Review #2: When You Are Engulfed In Flames. WHOOOSH
I know, I know…. I haven’t posted in… a while. Honestly, I’m still getting used to my schedule. It’s difficult. I’m serious. I barely WRITE!
So, I promise I’ll post more often. I’m getting the hang of it all. My schedule, I mean. Like I promised(ish) last year, I am reviewing every book I read. (Yes, I’ll also have my usual posts from time to time)
To the point… Mostly because my last review was long.
I spent my last two weeks in January (in my spare time) reading When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris. This was a non-fiction book and definitely an interesting read. Ready for my thoughts? Good, cause you’re not done reading.
David Sedaris is definitely interesting. I’ll admit that. I had moments where I could relate with him such as his story about his babysitting ‘misadventures.’ I had a couple crazy moments with a babysitter of my own, as a child.
He talks a lot about instances that are not quite plausible to me, but he definitely makes them interesting. I could not, throughout the entire book, decide if I liked him or not. He seemed very genuine about his lifestyle, naming weird obsessions he had such as feeding spiders in his windowsill and entertaining a crazy woman who cooked disgusting food. He made me laugh, almost in every chapter.
His writing style seemed to flow, almost like melted butter. I say that because I never bothered myself with the transitions from one chapter to the next. The story immediately enveloped me into its buttery goodness, so I didn’t care if there was a transition at all. It was simply, funny. I love laughing. Especially when I read it. It’s fun to laugh and it’s even more fun when someone’s life is making you laugh. (I sound terrible for saying that, but some of you know what I mean).
I discovered (within the past two seconds) that I truly don’t have too much to say about this book. It enveloped me rather quick, but only when the events did not seem plausible or seemed ridiculous. His last chapters weren’t worth reading, in the end. They were interesting, but it seemed relatively normal. He had a bad habit and eventually got himself through it. It dragged on until the final pages.
I know, I just contradicted myself. Leeeaaavvvve me alone.
All in all, it was good book. Not NECESSARILY one I’d recommend, but it was a good book. I enjoyed it… I read it… I finished it. If 3/4 of that book was true, I am impressed. He’s been through a lot. I know he has a lot published, but this was the only one I read. I mayyyy consider reading another, but who knows? I’m still new to non-fiction reading and am currently reading a non-fiction as we speak. So, I’ll learn more of the writing style and… stuff… yeah, still learning.
This was probably not a helpful review. I’m serious, non-fiction is new to me. I never read it. I’ll have a better review, I’m sure, for the next one, but this was hard to review. Whoops.
What do I rate it?? Hmmmm…
May God Bless your day…