I keep having these plans to get up at 6am and write reviews for all of you. I hit snooze once at 6am, I won’t lie. But I get up. I even brought my laptop upstairs so I could write in our sunny sitting room with the dog.
But then I pick up A Little Life, and all that goes away.
I am learning all the rules I have inside my head lately- that I can only review a book once I have finished reading it. That I have to review the books I have read recently before I can write about the one I am reading now.
Who says? Apparently I do, but I am fighting that urge today. I haven’t written a thing all week because all I want to think about is Hanya Yanagihara’s book, A Little Life.
I wake up, and I want to read it. I sneak off to lunch with it at work. Sometimes I fantasize about bringing my Kindle to the bathroom at work for a reading tryst. What would people say? (**UPDATE: as of Thursday afternoon I have not yet taken the Kindle to the bathroom. But I have thought about it several times.)
As a reader, don’t you live for these books? The ones that take over completely. The ones that insist that you read them rather than do anything else. I am so grateful this one is long. I get some time with a book that’s over 700 pages. I’m barely a third of the way in and I just want to eat it alive. And, at the same time, I don’t want it to end.
It’s so rare to have a book of that heft just float by. Granted, having it out of the library on Kindle helps since hauling around the hardback or even the paperback edition that just came out would be a workout. I might want to have the physical book in the house anyway. But right now, I’m glad to be able to sneak it with me in my purse.
This is my pre-review. My appetizer of the book as it stands 200 pages in. The characters are so real, and the story so rich, even though it’s just about four guys and their lives as they move from their 20s into their 30s. The beauty of the writing is that in being about something that could be so trivial, it’s really about being human. I may sound like a lunatic, but it’s going in the next 52 Books eBook. I know that even at this stage.
Please tell me. Share in the comments or on FB or email me. I’m going to need a consolation book when this one ends.