{Pre-Review} A Little Life. This Book Climbs Inside Your Head…

A little life Hanya Yanagihara

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.

Further Exploring

  • February 17, 2016 - 11:31

    Melanie - Hi, so I popped over her to say hi as I said I would. I am loving it and I have watched a couple of your videos and you are ADORABLE!

    I love a book that won’t let me go (sometimes though it is bad because I was convinced for a while that my forgetfulness is early onset Alzheimer after reading “Still Alice”). Most recently, it was Alias Grace. My husband is a huge Margaret Atwood fan, I have read some in the past but I am not that big a fan, I mean she is great and all but it’s just not normally my thing. As I want to broaden my reading this year and read stuff out of my comfort zone, I asked him to chose an Atwood novel for me. And so I read Alias Grace.

    I cannot say that I loved it, but it haunted me and I certainly wanted to keep reading. It haunted me into my dreams and it was uncomfortable and I hated all the characters, especially when they made me first feel compassion and then revealed to be really quite horrible. Ha, I need to go out more and mix with real people 🙂ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2016 - 10:51

      caroline - Melanie- I’m so happy to see you here! Thank you so much for your thoughts. I know what you mean- there have been many books that wouldn’t let me go, but they weren’t necessarily enjoyable to read. I felt that way about Wally Lamb’s first book- Come Undone, I believe it was called. It was so painful and awkward and I read it visiting a friend in London and he kept asking me to stop taking baths and reading that book since I was always in a terrible mood when I came out. So funny!

      I haven’t read much Atwood myself. I know I’ve read one or two, but it was a long time ago. I’ll have to give Alias Grace a look- perhaps we can compare notes. Anything you are loving now? Whether it’s a full-on grabber or not? xoxoReplyCancel

    • March 23, 2016 - 12:45

      caroline - Melanie! I have been to your site as well and wanted to thank you so much for your thoughts- I think I wrote you on your site, but never replied here. It’s so funny how books that grab us by the heart don’t always do the same for others. And vice versa… I cannot seem to get into Neal Stephenson even though I wish I could- I have known so many people who loved Quicksilver and I could just not get through it. Have you ever tried it? Many hugs from here.ReplyCancel

  • March 11, 2016 - 16:45

    {Reader's Life} Comfort Reads - the book dr. - […] I read Proust and I liked it. Yes I chewed my way though A Little Life‘s 800 pages like a maniac. But here’s what […]ReplyCancel

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