Attachments

Attachments - Rainbow Rowell I absolutely devoured this book today after finishing Fangirl last night; Rainbow Rowell is well on her way to being one of my all-time favorite authors! Her dialogue is spot on & her characters are just SO witty and likeable... seriously, I think I was in love with both Lincoln and Beth by the end (I was in serious denial that an end was in sight, even as I saw the loose ends being tied up and pages dwindling. It was one of those books where I just want to stay inside the narrator's head forever.) She perfectly captures the subtle, loveable amount of crazy found in every family and builds sincere connections between all of her characters.

All Families are Psychotic

All Families are Psychotic - Douglas Coupland

Ugh, I hate doing this, but I put it down and I just can't bring myself to pick it back up. Most of that's due to a few newer books that I'm just more excited about at present.

*edit* I finally finished this on vacation. To be honest the last third or so kind of drug out in a way that I hated, with the story getting more and more fanciful as it went on. I get building to a climax, I do... but the payoff just wasn't there. Overall, it really really wasn't bad (I'm worried my review seems harsh!) it was just too much. On the definite plus side, Coupland's dark humor and witticism shines through, as always.

Prozac Nation

Prozac Nation - Elizabeth Wurtzel All I can say is that I wish I had read this book before I saw the movie - I couldn't separate the two in my mind, and sadly that ruined a few major parts.

Aside from that, I found myself relating to several predicaments, however I felt some of it was a little embellished and less than believable for something posing as a memoir.

Hard Love

Hard Love - Ellen Wittlinger

When I was 16-ish this book made me want to start up a zine. I made two whole editions with a few friends and called it quits. Who the fuck even wants to read the narcissistic ramblings of a couple of teenagers who think they're so much more "well-informed" (wink, wink, E&M) than the general populace? It's somewhat inspiring, but totally just a nostalgia for that time-period, like people who still like & listen to Nirvana, I could never bring myself to re-read this even if I wanted to. Not that I'd ever want to...

Downtown Owl

Downtown Owl - Chuck Klosterman This is a BEAUTIFUL example of modern gothic literature. I was sucked in to this book each time I read it; making connections with multiple characters. I couldn't ask for more from the ending - I cried and yet rejoiced at the same time.

Read this on a cold rainy day and be prepared to fall in love with it :)

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps - WritersCorps, Nikki Giovanni, Bill Aguado, Richard Newirth 1/2 of this anthology is exactly what you would expect...
but the other 1/2 isn't completely terrible - I guess.

The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs From Punk to the Present

The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs From Punk to the Present - Scott Plagenhoef, Ryan Schreiber

All the bands I expected to see on this list are on this list, with very few surprises. I was a bit taken aback by the level of pretentiousness and elitism, who would ever have expected such a thing from pitchfork?   ... oh wait.

Morrissey

Morrissey - Rogan Johnny, Rogan Johnny

FANTASTIC breakdown of Morrissey's songs, giving lots of juicy little factoids for all those crazed fans who pride themselves in knowing the most obsolete Moz trivia... AKA, all of his fans, am I right?

Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance

Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance - Johnny Rogan

Often times... Er, all the time...  this account of what supposedly happened between Morrissey and Johnnny Marr is overly wordy and it probably contradicts itself a dozen times over. It's worth a read, but have at least a tablespoon of salt on hand to take it with.

Saint Morrissey: A Portrait of This Charming Man by an Alarming Fan

Saint Morrissey: A Portrait of This Charming Man by an Alarming Fan - Mark Simpson simpson's tongue-in-cheek writing style is perfect for a biography on morrissey, no really, PERFECT. in discussing all of morrissey's idols you can certainly tell he is one of simpson's and a biography written by a rabid fan is much better than one simply written by a music critic.

most of my 13 page senior paper "The Influences and Influence of Morrissey" was comprised of quotes from the pages of this book - it's a quick & easy go-to guide for important morrissey thoughts on most big issues.

overall, i would call this a good "crash-course" intro to morrissey and his ideals!

Hairstyles of the Damned (Punk Planet Books)

Hairstyles of the Damned (Punk Planet Books) - Joe Meno

This book reminds me entirely too much of one of my best friendships from back in high school, right down to the soundtrack. Naturally that means I formed quite the attachment to the characters and I really didn't want it to end... Much like said friendship. But, that's life I s'pose.

Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas

Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas - Chuck Klosterman obviously i loved this, because it involves 2 of my favorite things in the world: klosterman, and morrissey <3

Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story - Chuck Klosterman

As much as I typically don't enjoy "road narratives," (cough, Kerouac, cough) I found this to be absolutely fantastic. Granted, it's Chuck Klosterman, so I expected as much. Actually, I might have underestimated the power of this book going into it. Some of the events it covers I didn't care that much for, but others were very near & dear to me - such as visiting the Buddy Holly crash site. I also tend enjoy the tender morbidity of facing one's mortality... That's normal though, right?

Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota

Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota - Chuck Klosterman

Okay, for as much as I love C.K. I just could NOT get into this book. I guess it's the whole "not giving a fuck about heavy metal and/or North Dakota" bit that did it... 

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto - Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman is a pop (sub)culture GOD. Period.