Saturday, February 18, 2012

Day 09 – A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving:

Let's not & say we did experience: Extremely Difficult.

I don't normally read books unless I want to, even-pathetically-school textbooks were quite enjoyable for me. And I am probably to only person in the world who gets excited about reading 1924 circa encyclopedia's.
Anyhow, one book does come to mind. Plays It As It Lays, was an emotional whirlwind of a read that I had been putting off for some time, so while on vacation in Oak Beach, Long Island I packed the book and was determined to read it. I did and it left me utterly breathless, the words were brutally honest, thought invoking and intoxicating. A beautifully frigid portrayal of an era of women oppression, break through modernist movements, and a woman's bitter wit. I had never fully enjoyed a book so much that I was oblivious to the weather around me. 

One day while reading this lovely book out on the weatherworn deck of our friend's house I was so immersed into the story that I hadn't realized it had started to rain, twenty minutes later, my coffee is cold, my Grandma and Uncle are ready to go sightseeing and reminiscing and I am soaking wet the pages of Play It As It Lays warped through to the spin. Later when I was back home, in my small desert town I took my flat-iron to the book. Because that is the only reason I ever use the thing now! For flattening warped book pages. Do not ask for my reasoning on this subject, I fear my mind has left me little of it. 
During this vacation this book sparked inspiration that thrived off of my Grandma's life story and I had a new book to start writing, of course me being the me that I am, decided that not bringing my laptop was far better than risking it getting stolen on the plane. Don't ask for my knowledge behind this...So what do I do, I go long-handed cursive on the story boiling inside me and buy a yellow 50 cent spiral bound notebook. 
Play It As It Lays invoked so much inspiration! I would recommend this book for anyone who has writer's block or just anyone who likes historical novels, the way it is written makes you think that the chapters are really just craftily rephrased dairy pages.

This is just a snippet of the review to come. Stay tuned.


  1. Hi! I wanted to let you know that I've tagged your blog in a book tag. Stop by my blog to see what it's all about! : )

  2. Aw thanks I'm going to head over there now.

  3. Oh wow - that sounds fantastic! To be honest, it doesn't sound like something I'd usually enjoy either, but I guess that I may be like you and surprisingly enjoy it! I could do with some inspiration :)

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    1. It is a really good book, blunt though. Not really young adult but still amazing.

  4. Utterly breathless? I love that description.

  5. This is lovely! I have read both of Joan Didion's memoirs and loved them but I have never adventured toward her fiction. Now I have a good place to start. Thank you!


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