Reading the Shelves – Friday Check-in

The most amazing storytelling I experienced this week came in audio form. I am now obsessed with Wooden Overcoats, a podcast sitcom that has strong echoes of Fawlty Towers, but also the perfect amount of absurdity and sweetness. I haven’t felt this much love for a creative work in a long time. It’s a full-hearted, teenagery, desperate love, and I hope it never ends.

In the meantime, I’ve continued reading. Not only have I spent more time with the books I previously started, I can’t seem to stop grabbing new ones…

Currently reading from my bookshelves:

Non-fiction:

  • Calypso by David Sedaris: I don’t want to be a Sedaris, but I want to spend a day with them. They are odd and eccentric and human, and David Sedaris relays the experience so well. Although his remembrances continue to be funny, death is never far as we learn more about his sister Tiffany’s suicide, his long-departed mother, and his aging father.
  • The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees. I have reached the step where I am supposed to document my outfit each day for two weeks. Yet I already forgot to do it today and managed to slip into pajamas before I remembered. This may be my hardest read.
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. Not a lot of progress at the moment…
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Annie Lamott. I’ve read it before, but I am in need of inspiration for my writing.

Fiction:

  • The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection edited by Colby Sharp. Continues to be awesometastic. Truth in advertising! Or, more specifically, truth in titling!
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. Barely two chapter in, and it’s already vastly different from the Disney film. Not that I expected it to be the same, but the difference feels so great that I’m finding it hard not to get stuck on what I expect to happen versus what is actually happening in the book.

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