Currently Reading #1

"A Game of Thrones"by: George R.R. Martin - To be honest, I have been reading this book for like, I don't know, 6 months now? So this one isn't just for the month of September, it's an on-going read. I tried watching the show & I had a hard time getting into it. People are incessantly bothering me to read it or watch it since everyone is in love with it. I finally broke down & decided to try to read it. I actually really like it. Nothing is keeping me from finishing this book other than my inability to only read one book at one time & because school & work keep me from reading as much as I would like to. I only have a few chapters left but have somehow misplaced the book now. I'll finish it as soon as I find it. If you had a hard time getting into the TV series, I would suggest trying to read it. If you don't like reading, don't even bother. It's long & you'll never get through it. I don't think I really need to provide a summary for what this is about as I think we all have heard of Game of Thrones. 

"Attempting Normal" By: Marc Maron - Me & my boyfriend went & saw Marc Maron live a couple of weeks ago. My boyfriend is a regular listener of his podcast & watches his comedy specials. I had never heard of / seen any of his comedy until we saw him live. His style is black comedy / satire, so I don't think it's for everyone but I thought he was really good, in a cranky old man kind of way. I am now a fan. After seeing the show, I immediately ordered his book on Amazon. It was a quick read, it only took me two days to finish it. I love to read books written by comedians (maybe I should do an entire blog post on my favorites). The book is set up in an autobiographical or memoir manner, with different chapters correlating to different times or events in his life. I laughed out loud many times while reading it. I highly recommend it!

 "The Bride Wore Size 12" By: Meg Cabot - I am always reading some fun, light-hearted "girly" novel. This is the last book in Meg Cabot's "Heather Wells" series. The books are a comedic mystery / suspense series. I won't give too much away but Heather Wells is a has-been celebrity who peaked in her teens & now works in a residence hall at a university & odd things keep happening. There's a new mystery in every book of the series. I haven't finished this particular book yet but I have been in love with the entire series so far. They are so funny & the characters are so relatable! 

"The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends & Their Meanings" By: Jan Harold Brunvand - This book was actually the textbook for a 400 level American Studies course I took a few years ago called "Urban Legends". We read excerpts from this book but not the book in it's entirety. It's a really interesting subject so I decided to pick this back up & read it through. This book touches on all of the popular & well-known urban legends - automobile legends (like the vanishing hitchhiker), teen horror legends (like the hook) & other subjects like food contamination. It attempts to break-down & analyze the original source of these legends, as well as talks about how important story-telling is culturally. It's a great read if you're into both urban legends & the analysis / critical-thinking aspect of storytelling. 

Have you read any of these books? If so, what are your thoughts? 
What have you been reading recently? I am always open to recommendations! 

- C  

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