Books that haunt me

Its October.  Spooky time.  I don’t do a lot of the horror show.  Other than zombies, I don’t do the rest of the genre.  No vampires, no werewolves, no chainsaws, no hockey masks.  I’ll do an occasional serial killer book or series, but not too much of it.  And I’ll do an occasional ghost story.  But that’s my limit.

I’m talking about a different kind of haunting.  Books that stay with you long after you have turned the last page (or in my case, pressed the button).  Either the character, plot, writing or all three just stay in your brain and resurface now and again to remind you about this book you read at one time.

I have a few of these.  Funny, as I read my first paragraph, these first two are of the ones I seldom do.

The Lovely Bones — Alice Sebold — this violated my self imposed rules.  1) murder 2) sexual assault 3) involving a child.  I have those rules in place for a reason, but one night I was staying at my parent’s house and couldn’t sleep and was looking for fresh reading material.  And boy did I find it.  I read the entire book in one night.  And this was before the movie was even in production.  I was literally crying my eyes out in bed as I was turning the pages.  The way it was written from Susie’s point of view, how she tried to communicate with her family, I literally hurt for Susie and her story.  A novel has never made me feel such deep emotion before.  I had become a mother the year before, perhaps that is what it was, but since that time I have held fast to rule #3.  I still want to cry just thinking about it.

The Millennium Trilogy aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — Stieg Larsson — this one violated the sexual assault and serial killer rule.  But the character of Lisbeth Salander drew me in.  Her fierce independence, the way her mind works, her stubbornness, but she does have a tender side.  The way she sought her own brand of justice to avenge her own sexual assault made up for violating my own “no sexual assault” rule.  I also enjoyed the relationship between Lisbeth and Mikael.  I did see the movie, and although I did not like how some changes were made to the plot, I can see why they needed to be made.  And casting Daniel Craig as Mikael definitely helped as well.  And I am now a huge fan of Rooney Mara.  And it helps that she comes from NFL royalty.

Closet Full of Coke: A Diary of a Teenage Drug Queen — Indra Sena — I love my memoirs.  Being that I was born under the Reagan administration, I was not aware of the high flying partying in the 80s.  And just look at the title!!  Who can pass that one up!!  But it wasn’t the descriptions of the partying and the money that haunts me.  It is how alone in the world that this young girl is.  And she feels responsible for her younger sister.  Her parents are a mess and basically put her out to fend for herself, and so she does.  I truly felt for her, even if I wanted to go back in time and smack her around for making stupid choices.  Also what sticks with me is how this could have happened in America.  I guess I’m naive.  There are teenagers in this country that are going through this type of thing right now.  Not everyone was blessed with two parents that wanted them, stayed together to raise them and always had the best interest of their children at heart.  A wake up call for me, really.  Very haunting.

Outbreak — Robin Cook — An oldie but goodie.  This is one of the first “adult” books that I read.  No not “adult” in that sense (see my post on THOSE books here).  This was the first time I read about things like the CDC, virology, epidemiology, all of those types of things.  And I still think about them.  Obviously, since I love my post-apocalypse books so much.  And currently there is a news story on about the current fungal meningitis epidemic.  Haunting.

On that note…Happy Haunting!!  BOO!!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. TBM
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 11:13:29

    I have only read the Larsson books. I’m a fan of memoirs as well. I’m not that much older than you, but I do have more memories of the 80s and coke. Didn’t get involved myself since I was still a kid.


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