Sundays In Bed With… is hosted by Kate, aka Midnight Book Girl, as a way to share updates on life and reading. For me, it is a way to stay connected with something I love–blogging, and blogging specifically about books–in a life in which I am growing increasingly bad at protecting time to do things I love.
This week, I am reading…
House of Leaves was recommended to me by one of my students. It is a HUGE experimental horror novel. My student has asked me to read and annotate the book. So far, I can’t imagine reading this book without annotating. It’s so creepy and unusual and the thoughts have to go somewhere, so why not the side of the page?
I’ll try to explain the book as simply as possible, but there are a lot of layers. Essentially, the frame of the story is there is this guy, Mr. Truant, who is a pretty unreliable narrator but never mind that now, who has become obsessed with a manuscript he found in a dead man’s apartment. The book is this manuscript, a film analysis by a blind man about a film that does not exist in Truant’s world or our own. The analysis has a ton of notes by both the writer and Truant, as well as references to scholarly sources that do not exist. This film that does not exist is about a family that moves into an impossible house that keeps growing on the inside. The notes have promised horror and bloodshed, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.
It is the strangest thing I have ever read, but I am invested in a way that I can’t remember being invested before. I have made time to read this book every day since I purchased it… a whole three days ago. However, I don’t think I’ll go a day without reading until I finish it. It’s that good. Entertaining, yes, but thought-provoking. For me, that combination is what I need to fall in love with a book.
In other news, I only work two days this week and I’m not travelling, so I’ll have plenty of time to blog, read House of Leaves, and play my new video games. Skyrim has been a ton of fun so far, I’m definitely planning on playing more this evening, and I’m hoping to put a few hours into Dishonored II before the new Final Fantasy comes out next week.