The Killing...I'll love you forever, Holder), but I’ve been reading too! I won’t do a full blog post for these few books, but here’s a peek into what I’ve been reading:
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
My critical thesis began as an exploration into contemporary fairy tales and fables, so obviously Aimee Bender, a master of fabulism, belonged on my list, but I quickly realized that I needed to narrow my scope just to fairy tales, and then I wanted to use her retelling of “Donkeyskin,” called “The Color Master,” but then I had to edit that out of this draft too. BUT if you like stories that are a little quirky and super smart with a touch of the fabulous, please check out Aimee Bender. Also I discovered that she teaches a course on fairy tales that is pretty much exactly my critical thesis! So maybe I’m not breaking any new ground here, but guys, Aimee Bender and I thought about the same things. Be my friend, Aimee!
The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
My love for this trilogy is no secret, and I plan on blogging about this book specifically in its own post. Maybe it was the hormones, but I was so sad when the book was over that I cried for longer than I should have. Long live Fillory!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I should have added Neil Gaiman to my list of authors I should have read but haven’t. But now I have! This was my first foray into Gaimanland, and while I enjoyed this book quite a bit, I didn’t love it. This book did, however, make it into my critical thesis, so I’m sure Neil would be very honored.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
I’m actually in the middle of this, and I’ll be honest: I’m not loving it. I really want to love it! I really admire his skill and the structure is super cool too, so it’s just a matter of personal opinion. I wasn’t into the first story at all, and I was slightly more into the next one, and my interest increased as we got farther into the future, but now I have to go back in time because, for those of you are unfamiliar with the novel’s structure, the book begins in the 1800s and moves forward until the middle of the book, and then it moves backward again, so that it ends once more with the 1800s story. But I have a history of not knowing how much I like a book until it’s over, so I’ll reserve judgment until then. J
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
I just decided this is going to get its own post too!
The People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
My one recent foray into nonfiction. This is a pretty unbelievable story about a young woman who disappears while working as a hostess in Japan. Parry delves into the seedy side of Tokyo, the bizarre world of hostessing, and Japan’s complicated legal system. If you, like me, are slightly obsessed with the TV channel Investigation Discovery, this, my friend, is the book for you.