47. David Sedaris – When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Ugh, with midterms I haven’t had much time for reading lately, and I really feel like I’ve been in a slump.

David Sedaris - When You Are Engulfed in Flames (photo taken by me)
David Sedaris – When You Are Engulfed in Flames (photo taken by me)

Today, I finished my most recent book, When You Are Engulfed in FlamesĀ by David Sedaris. Last year, I read two of Sedaris’ books, so I was looking forward to this one.

However, I don’t know how pleased I was with it. I think my main problem with this book is how long it took me to finish it.

If you’ve read any of Sedaris’ books before, this is similar in style. He publishes collections of short stories based on his life. They’re all very entertaining, some of them just felt to go on too long for my liking.

This book has a lot of stories about Sedaris’ life as he lives in Paris and also describes an adventure in Japan. I find Sedaris very relatable, even though we are in fact very different. He has a way of writing that the reader can really connect to, which I like.

I am a fan of the style of writing, because collections of short stories make for easy on-the-go reading, but as I mentioned before, the book did seem to take a long time for me to read.

Anyway, if you’re into this style of writing, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book, and it has a lot of really funny parts to it. Overall, I enjoyed it, I just wish it had seemed a little lighter while I was reading it.


1. (My first actual post!) David Sedaris – Holidays on Ice

First of all, Happy New Year to all reading this! I usually don’t really celebrate New Year’s Eve, and I couldn’t even if I wanted to last night because I’ve been super sick since Christmas. šŸ˜¦ But I hope you all had a wonderful night and I wish you all a great year. I’ve decided to do the “Photo A Day” challenge, so if anyone is interested in checking that out, it’s on my tumblr (www.drvnkfvck.tumblr.com).

Anyway, since I stayed in last night, I took the opportunity to read a new book,Ā Holidays on IceĀ by David Sedaris. I ordered this book on Amazon a few weeks before Christmas so I would have time to read it during the holiday season, but they sent me the wrong book! (Not Amazon themselves, it was one of the used books options.) So I had to contact them and they sent me the right book, which I just got the other day.

David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice (photo taken by me)
David Sedaris – Holidays on Ice
(photo taken by me)

The book is somewhere around 150 pages and is a collection of stories, which David Sedaris is known for. I’ve read one of his other books,Ā Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, this past summer. I really liked his style of short stories about his experiences that were presented in a comedic way, so I was expecting to loveĀ Holidays on Ice.Ā It was a good read, but I didn’t necessarily love it, mainly because I was confused when stories would jump from his point of view to a fictional (I’m guessing) story. I just wish the fiction and nonfiction had been separated into two parts, maybe then I would have liked it more.

In terms of the stories themselves, I generally liked them. A few of the nonfiction stories were also inĀ Dress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimĀ so I skipped over those ones, but the new ones were funny, as per usual.

Overall, this book was an easy read that I enjoyed. It’s not your typical happy lovey Christmas book, and I think that makes it fun to read around the holidays, just because it’s something different.