Despite last week being full of midterms, it is my best reading week so far this year. I read ten books! Half were picture books and the other half adult. I read:
- Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra. Lost in Translation, Orbis Terraum, and A to Z challenges.
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Lost in Translation, Orbis Terraum, Dewey’s Books Challenges.
- Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz. A to Z challenge
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Required reading for school.
- Fables Vol. 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham. Graphic Novels Challenge
- The Big Green Pocketbook by Candice Ransom. Young Readers Challenge.
- The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson. Book Awards and Young Readers challenges.
- My Friend, the Starfinder by George Ella Lyon. Young Readers Challenge.
- The Little Bit Scary People by Emily Jenkins. Young Readers.
- How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham. Young Readers.
My favorite adult read was The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Funny and philosophical, the ‘Hedgehog’ was a pleasure to read. At 325 pages it can be a dense read at times while other chapters fly by. One of my classmates saw all the post-its in the book and thought it had been required reading for a class.
My least favorite was Bonsai. It’s the tale of a relationship between a man and a woman and what happens after they break up. The best part of the book was the opening paragraph,
In the end she dies and he remains alone, although in truth he was alone some years before her death, Emilia’s death. Let’s say that she is called or was called Emilia and that he is called, was called, and continues to be called Julio. Julio and Emilia. In the end Emilia dies and Julio does not die. The rest is literature. . .
Why couldn’t the rest of the 83-page novella be as beautiful as that opening paragraph? Usually I don’t bother write a review about books I hate dislike but I feel a tad guilty since I asked my library to order this book and they did. I checked on Goodreads and found that readers either loved it or hated it.
I don’t have a favorite for picture books. All five were great reads. My kids really loved The House in the Night while one of my sisters loved the repetition in The Little Bit Scary People. Look for reviews of all the books I read this week in the next couple of days.
For the Try Something New mini-challenge hosted by Nymeth, Valentina and I are partnering up to read short stories. I own a ton of collections but never find the time to read them. I plan on reading Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber while Valentina reads a different collection. Now I’m off to read and relax.
What are you currently reading?