What We’re Reading This Week


The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
“I spent 12 years in Catholic School, so this is the first time I’m reading The Bell Jar. Everybody should read this book. I want everyone, men & women, to read this book so they can know how women think about sex. I’ve dog-eared about every other page so far with quotes and scenes that I want to remember.”

Where I’m Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver
“Carver is very readable and one of the most imitated writers. He still does it better than any of his followers. This is a collection of domestic stories – all taking place in living rooms, kitchens, etc. There’s always this level of tension in his stories, something deeper underneath that makes you very uncomfortable. You can read one story in 10 minutes, but it sticks with you much longer than that. Definitely a book for anyone who wants to be a writer. His stories are so economical, he packs a lot into four pages.”

The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing
“Echo Spring is a case study of six famous writers who struggled with alcoholism. Laing’s voice is excellent, and she’s an exceptional writer. The book is this combination of different perspectives. First, there’s Laing’s literary criticism of how alcoholism shows up in their writing. Second, there’s her own personal story of family members who have suffered from the disease. Lastly, there’s this tour she did of the States where she would spend time in the places where the authors would write, to reflect on their life and their craft. It’s one of those books I picked up on a whim and read it all in 2 days.”

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Lies of Loch Lamora is the book for the Ludicrous Speed Book Club for March 17 (at 7PM). This book is Ocean’s 11 meets Kill Bill meets the genre of High Fantasy. It’s about a band of thieves who call themselves the Gentlemen Bastards, and that alone is a point in this book’s favor. It starts off as a heist novel with a twist that turns it into the style of a Tarantino revenge flick. It’s fast, snappy, quick, clever and just a little twisted. Just as you start to have a feel and a connection to all the characters, he goes and kills half of them. It makes you want to reach through the pages, strangle the author and still finish the book because it’s just that good.”

Ludicrous Speed Book Club meets the third Monday of every month at 7PM. All those that attend the book clbu get 10% off their purchase of the book.

4 thoughts on “What We’re Reading This Week

  1. I tried reading The Bell Jar but I think Sylvia Plath is bad for me psychologically becaus I feel like I can relate to a lot of her writing and I get stuck in a weird funk.

    Also, I have Where I’m Calling From but I’ve never read it. I need to get around to it soon.

  2. The Bell Jar is a seriously good book, although prose is not what Sylvia made her name with. I also feel like I relate to her writing, but it is so overwhelmingly honest and stripped bare that I felt like I had a friend. It’s not for everyone, though, that’s for sure!

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