Thursday, December 27, 2012

Midlife Crisis Book Club 2013

Who can say no to the pornstache?
1. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

2. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

3. Sweet Valley High or Why My Twin Sister is a Lying Whore: The Series

Friends, I need your help.

I've decided to attempt another reading challenge, but the "classics" for 2013 will be classics from our youth.

I am approaching 40 and I need to remember the girl I used to be, the one who believed that by 40 she'd have financial security, a published book, and a tall, good looking husband. Where did that girl go? Where did her money go? Why will no one publish her book (which is fucking amazing, don't even kid yourself that it's not)?

So let's reread the books that entertained, shocked, and thrilled us in our youth. The bar is not very high on the shocking part. I was pretty titillated by the part in Gone With the Wind when Melanie and Ashley went into the bedroom together and SHUT THE DOOR. I can't even tell you what my 12-year-old mind did with that information.

Tell me your favorites from your middle school days and I'll add them to the list. They don't have to be young adult books. They can be adult books that you snuck out of the library. One of my personal favorites was my mother's copy of My Secret Garden. I might have found it when I was snooping through her bedroom. It was highly illuminating.

Um, sorry, Mom.

So what's a book that shocked you? Fueled your adolescent fantasies that popular boys eventually fall for the smart girl next door? Taught you something you didn't know? Changed the way you thought about the world? Convinced you that your twin sister was a sociopath? Made you believe that perfection was being blond, blue-eyed and a size 6? Seriously, screw you, Francine Pascal.

Share your suggestions with me in the comments below or on Facebook.

15 comments:

  1. I want to read your book! Have you considered self-publishing? (I know it's not what you really want, but just to get it out there?)

    I used to love the whole Anne of Green Gables series and Lois Lowry.

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    1. I loved Anne of Green Gables! I was thinking about putting "The Giver" on the list. I actually never read it, but Jacob had to read it for school and I've been curious about it.

      That reminds me, I also loved Lois Duncan. "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Locked In Time" were two of my faves.

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    2. Oh, and, yes, I've thought about self-publishing, but my plan - for now - is to pitch it to smaller publishers and see what happens. I think trying to land a major literary agent was asking for too much since I don't have a sex tape or a reality show. (I'm not bitter!)

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    3. I don't know Lois Duncan, but Lois Lowry wrote the Anastasia Krupnik series and A Summer to Die (cheery! But I read it multiple times.)

      I think you have a good plan. Re: sex tape, it's never too late! :)

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  2. The Thorn Birds! I was struggling with the transition from kids' books to "adult" books. I just couldn't find any grown-up books that looked interesting. My mom had just finished The Thorn Birds (in paperback, I remember that) and tossed it to me, saying, "This is a good one!"

    Oh my God I still remember reading the racy parts (A PRIEST!) and thinking, "I can't believe my mom knows I'm reading this!"

    Ah, youth ...

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  3. I remember being rather shocked by the novelisation of Grease. Obviously I didn't read it when the film came out cos I was, like, six, but I may only have been eleven or something. It is a lot more specific about the stuff Rizzo (oh Rizzo, you are my favourite) gets up to. I know I hid it from my mother, and read it in a frenzy. I also borrowed the novelisation of Upstairs, Downstairs from the same (older) friend, which again is rather more specific than the TV series. At school everyone read Lace by Shirley Conran but I haven't read it - might be good for your list though. I read Heaven by Virginia Andrews and found it quite depressing, as well as shocking, when I was 14.

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    1. I don't think I ever read Lace either. I remember hearing about it, though.

      Also, once I was an adult and understood all the things being said in the movie Grease, I was shocked! I realized how much of it just flew over my head when I was a kid (thank goodness).

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    2. I know! I watched it with my mother about ten years ago and she couldn't believe we'd seen it at the cinema when I was so small! Everyone at school was obsessed with it but we were so little we thought the rudest bit was when the boys do their mooning during the dance show! Bless.

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  4. I loved reading all the Encyclopedia Brown books as a kid. They taught me to think outside the box to sovle the crimes. Maybe that's why I still read Agatha Christie mystrey novels. I also enjoyed reading the Prydian Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. The books are akin to the Harry Potter series, but more mythical. If you remember the "Black Cauldron" movie by Disney, it is the second book in the series.(They destroyed a good series with one movie). I love reading those books because they took my childhood away from my room where I perpetually was stationed and to a land far away. The sad part is that I jumped straight from those books at 13 to Ayn Rand at 17. I don't know of any other worse way to make a transition in literature choices but hey, that's the what I did.

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    1. I loved Encyclopedia Brown. I feel like I learned all sorts of interesting things from those books.

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    JACKIE

    that oughta get your juices flowing. :)

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  6. I was going to say Thornbirds too. My mom belonged to one of those mail order book clubs that sent a new book every month. I snuck Thornbirds and Mommy Dearest and would read them whenever I could. That and Love Story which she had from one of her College English classes.

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    1. I'm definitely putting The Thornbirds on the list.

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