My friend Haley had a very funny post today where she shared pages from the diary she kept when she was nine. It is delightful, especially the entry about her dead bird.
I like Haley’s idea so much I am following suit with a page from one of my diaries. It’s about to get deep in here, deep with the tawdriness that is my every day life. Prepare to blush.
Just kidding. Nothing tawdry here, unless you count my grammar. Books I’ve read in ’05? No, me from 9 years ago, it should be Books I read in ’05.
Looking at this list, there are some books that jump out at me.
Catch-22 remains one of the funniest, darkest, most savage books I’ve ever read.
Me Talk Pretty One Day was my first Dave Sedaris book. Years later, he came to our town on his “Evening with Dave Sedaris” tour and Brent and I went to see him. It was a good time, but we had to leave early. Hours later, after the performance and book signing were over, Brent was back at the theater peepin’ and creepin’ on Mr. Sedaris, all to get an autograph for me. Brent may have looked like a stalker/possible murderer to Dave Sedaris, but Brent looked like a wizard-hero to me when he presented me with the autograph.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad – ugh, what was wrong with me? I probably wanted to play the Rich Dad Cashflow 101 board game, too. Also, why did I start to write it out again on the right side of the page? It looks like a sad attempt at fancy cursive. While your eyes are drawn there, be sure to note the complex mathematical operations.
American Gods - I have heard many say that it is Neil Gaiman’s best work. I prefer Coraline and the Graveyard Book myself.
Little Women – I hate you, Amy March.
Truman Capote (biography by George Plimpton) – an old neighbor of Truman’s and Harper Lee’s tells a story about the real-life Boo Radley! How freaking cool is that. The story was verbatim from the neighbor being interviewed so one could presume the story is at least partially true, but really, who cares. It was a great story.
5 People You Meet in Heaven – in a weird coincidence, I tossed out a Mitch Albom reference just today. It was part of a joke that fell very, very flat. I even chuckled at it myself to try to help it catch on, but that didn’t work.
Jaws – the movie was better.
One last thing, you might have noticed that the page itself has Samantha and Jake from Sixteen candles as a sort of watermark. Diaries don’t get much cooler than that.