May Wrap Up

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

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Pages:194
Genre: Contemporary, Horror, Scottish Literature
Format: E-book


A grotesque but extremelly enjoyable read.

Rating: 5/5

Other People’s Poems by Tyler Gobble

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Pages: 44
Genre: Poetry
Format: E-book

A little chapbook

Rating: 4/5

Love Alone by Paul Monette

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Pages: 66
Genre: I will follow what Paul says and say no genre labels
Format: E-book (Advanced Readers Copy from Netgalley)


Very emotional poetry, heartbreaking. 

Rating: 4/5

Schoolgirl by Osamu Dazai

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Pages: 103
Genre: Novella, Japanese Literature
Format: Paperback

A nice, thought provoking novella, beautifully written and emotional bending.

Rating: 5/5

Fifteen Weekends by Christy Pastore

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Pages: 276
Genre: Romance, Mystery?
Format: E-book (Advanced Reader’s Copy)

Out of my comfort zone read, I ended up enjoying it.

Rating: 4/5

The Secret of Evil by Roberto Bolaño 

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Pages: 144
Genre: Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Spanish Literature
Format: Hardcover


You guys should know already

Rating: 5/5

Best Behavior by Noah Cicero

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Pages: 169
Genre: Existential, Transgressive Literature? (Apparently it’s in the comedy section, it is a bit funny though)
Format: E-book 

Mixed Feelings about this one.

Rating: 3/5

Sad Robot Stories by Mason Johnson

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There will be a blog tour for this soon. I really enjoyed this, so the post about this will come in late June.

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Best Behavior by Noah Cicero

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Pages: 169
Genre: Existential, Transgressive Literature? (Apparently it’s in the comedy section, it is a bit funny though)
Format: E-book 

I feel like this review will piss people off. I didn’t really love this, I liked it, but I just couldn’t wait to finish it. Noah Cicero was introduced to me through the Other People podcast and I really enjoyed that episode. 

So what I did like about this novel, well it’s pretty much what the narrator wanted to do. The novel that defines a generation. The generation of young people who are jobless, lonely, obsessed with drinking and drugs, and kind of just depressed about their dreams that they’ve fought so hard to achieve. So yeah this book is obviously not a happy one. It takes place in two areas, the depressing Youngstown, where people seem to accept their misfortune and New York, where everything seems so happy but it’s all a facade. It’s all about being unhappy with what you have and never being happy with whatever you get. 

Everyone seems so satisfied with their filled wallets and the temporary spots of fame that will later be forgotten in a few years. Struggling writers that work for the art but feel like life is pointless, they secretly desire fame, but feel that it will corrupt it. Men and women search for each other, most of the time their drunk, but out of loneliness, they look for their presence and their attention. However, they push away later, because everything is just pointless in life. The numbing feeling of boredom and isolation. 

The book is pretty similar to Tao Lin, but the writing style is similar to the minamalistic prose, maybe a morph of Tao Lin and Haruki Murakami. I might be horribly wrong, but I’m writing this review two or three days after I finished it. So the thoughts I  had for this book are slowly running away from my grasp. I have read Tao Lin before and he is definitely an influence, but I feel like Noah’s writing is more like the Thinker, the guy that constantly thinks of the politics and the societal ideas that seems to be the mechanic behind everything in our lives. 

I liked it but there were some things that bothered me. Noah kind of has a weird obsession with Asian girls and the main character sees them all as cute, little, sexy girls to the point of objectification, especially when it came to the sex scenes. It kind of annoyed me, That was really the only thing that bothered me, the Asian fetish thing going on.  I am of mixed race, I have a Latino and African American mother (she’s biracial) and a Chinese father. Like me, some of the female characters in the novel are also mixed with Asian. There “Asianness” was so objectified to the point where there were just there for the main character to have sex with and be depressed with. 


Despite that annoyance, the novel was fairly comedic, yet intelligent. Some political things thrown in with satire and drunk comedy. Most of the novel was pretty fun to read, some parts were so achingly dreary. Unfortunately reality is pretty damn sad. I guess I started off with the wrong Noah Cicero novel, I will be reading more of his work. I just had mixed feelings for this one. 

