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Animal Husbandry

You know how you sometimes buy books with the full intention of reading them but never actually get to them?

I'm notorious for this.

I have a personal library of a few hundred books, and I have decided that I will not buy a single book until I have read all of the books in my possession. That being said, I won't be buying new books in a very, very long time. :( Sigh... BUT! It means that I won't be running out of things to read for a very, very long time! There's nothing bad about that! Right?

Anywho, I have started this excursion with a book that I have had for several years. I got it back when I saw the movie Someone Like You (I actually like this movie a lot.) starring Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman. I had just begun my mild obsession with Mr. Jackman and wanted to watch every single movie he had ever been in, and so it was only natural that the movie ended up on my list.

I found out, though, that the movie was based on a book by Laura Zigman called Animal Husbandry. When I discovered this information, I simply had to get my hands on this book, so I did. And then it sat. It sat and collec
ted dust on my bookshelf. Oh, what a sad bibliophile I am. So I'm going to read it! In fact, I am reading it. Good for me.

It's not the best read ever, but it's definitely entertaining. The story picks up right after a woman, Jane Goodall, has been dumped by a man with whom she was making arrangements to live. It details her grief process, how she copes with the breakup, and also the forming of a cockamamie theory that men are like cows, breeding with 1 woman and then moving on to the next one simply because they've grown tired of her. While the theory may, in fact, be cockamamie, one cannot help but to think that it rings true somehow, especially if you've been dumped. I figured that, since I am now officially over my relationship (the one that ended so devastatingly in August), I can read a book like this, and it's a
ctually helping a little. I mean, I'm no longer crying myself to sleep, but whenever I think about him, while I have no desire to reunite with him romantically, there's a certain sadness I can't quite put my finger on. This book, while entirely fictional and frivolous, is helping me to laugh through this sadness and acknowledge that being dumped is ok. If I had read it any earlier, I probably would have taken the content to heart, believing that men were, in fact, douchebag bulls who were out only to spread their seed, fulfilling their copulatory imperative. Thankfully, I have moved on enough to realize that's not entirely true, although men do act like animals from time to time.

I haven't finished it yet, but I'll definitely let you guys know what I think of it when I finish.

What's on you guys' current reading list? Do you recomme
nd what you're reading?




Unknown said…
Happy St. Patty's Day!!! Let us know what you think when you're finished!!!

How can you miss out on the amazing new books about to come out?! I'm notorious for the same, but I do my best to get around to them all, and I can't help myself, if I like a book it will be purchased!!!

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver & Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard, just read them and loved them all! Must reads for sure!
Alex said…
I'm reading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain which is a fantasy wrapped up in social commentary wrapped up in fantasy. It's very cute and clever in any case, as we might expect from Mark Twain.

Also reading "Anybody Can Write" by Something Jean Something (I can't be bothered to look up her name right now) which actually did inspire me! I tend to over-think my writing, and when I just WRITE I get a lot farther than when I plan and plan and plan. I think I have forbidden myself to think at all about what I am writing.

I discovered during NaNoWriMo last year that my biggest difficulty was (and is) getting bogged down in writing with a sort of real-time chronology. It's a side-effect of doing text-only RPGs/pen-and-paper stuff online. So my biggest difficulty is writing a story that moves ahead, rather than being like Madame Butterfly's second act: one really, really, really long scene.

Next on the list is 'Out of Africa' and 'Shadows on the Grass' by Isak Dinesen, then 'A Lost Lady' by Willa Cather, and a little chick lit in 'City of Shadows' by Ariana Franklin.
Stef Howerton said…
Thanks for the comments, guys! :)

Jen, I'm going to have a hard time not going out and buying all of the new books I see, but I'll just call it a practice in delayed gratification. hah I've not heard of any of those books, so I'll definitely add them to my list. For... you know... later. When I allow myself to buy / rent books again. haha

Alex, I love that book. I'm not normally a Mark Twain fan, but Connecticut Yankee is just so much fun! I've never read "Anybody Can Write," but it's been on my list for a while now. I'm the same as you. I always overthink my writing, and when I just sit down and write without thinking, I get a lot farther than I normally would.

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