“To say I’m an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair.” –Tina Fey


I’m not exactly an erudite reader at the best times. When I get overwhelmed with work, I get even more pedestrian with my choices. So, don’t expect to be wowed by this list. However, I have found them all to be fun escapes over these past few months:

1. Night Film by Marisha Pessl (who is from Asheville)

This one is a suspense which reminds me of House of Leaves, even though I’ve never read House of Leaves. It’s a bit mindless (if I were to focus too much I think I may not enjoy the book), but I’ve enjoyed it. Plus, when I pick it up before bedtime I enjoy singing, “Reading my Night Film” just like Tina Fey sings, “Working on my Night Cheese”:

2. Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A couple of Sundays ago, I saw Jayward post this picture on ye olde’ Facebook with the caption, “Stuff White People Like”
And I thought, “That’s what I forgot to blog about!”

Then, I read the comments where a bunch of ladies my age raved about loving it after being disappointed by Tartt’s previous effort “The Little Friend.” So, at least I fit my demographic well because this is the best book I have read in a while. I found myself reading slower than normal (and slower than I really wanted to) just to stretch the experience out. The book is over 750 pages so wishing it was even lengthier is quite the statement, especially since I also found the book to be an emotional workout. The characters frustrated me to such extremes that I found myself so tired after some chapters that I just had to put the book down to recalibrate. I just wanted to shake the main character (SHAKE HIM LIKE A BRITISH NANNY.)


3. After Goldfinch, it took me a few days to pick up another book. I moved on to Helen Oyeyemi’s “Mr. Fox.” (She has a new one that’s just out, “Boy, Snow, Bird” but I figured I would start with this one first.) It is good, but kind of insane. The storyline is so crazy I’m worried about the fragility of my mental state once I have endured the entire book. But the cover is pretty awesome:


4.  Next up on my list is Gabrielle Zevin’s, “Storied Life of AJ Fikry” which I am super excited about.


5. I’m open to suggestions for more! Anything you have read recently that you just adored?

1 comment to “To say I’m an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair.” –Tina Fey

  • Cicely

    I’ve been listening to nothing but audiobooks lately, too busy playing candy crush to read a real book! My favorite recent is Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which you’ve probably already read. I also really enjoyed The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1). And Crazy Rich Asians was a book I actually read last summer, it was good easy reading.