Before I launch into my usual monthly report, I want to apologize for flooding your Google readers last weekend. What happened was this: on Saturday I updated the tags on several old posts. For some reason Google interpreted these updates to mean that the posts were new. When I logged into my Google reader and saw that The Alcove had 44 unread posts I nearly choked. I don’t know why it did that so I can’t promise that it won’t happen again, but I am really, really sorry.
In July I read . . .
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (reread)
Perla by Carolina De Robertis
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King
There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
Holes by Louis Sachar (reread)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (reread)
- reread four books (whoa)
- read three based on the recommendations of book bloggers (Perla, Please Ignore Vera Dietz x 2, There is No Dog x 2)
- read one based on the recommendation of an author (Going Postal)
- read three for workish related reasons (James and the Giant Peach, Holes, Coraline)
- five were library books and three I already owned
- all paper books; no ebooks
Random July Awards:
The I May Have Checked the Floor For a Disembodied Hand Award: Coraline. I know Coraline is a creepy book. I’ve read it several times before. But somehow I had forgotten just how deliciously creepy it is . . . until last month when I was reading it late at night. When I got out of bed, I may have first checked the floor for disembodied hands. No, I haven’t pissed off any button-eyed other mothers lately, but you can’t be too careful about these things.
The Caps Lock Award: Going Postal. Usually Excessive Use of Capital Letters Drives Me Crazy. When Used In Titles Or To Drive Home A Point, I Don’t Mind It. Used All The Time, However – Yeesh. No Thanks. But When I Met Mr. Pump, A Character In Going Postal, I Changed My Mind. He Talks Like This And It Just Suited Him So Perfectly I Couldn’t Get Annoyed. I Don’t Think Pratchett Could Have Portrayed His Slow, Deep, And Rumbling Voice Any Other Way. He Was, Hands Down, My Favorite Character In The Book.
The Best Bookish Quote Award: Perla. Here it is: “There’s that feeling that comes when you read something and the lines speak directly to you, and to you only, even though the person who wrote them died long before you were born, or, even if alive, has no idea you exist. The words seep right into your mind. They pour into your secret hollows and take their shape, a perfect fit, like water. And you are slightly less alone in the universe, because you have been witnessed, because you have been filled, because someone once found words for things within you that you couldn’t yourself name – something gesturing not only toward what you are, but what you could become. In that sense, books raise you, in a way your parents can’t. They emancipate you.” (36) Love it. (I had forgotten that nomadreader used the same quote in her Perla review. Hey, great minds do think alike!)
How was your July? No disembodied hands creeping around your house, I hope?