You Are What You Read: Banshee Edition

Welcome to "You Are What You Read" or "Sweetney is So Full of Awesome Ideas That I Stole One With Reckless Abandon." (Seriously, go check her lists out. Full of awesome.) Anyway, she describes this study as such:

I suppose you could say that I look upon people’s choices in
literature, film, and music as unguarded glimpses into their identity,
into what makes them tick and how their mind works — as small but
telling artifacts of the true unfiltered self, if you will.

…Following the train of thinking described above, what might
one presume from my selections about me, I wonder?

This is a peek at the books I am currently reading. Books. Plural. What, you read, like, ONE at a time? You crazy. Or…me crazy. One of those. So get out your DSM IV and feel free to diagnose my psychoses based on my reading materials. You know you want to.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

You know, this little book no one’s heard about. I read it the day it came out, of course, in a frenzy to get through it, but now I’m going back and reading it again. The cat, however, is ingesting it one nibble at a time whilst I slumber.

The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth Century Literary Imagination


I have been trying to get through this 700+ page book for YEARS. Described as a testimony that the 1970s was a time to realize that in 19th century lit by female writers "the personal was the political, the sexual was the textual." It’s dense as George W Bush, but great in snippets. Which is probably why I’m about 1/3 of the way through it six years after purchase. I almost named this blog after this book.

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague


It’s about the Plague. Do I need any other reason? Okay, it’s a really GOOD book about the Plague, and the panic that arises in a remote village in England. Very engrossing. And? It’s about the PLAGUE. Woo!

The Nasty Bits


I do not make my rabid love for Bourdain a secret by any means. This isn’t as cohesive a narrative as "Kitchen Confidential," but the bits and pieces that accompany his masterpiece. (YES, I said MASTERPIECE. You wanna fight about it?)

Whew. Ok, that’s it. Man, I need more books. I have absolutely nothing to read. Ooooh, I haven’t read "Twilight" yet…Better pick that up. I mean, I hate it when I have NOTHING TO READ.




You Are What You Read: Banshee Edition — 7 Comments

  1. How odd. I was just debating last night if my next book was going to be to reread Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or to read Something Else.
    (I ended up opting for Something Else, but the Potter re-read will be happening soon.)

  2. Don’t just get Twilight, get New Moon and Eclipse while you’re there. Cos once you start you won’t be able to stop. I read all 570+ pages of New Moon in less than 24 hours! (BTW: new Moon is a bit slow until a little more than half-way through, but the ending is AWESOME!).
    Anthony Bourdain is so my older chain-smoking, man-chef, ex-junkie, fantasy man. mmm…
    BTW: Found your through MamaPop, totally dig ur blog!

  3. The Madwoman in the Attic would be an awesome blog name.
    I also read several books at a time. I don’t think it’s crazy at all. Hey, did anyone just see that thing crawl across the screen? Just me?

  4. Personally, I cannot read more than one book at a time because I must keep up with my National Geographic, Dog Fancy, and Journal of Mammalogy subscriptions (go ahead, laugh it up). However, I like to read a healthy mix, alternating classic and modern fiction. Here is a snippet from the past few month: the 3 musketeers, casino royale, arabian night, snow crash, neuromancer (and a few other william gibson works)the first horseman (about the Spanish flu… very plaguey but with added grossness) starship troopers etc.

  5. Oh my God, OH MY GOD, OH MAH GAWD!!!
    I’m so glad you know “The Madwoman in the Attic”! It can get a little nerdy but the theories are wonderful! Did you read my paper, about the Madwoman in the Attic Moves Downstairs!!?!? You can read it on .pdf from my site. Oh hooray for English Majors!!

  6. Sometimes when I read more than one book at once, I confuse the characters in my head. It’s annoying, but I still read multiple things at once.
    Also, I tagged you for a meme! You don’t hafta if you don’t wanna, I’ll still love ya!

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