What are you reading?
Since we are a book blog we thought we should talk about the books that we are actually reading. We read a lot of books that we don’t necessarily have a chance to comment on, so this will be our venue. We read for various reasons and we read various materials that might not fit into the month’s theme, but we’ll make sure to comment on that too.
Steph is reading…
Going Bovine by Libba Bray – So far this is fabulous. The character is so typical and atypical and just well written, I believe him. The nuance in his character, simple things like being unable to commit being shown in his unwillingness to borrow things – so interesting and anyway, loves it. I’ve just reached the pivotal point, and I honestly believed how much no one saw because of the character. Well, it’s just awesome. I recommend and I’m not even done.
Writing Picture Books: A Hands on Guide from Story Creation to Publication by Ann Whitford Paul – Again, holidays, so I’m not very far in this one and while what she has had to say so far hasn’t blown my mind. That said, her style is engaging which makes for a lightly informative fast read. It’s also nicely organized, methodical and step-by-step. There are exercises at the end of each chapter should you want to put into practice something new you learned. Sometimes these are nice to do just to get you thinking about any story at all and work on whatever of aspect you like. I’ll let you all know how the rest of it goes.
Yash is Currently Salivating Over:
I am only thirteen pages in to the first chapter, but the very first page had the following gem …
They were gentleman-magicians, which is to say they had never harmed any one by magic- nor ever done any one the slightest good. – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
… so, obviously, I am already quite invested. Plus, I love that neither of the eponymous characters lead the story (yet). So far, Mr. Norrell was named within parentheses and Jonathan Strange was mentioned in a footnote, and IMO that’s a pretty novel way to introduce them. Well, at least, I haven’t come across a book that did this before. The style is lighthearted and witty and sometimes reminds me a bit of Austen. For example- “The next day Mrs. Honeyfoot told her husband that John Segundus was exactly what a gentleman should be, but she feared he would never profit by it, for it was not the fashion to be modest and quiet and kind-hearted.” Basically, I have an annotation for almost every other page, and most of the time it’s “Oooh” or “LOL”. I fear this will be another one of those obsessions that even fan-fiction will not be able to fix.
Nafiza is poring over…
I’m actually still reading A Literate Passion and The Tough Guide... but since I have already talked about this, this is the only one I will talk about at some length. I’m on chapter 3 and so far we have established both Demeter and Persephone in all their incarnations and set the frame for the analysis of the various children’s novels. The text is readable though very dry and I confess the first chapter lost me at various points. The analysis of E. T. A Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was interesting. There is something that lingered with me though. One of the sentences talks about how a culture that vilifies paedophilia takes such satisfaction from the performance of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and I’m a bit confused by what this sentence is saying. I may be reading a bit too much into it but hmm.
I’m plodding along though so hopefully I’ll be done before the next Fun Day rolls around. What are you reading?