October 7, 2011 – Friday 5

Slow week here at Casa Wycket (entre, please…). On Tuesday and Wednesday, we were doing some work training which afforded me lunch on both days, and a dinner on the first day (very, very appreciated). Of course, someone also started a bug around the office, and I am its latest victim, just feeling a general munginess.
This weekend will start with a very frugal Date Night with Charlie: we both turned out pockets outwards and came up with a lot of lint, but little else. We’re thinking about splitting a $5 footlong, and going to Ye Olde Dollar Theatre to see Captain America (his choice, I have a feeling Friends with Benefits would have been a “no”).
On Saturday, I’m helping out RD build a photography portfolio which benefits me, because I will get some more portraits done.
Speaking of portraits, did I happen to direct you over to Clare Day’s site? She and Aussie John were in the US for two months, and swung through Cleveland, and she shot Charlie and I for free? We look adorable…well, mostly I just look like I desperately need sun.Anyway, onwards with the Friday 5!
  1. What book did you struggle to get through but is something you’re glad you’ve read?
    See, the problem with this is that if I’m struggling to get through it, it’s because I don’t like it, and I won’t like it even when it’s over.  The book that was the worst book I ever had to read (as far as just “could not get get through it”) was The Good Earth, by Pearl S Buck. I had to read that clunker twice, because it was required reading my freshman and softmore year (I transferred my sophomore year).
    I did read Middlesex in freshman english in college, and while I did have a hard time getting started in it, I’m glad I read it. I would maybe have preferred it more if I had pleasure-read it.
  2. What’s a book whose popularity has baffled you?
    I would say Twilight, but then I’d be a) cliche, and b) a liar. I know exactly how Stephanie Meyer pandered that pile of shit to a generation of girls whose majority suitor prospects were hipsters and bros.
    On the record, I’ll go with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. My friends all raved about how amazing it was, but I never saw it. I’m not a huge fan of that type of genre-fiction (fiction from the POV of the mentally ill person), and I feel that the author really fell short. That said, maybe if I had the patience to read it again, I might find something of merit in it. I doubt I’ll ever be enticed to do so, though.
  3. If you could make everyone you know read one book, what would it be?
    The one book that I recommend to everyone is White Oleander by Janet Fitch. I read that in my junior year of high school, and I thought it was pretty formative to my thought processes, and ultimately, my writing style (when I do get around to writing personal essays and fiction – not often). That said, it’s definitely a book you need to read when you’re in a good head space: it’s not sunshine and ponies.
  4. What book have you liked less and less as time has gone by?
    Into the Wild. It’s a well-written story, and I love Jon Krakauer, but the more I heard about it (especially in light of the movie), the more I rooted for the Alaskan Wilderness.
  5. What book have you loved more and more as time has gone by?
    Probably The Last Street Before Cleveland, by Joe Mackall. I’m biased because he was my professor during the subject matter of this memoir, and because it’s the song of my hometown, but I love this book, and it’s another that I give to people to read.

Source: Friday5.org