Reading Challenge: February
The Goal: 52
Current Count: 10
Severance, Ling Ma. 3 Stars.
I wrote an entire blog about this book. You can read my thoughts and feelings here.
Last Night In Montreal, Emily St. John Mandel. 4 Stars.
This was my pick for February's book club. I loved this one and I think my fellow book clubbers did too. We had a three hour discussion about it, so like it or not, there's a heck of a lot to unpack. In his book On Writing Stephen King makes a great statement about how both the author and the reader have a job to do. The author's job is to give the reader enough information to come to their own conclusions. The reader's job is to fill in the blanks. This book is a perfect example of that. This book is a series of snap shots and it's up to the reader to fill in the blanks and draw their own conclusions.
My book club consists of six great women. We all had different ideas about the blanks. We all filled them in differently and I LOVE that. To me, that's a great book.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green. 4 Stars.
I thought this book was fun. And he made a few really good points about society and life in general. And on Mars. Not really, but there may or may not be aliens. I'm being ultra vague because this is my book club's March pick and I know for a fact one of the two people who read this blog are in my book club and I don't want to give it away.
Saga, Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. 10s, 10s, 10s across the board. All the stars in the sky.
Just STAB ME IN THE HEART, Brian. This comic is epic. It is a saga. It is beautifully written, the illustrations are stunning, and there are approximately one thousand adorable creatures in the series. It's my feature read for tomorrow so peep that pic of Lying Cat, y'all. Read this damn series. It's so good.
If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin. 5 stars.
Talk about beautiful writing. James Baldwin was a master of the language. His books are important, sometimes difficult to read, relevant. Read them.
Weirdly, I had three DNF books this month.
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
This was my pick from 1000 Books To Read Before You Die. Big ol' DNF for me. I read about a quarter of it. Then I gave up. I just could not get in to it. Then I found out the author is a big ol' homophobe and that really sealed it for me. I can't read this book. I won't and I shan't.
Thank you, next.
Hope Never Dies, Andrew Shaffer
Sadly, hope that this book would be worth my time died around page ten.
House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz
I'm just not feeling this one, but assume I eventually will. So, I'm going to come back to it at a later date.
If I keep my current pace, I'm on track to read sixty books this year! Miss my last update? You can read it here.