The long and the short of it

There’s one question I simply hate:

What kind of books do you like to read?

The simple answer: good ones. But when asked to elaborate, I’m always stumped. I don’t know that I can narrow it down even more. I’ll tell you what I generally DON’T like: sci-fi, mystery, romance, western. But even in those categories, I’ve found something awesome I’ve dug. I think what I like most are characters and stories I can related to.

I came across this list that seems to perfectly narrow down my interest. Best Strange and Twisted Memoirs. I’ve read an astonishing amount of those on the list. I like quirky people and I especially dig reading about their unconventional lives. I read a few of these over the years, but I think it’s expanded since reading works by David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs. While some of the stories are quite sad (Burroughs has had a pretty tragic life) they find a humorous touch to make them more relatable.

While I wouldn’t say my own life has been as tragic, I would say I approach it with the same humor. As I was recounting my recent vacation trip, my friend was laughing uncontrollably on the other end of the phone. While I initially didn’t see the humor in it, once I realized I was safe and no longer in danger, I certainly was laughing along with him.

And I think that’s why I love these type of books. These people are willing to let you in to their lives at their darkest moments. They are able to find the humor or a little ray of sunshine in it all to make the terrible seem not as miserable. I like to believe I have a little of that in me as well.


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