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Our Reading Lives: What’s Your Binge-Worthy Read?

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Minh Le

Staff Writer

Minh is the author of Let Me Finish! a debut picture book that will be published by Disney-Hyperion in 2016. By day he works in early childhood policy and in 2010 helped design 826DC‘s Museum of Unnatural History (the only place you can both support youth creative writing and get your daily supply of unicorn tears). He also writes about children’s lit at Bottom Shelf Books and occasionally for the Huffington Post and others. Follow him on Twitter @bottomshelfbks.

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With February all abuzz with the Valentine’s Day release of House of Cards, there was a lot of talk about the new culture of “binge-watching.” Which got me thinking about which books have had that kind of effect on me. It doesn’t necessarily have to have been the best book, but one that grabbed me and refused to loosen its grip until I made it to the end.

For me, the first one that came to mind was Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves. At the time, I was teaching on a remote island in the Pacific and living alone in a stone house that the children called “The Ghost House” (it was built on top of a cemetery). So yeah, there was no way I was going to sleep once I cracked open this particular book.

Coincidentally, in addition to the similarity in titles, Danielewski’s book has much in common with House of Cards. They’re both dark, compulsively readable/watchable, break through the 4th wall, and shocking in a way that somehow propels you forward while also knocking you on your ass.

Plus, I always thought that David Fincher would be the perfect person to direct House of Leaves. (What do you say, Netflix?)

So, that’s mine. What about you? WHAT’S YOUR BINGE-WORTHY READ?


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