Recently I issued myself a challenge to read up all the books in my house that I haven’t read yet. I officially have 17 such books, although I know perfectly well I have a few more that I haven’t pulled together and listed.
If you’d like to join, there’s plenty of time…the finish date is Dec. 31, 2014 🙂
I bet you think this is a review of the first book I vowed to read, The Book Thief. But no, I am doing a round-up of all the library books I had to finish before beginning the challenge!
There were 4 this month:
The Waterproof Bible is a novel written in a humorous, modern style, and you are surprised when it turns out to have fantastical elements in it. The main character, Rebecca, has the unfortunate ability to broadcast her feelings to everyone around her, whether she wants to or not. She becomes incapacitated when her sister dies, and her brother-in-law does not seem to care. Enter a green Honda Civic-driving alien with mother issues, and things start to get really weird! Interestingly, this book’s theme is similar to that in one of my favourite movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
I had already read Dan Savage’s book The Kid, in which he and his partner Terry adopt a child. The Commitment is quite different. It continues Dan and Terry’s personal story, based around their decision whether or not to get married. It also includes a lot of research and reporting on the “issue” of gay marriage in the US. I wish I had read this book when it came out in 2005 because it would have still been topical for us Canadians. (Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2004). Sadly, those battles are still being fought in most American states. The book had its funny side, especially since they faced extreme pressure to get married from Dan’s mom, and some begging against it from their kid! I remain a big fan of Dan Savage and his weekly sex advice column, Savage Love.
Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones
This was a big glossy photo book of the first two seasons of Game of Thrones. I sought this out to learn more about the houses, family trees and history of the seven kingdoms. The book was irritatingly lacking in maps. I loved all the photos, drawings and details of the set design and costuming. Plus, it was just a nice book for browsing…
Finally, I remembered to get back to my Best Graphic Novels of 2012 list. At this rate I will always be a year behind!
I read a decent number of graphic novels and this one really stood out. It combines a realistic slice of teen life with a snappy supernatural character that keeps growing in intensity. There was so much going on – high school drama, friends, embarrassing parents and little brothers, immigrant fitting-in issues, an historical mystery, and more – but it came together beautifully. The high school party scene is unforgettable and so true to life! And the ghost…what a sweet, pitiable girl! And what a menace! Highly recommended.
That was my reading for October. Plus, you can add NME‘s special edition Arctic Monkeys magazine – I love them!
I have now cleared the way to read the first of the 17 books that are queued up on my own book shelf: The Book Thief, by Mark Zusak. Most of you have already read it and recommended it so I know I’m in good hands!
If you have started reading up the books at your house, feel free to post about them in the comments, and link to your blog, if you have one!