My reading speed is seriously slowing down over the last few months, which ha a lot to do with driving instead of taking public transport and the fact that I am currently, and rather stupidly, reading six books. Which of course means I am close to finishing none of them! There’s some I’ve been reading on and off for about a year so I am really trying to get them finished before the new year, fingers crossed! I finished four his month, however I only have 3 to hand, these are:
Kafka aficionado Sydney, and his wife Linda, are visited by the long-dead Kafka and his friend Max Brod. Kafka’s wish is for anonymity and he also has serious issues with his father. When his parent turns up, he is in possession of a very personal secret relating to his son, one, which Kafka is terrified he will disclose…
Each Alan Bennett play I read gets a bit better! I didn’t think the book would actually be about Kafka’s Dick and yet somehow it was. It was a mixture of wity, smart and juvenile, Bennett’s voice was really coming out at this point.
Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne
All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…
But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?
This month’s Sassy Books read, read my review here.
Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay by Paul Vitagliano
Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, Born This Wayshares 100 different memories of growing up LGBTQ. Childhood photographs are accompanied by sweet, funny, and at times heartbreaking personal stories. Collected from around the world and dating from the 1940s to today, these memories speak to the hardships of an unaccepting world and the triumph of pride, self-love, and self-acceptance. This intimate little book is a wonderful gift for all members of the LGBTQ community as well as their friends and families. Like Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project, Born This Way gives young people everywhere the courage to say, “Yes, I’m gay. And I was born this way. I’ve known it since I was very young, and this is my story.
Several short stories and accompanying images of personal, touching stories of men and women who grew up knowing they were gay. There is a wide range of emotions, and as it’s told in chronological order based on the years the subjects were born, you can see how far we’ve come. A good short read.
The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett