April 14th, 2016

book talk // lukewarm feels.

I am a committed and monogamous book reader. I pick up one book at a time and devote myself fully to it.

In the past, I have trudged through every book I picked up, determined to reach the conclusion because it simply HAS to be worth the time I put in. Right?

Well, as it turns out, that is not always the case. So, I have started putting them down. Although I remain committed to only one story, my DNF pile is growing. Admittedly, it is comprised mostly of YA that has failed to hold my attention — but still, there exist books compelling enough to propel me toward an ending without producing any profound feelings or considerations on my behalf (beyond, perhaps, boredom or vague annoyance).

Thus, I have compiled a brief list of lukewarm books that I’ve still read to completion, so far this year, complete with (very brief) summaries / ratings of each.

  The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelly Rowley

Summary: Privileged white girls in New York have some serious first world problems, mostly involving relationships. They need things like life coaches and green juice to supplement their shared penthouse and Ivy League educations. Both of them have jobs they happen to love. One of the boys they like is a photographer who is trying to find his way after inventing an app that transposes poetry quotes over Instagram images, the other is a rich, older hotel entrepreneur who’s finally ready to settle down. There’s a fleeting connection to birds. I was not impressed.

Rating: 2/5 — plus one star because the cover is really pretty

  Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Summary: Carrie Brownstein’s (Sleater-Kinney guitarist / Portlandia creator) memoir. This memoir was very much of a place and time that I narrowly missed due to the year of my birth. I liked the writing, but I did not connect to the subject matter (more music history / personal musical journey, less Portlandia).

Rating: 3/5 — I wanted to like it more.

  The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

Summary: Very Star-Trek-esque in that a human arrives on another planet in an attempt to gain the trust of the alien lifeforms and wants them to join a federation of planets. The alien planet is really cold — both the environment and the hospitality. The aliens can choose and change their gender, an obvious social commentary. Le Guin’s writing style did not particularly endear her world to me. Some of the details were confusing and the passage of time moved (arguably) too quickly.

Rating: 3/5 — Because I love exploratory sci-fi and I would probably read something else by her.