                                                                       Rating: 3/5

The Secret of Evil by Roberto Bolaño

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Pages: 144
Genre: Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Spanish Literature
Format: Hardcover

Slowly, I am plowing through the works of Bolaño, it’s like a journey of some sorts. Like most people, I started off with The Savage Detectives. I bought The Savage Detectives and 2666 together after scrolling around on the internet and seeing a photograph of book eye candy. In that pile was a lovely Spanish edition, the original language, of 2666. Out of curiosity, I searched up the book and read about Roberto on Wikipedia, ever since then I wanted the book.  So I read The Savage Detectives and after that one I read Distant Star, The Third Reich, Last Evenings on Earth, and the latest one I finished is The Secret of Evil. I don’t know what it is about this guy, but I just love his freaking work. Am I freak? I don’t get it, but I just love his prose. Sadly, I never read his poetry, there’s only so many books I can read.
The Secret of Evil is a short story collection with a few short essays in between. I like this one a lot better than Last Evenings on Earth. I think there was only one short story in this book I disliked, all of the other ones I loved.

I feel like this collection kind of has a more intimate feel to it, it’s more comfortable. The prose is more consumable, it feels more natural. I can’t explain it, but when I read these stories, I felt like I was drinking a nice cup of tea and flipping through the dairies of people’s lives.  Living, reading, and doing everything the human body desires, evil or good, some secretive, some exposed, the lives of people, misfortune or fortunate, Mischievous or just being a good being, hiding behind the mask of sadness or false happiness. We humans disappear into time and then somehow come back unscathed or disappear forever.  Roberto’s passion for words and literature is just like the passion someone has for their wife or husband; his words are just so sweet for my mind. I will admit that I’m kind of iffy about The Third Reich and Woes of the True Policeman. There’s just something about this man’s airy, poetic, minimalistic prose that makes me want to read more of his work. There’s always a bit of darkness but there’s also the ordinariness of life that makes his work feel like home when you haven’t read him for awhile. 

                                                               Rating: 5/5

Friday Reads/Weekend Reads #25 also My Bout of Books #3?

1. The Secret of Evil by Roberto Bolaño

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Pages: 144
Genre: Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Spanish Literature
Format: Hardcover

I’m almost finished, I really love this one, I think it’s better than the other short story collection he wrote called Last Evenings on Earth. However, I think fans on Goodreads will disagree. 

2. Best Behavior by Noah Cicero

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Pages: 169
Genre: Existential, Transgressive Literature? (Apparently it’s in the comedy section, it is a bit funny though)
Format: E-book 

I’m getting through this, I can’t tell if I like this or really like this. 

The Start of Bout of Books #1 (I proposed my own, I’m pretty sure there’s a special date for this)

Yeah this sounds really silly, but I’m making my own little one. Everyone in Booktubia is doing it. I don’t have a Youtube channel and I don’t plan on making videos of myself, so I will do it on this blog. There is probably a blog meme of this, but I’m not sure what it’s called. So basically what you do is read a batch of books and try to read as much as possible in a whole week. It’s probably too late, I should have started on Monday. Oh well. So I will tell you what I’m reading and then at night time, like at 11:00 PM or something, I will write how many pages I have read in a day. So cool right? This will give this blog some activity. 

1. The Secret of Evil by Roberto Bolaño 

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Pages: 144
Genre: Literary Fiction, Spanish Literature
Format: Hardcover

I am 71 pages in, and have 73 pages left, I think. I used a calculator , I’m not sure if I calculated that right though. 

2. Best Behavior by Noah Cicero
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Pages: 169
Genre: I don’t freaking know, I looked it up on Wikipedia, it’s apparently Transgressive Fiction, I think Existential fits better though.
Format: E-book 

I am 19% in and I need to read this because I borrowed it from the Kindle Library and my Kindle is an asshole and it doesn’t work very well. 

Friday Reads/ Week End Reads #24

I think I might’ve missed a Friday reads. Oh well. 

1. Sad Robot Stories by Mason Johnson

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Pages: 128
Genre: Science Fiction, Coming of Age (YA)
Format: E-book

I really should get on this. I’m 11% in the story and I really like it so far.

2. The Secret of Evil by Roberto Bolaño 

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Pages: 144
Genre: Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Spanish Literature
Format: Hardcover

Well I think you guys should know by now why I’m reading this.