Monday, July 2, 2012

Top 5: Reads from the Book Challenge

For the past 4 months I have been reading one book per week. Why? I have no f'ing clue. One day I was walking through Chapters before I went to a movie and thought, "Good God when is the last time I read a book?" It had been a while. I used to love reading, but between my lame day job, writing and all of the trashy TV I must keep up on, I have had no time for books.

Then I started to think about the Calgary Stampede. A very likely scenario during the 10 day gong show this year is that I will die...or go brain dead, thus never being able to read again. This kind of terrified me. So instead of doing what a normal person in that situation would do (tell themselves that they need to watch their liquor consumption during the festivities and to not do anything foolish) I panicked and bought five books.

I then told Ryan that I was going to read a book a week until the Stampede. He laughed at me and told me I was insane and could never do it. You know what happens when someone tells me I can't do something that I know I can? I must show them that is what I did.

Through hell or high water I would read those damn books if it killed me. And it almost did. And Ryan has many "F-ck you, you f-cker" texts to prove my anguish. 17 weeks later and 4 days before the potential end of my life or brain, I finished. I am pretty sure I don't need to read another book for about 5 years now.

There were some so-so books, some poorly written books, and the painful. But there were also some keepers. A few of these will almost definitely be turned into movies so for all of you illiterates - fear not, they will make them into movies, take out 45% of the goodness and you will have a vague idea of the greatness I found in the following five books.

Let's Pretend that Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
On an autobiographical level, this is the funniest thing I have ever read. It was so good that when I finished reading it I thought...why do I even try at this blogging thing when this woman is alive and tearing up the internet with her hilarity. It was devastating and glorious.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
I read it because it was touted at the 'next big thing' in book series...and I believe it. Can't wait for the final book to come out next year. (No seriously...I can't wait. I may go to Veronica Roths house and steal her current manuscript.)

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The first book that I read in the Challenge. Great. The third book was a poor excuse for an ending and had me contemplating throwing my kindle off the balcony.

I am Better Than Your Kids by Maddox
The first guy who made me laugh online...Maddox.  I had a website (not a I don't think those existed yet) when I was in high school that I posted stories and opinions to (they were all hilarious, obviously) and this was the guy who inspired my early writing days.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
This was the most interesting celebrity bio I have read. Lowe has been around forever and has an interesting insider view into the 80s and 90s Hollywood crowd, but not so big that everything in his book was old news. This was before the days of Perez documenting celebrities every move.


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