15 Thoughts I Have While Reading Chuck Palahniuk


The drive to my in-law’s takes a minimum of four hours, so each visit to them is a great opportunity to get through an audio book!

My husband is not too picky about his audio book content so he generally lets me choose our title for the trip, since I usually do most of the driving. I usually try to pick something I know we’re both interested in, but this time the available audio books on my Overdrive Wish List were few in number.

This weekend I picked Tell All by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, because my husband hasn’t read anything by him and was willing to give it a try, despite my full disclosure that “it’s gonna be reeeeaaaal weird.”

About 30 minutes into the book, I paused it to ask my husband what he thought so far. He was liking it okay, then added “but you may have to explain to me what’s going on.” My answer was something like I’m not so sure myself so we’ll just have to figure it out together!

As we continued listening to the book putting together what was going on, I found myself saying “Yeah, that’s his style” often, to explain the author’s trademark bizarre characters and crude sexual descriptions.

It got me thinking about the other things I’ve often repeated, sometimes in thoughts to myself, while reading Palahniuk’s novels.

1. WTF

Chuck Palahniuk (image from Pinterest)

2. Is this whole thing happening in Hell?

3. Is the main character a Succubus?

4. Is the narrator the Grim Reaper?

5. I don’t get it.

6. Okay, now I think I get it.

7. Ugh…I don’t get it.

8. Are all the characters actually did?

9. Is she talking about reanimated corpses?

10. Wow, that’s gross.

11. Is she going to kill everybody?

12. This is so awesome.

13. What in the world?…

14. How does he come up with that stuff?

15. Oh that’s classic Palahniuk…



I love Chuck Palahniuk, even though I don’t always love each book. I appreciate his reputation for writing edgy material and pushing readers’ buttons. Even when I read a book’s synopsis, the story never turns out to unfurl the way I’d imagined.

Have you read any Palahniuk? What did you think?



  1. John McLellan

    December 29, 2017 at 9:24 am

    CHOKE was one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Couldn’t put it down. If you haven’t yet read it, DO IT. So good. Cheers!!!

  2. Ramona Mead

    December 29, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Choke is my favorite of his, followed by Damned. Definitely listen to the audiobook of that one!

  3. Jesse Jackson

    December 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I think my favorites are probably Survivor, Lullaby and Damned. I was introduced to Palahniuk, like most people, through Fight Club. Years later a good friend of mine was going on about a book she was reading that was almost too disgusting to keep reading, but interesting enough to keep her invested. I was intrigued and went on to read the book, which was Haunted. Since then I try to read everything Palahniuk puts out there, including non-fiction and graphic novels.

  4. Ramona Mead

    December 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Awesome Jesse, thanks for responding! My favorite is Choke, followed closely by Damned. I haven’t read the majority of his stuff, although I do have several on my shelf, one of which is Haunted and I have his non-fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction that I’ve been meaning to get to for years! I’ll let you know which one I read next so we can discuss!

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