Reading + Snacking: Small Fry

What’s better than coffee?

Taiwanese Boba – Pearl Milk Tea (with a brown sugar twist). It’s ridiculous how people (people are people and I am people) associate it with a “younger crowd”. I’m 37 this year and I drink it like I’m 17. Screw people!

A brilliant afternoon with my Kindle and one of my minions (not pictured).

Currently (still) reading: Small Fry by LBJ.

#LMFAO: Dispatches From The Other Side

Saw this today. It’s not funny. I’m not saying it’s funny. Because it’s not. Okay FFS. OF COURSE IT IS FUNNY!!! It is somewhat difficult for a nonfiction me (you see, I’m not even saying ‘nonfiction readers’) to comprehend it because I am people. And people are people, and people are mean pricks.

I have read quite a shelf full of distressing reads (FGM, torture, famine, rape, execution, you know, stuff that makes the world go around in circles). But to beg ask for books to emotionally destroy me would be quite, morbid. Sadistic, even.

The irony is – If that question came out of my mouth, I’d be damned. Especially if it’s in a nonfiction group. But of course, we’ll never be able bring ourselves to ask such a question. It’ll unlikely cross most of our minds to phase it that way, I reckon. Can you imagine people racing to recommend nonfiction five star reads that are emotionally destroying? That’s kinda f*cking, weird f*cked-up, no?

FFS, stop making fun of fiction, you mean prick!

But, wait. Nonfiction has been similarly mocked as boring as f*ck and prudish so let me have my I-am-superior post day, okay?

Without further mockery, let me think of imagine an emotionally destroying read for this young lady…

Okay. How about this: A chicklit (duh), where Barney’s goes bankrupt, the entire 5th Avenue is sold to a real estate tycoon who wishes to turn it into Wall Street #2, make-ups are banned across the bloody world, and the leading dashing and dapper bloke Ryan Reynolds look-alike marries the antagonist b*tch? Perhaps that would emotionally destroy this reader.

Nah. I gotta try harder next time.

p.s. This mean prick (yours truly, who else) will attempt to leave this group the minute a similar post pops up. But seriously, I still think I am having too much fun… So…

When People…

… in a general book group ask for book recommendations ‘that make them cry at the end’,

For example,

Sometimes I honestly just want to kick myself. How can I ENJOY books that absolutely rip my heart into pieces??? I hate crying, but oh boy, I’m extremely satisfied when a book makes me cry until my face hurts!

Feel free to recommend such books!

I wonder, as a nonfiction reader, if it is appropriate to recommend books that do make you ‘cry at the end’… Holocaust, journalists killed in conflict zones, memoirs about drugs and abandonment, escaping human trafficking, et cetera.

When people…

When people..

When people.

Just, people.

Because, people are people… And I am people, so since people are people, would it make me an asshole to suggest those reads?

The answer is yes, especially when you are responding to a question like the above. Obviously that person is asking for fiction. Why would you burst that person’s ‘need to cry now’ bubble by recommending something really sad?

Don’t do it.