Look at me, posting this in a semi-timely fashion! I may get out of this blogging funk yet.
Last month I read . . .
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
The Pursuit of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman
The Giver by Lois Lowry (reread)
- one reread . . . sort of (it should be three rereads, but it’s been so long since I read the Patricia C. Wrede books I’m not counting them)
- read one based on the recommendation of book bloggers (but I can’t remember who) (The Happiness Project)
- read two for my 5th-8th grade book club (Dealing With Dragons, The Giver)
- read one for my brand new, in-person book club (Dare Me)
- read three new-to-me authors (Jenny Lawson, Gretchen Rubin, Megan Abbott)
- all nine were library books
- eight paper books; one ebook
Random October Awards:
The Horrifyingly Hilarious Award: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir. This is one of those books that is just . . . wrong on so many levels. Wrong in that all the while you’re laughing so hard you can barely breathe you’re thinking, “I really, really shouldn’t be laughing at this.” Neil Gaiman summed it up perfectly: “The Bloggess writes stuff that actually is laugh-out-loud, but you know that really you shouldn’t be laughing and probably you’ll go to hell for laughing, so maybe you shouldn’t read it. That would be safer and wiser” (from the back cover). Not for the easily offended or sensitive.
The Case of the Missing Editor Award: The Mark of Athena. While I am a fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series (and think the Heroes of Olympus series vastly improved after the first book), his books are starting to remind me of the later Harry Potter books. I really enjoyed The Mark of Athena, but that sucker could have been about 300 pages shorter. (Seriously, Riordan? 586 pages?)
The Vandalism Award: The Pursuit of Alice Thrift. This is a lovely book, exactly what I’ve come to expect from Elinor Lipman, and it distresses me to give it this award. But someone (I don’t know who) went through this book and scribbled out all of the profanity. This pisses me off for two reasons: one, they defaced library property; and two, I abhor censorship. I get it if you don’t like profanity. But if it bothers you so much you feel compelled to scribble in a book that doesn’t belong to you, then maybe you should read a different book. And if you’re doing this as a public service, try using something other than a blue ballpoint pen as that actually calls more attention to the word, not less. Argh! The one bright spot in all this was that they missed a “son of a b*tch,” which pleased me way more than it probably should have.
And that was October! I have no idea what November will hold; I have such a wide variety of books waiting beside my bed I hardly know where to begin. What about you? What are your reading plans?