24.4.10

A Question of Style

Yesterday I was talking with Aravis and, as all good co-dependent bibliholics do, we talked about books. I mentioned my current read, Episodes, and said that I really didn't like it.

When I read a "meh" book, I question why the publisher decided to waste time, effort and trees on that particular publication. In this case, I know why: the author is a high-functioning autistic. This book is supposed to give us insight into what life is like for someone with that type of mental process - in Blaze's case, he apparently sees things as discrete episodes in various television series (for example, his freshman year of school). As Sondheim wrote, you gotta have a gimmick, and the conceit here is that the book is written as though it were a large TV Guide or retrospective of some television show.

So reading this, not being particularly excited by the content and being annoyed by the gimmick, I felt guilty. As I said to Aravis, I feel a little like someone that sees a mediocre painting and then learns that it was painted by a blind person: does that mean it is somehow elevated from mediocre? Should we hold that painter (or author, or composer, or whatever) to a lower standard, or can we say "this doesn't do it for me"?

13.4.10

Le sigh

Ok, I blogged too soon (or perhaps too optimistically)? I didn't actually get anything done last week during the Clear Away the Clutter Read-a-thon. I have no one to blame but myself.

In my defense is that I'm still recovering from this norovirus-like thing I got during Spring Break. My weight loss stabilized (10lbs in 12hrs is a really nice thing; if only I could have kept the losing going for another 60 hours or so without the other symptoms). I'm not really hungry, I'm not feeling energetic, I'm just feeling... not. A whole lot of ... not.

Slowly I'm getting back to being ok, but until I'm 100%, I'm not going to make any major plans.

5.4.10

Battling Mt. Bookpile

This week I'm starting the Clear Away the Clutter Read-a-Thon. It's the lead-up to Book Fair Week at MPOW, but that won't stop me from reading reading reading!

Head over to my review blog to watch my progress, and tune in Monday the 12th for a recap of hours, and books, read.

2.4.10

Links galore

1.4.10

Notes from Mt. Bookpile

I'm not done with the Midwinter ARCs yet, but I'm getting close! Only 48 read this quarter... reviews are all over on Killin' Time Reading.

Biography
Sir Charlie Chaplin, Sid Fleischman

Children's/Young Adult
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Tom Angleberger
Ship Breaker, Paulo Bacigalupi
The Wide-Awake Princess, E.D. Baker
Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies, Andrea Beaty
Eleventh Grade Burns, Heather Brewer
Upstate, Kalisha Buckhanon
Starlighter, Bryan Davis
Kyle's Island, Sally Derby
Rules of Attraction, Simone Elkeles
The Midnight Curse, L.M. Falcone
Incarceron, Catherine Fisher
Faithful, Janet Fox
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green
Hearts at Stake, Alyxandra Harvey
Moonshadow: Rise of the Ninja, Simon Higgins
Aries Rising, Bonnie Hearn Hill
The Popularity Papers, Amy Ignatow
Liar, Justine Larbalestier
The Carbon Diaries 2017, Saci Lloyd
Finnikin of the Rock, Melina Marchetta
Evermore, Alyson Noel
Smudge's Mark, Claudia Osmond
The Thin Executioner, Darren Shan
Anxious Hearts, Tucker Shaw
The Grimm Legacy and Enthusiasm, Polly Shulman
A Whole Nother Story, Cuthbert Soup
The Prince of Mist, Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Fiction/Literature
The March, E.L. Doctorow
The Quickening Maze, Adam Foulds
The Queen of Palmyra, Minrose Gwin
The English Teacher, Lily King
The Long Way Home, Robin Pilcher
Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez
The Girl with Glass Feet, Ali Shaw
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Ladder of Years, Anne Tyler

Mystery
Watchlist: A Serial Thriller, Jeffrey Deaver
Eye of the Red Tsar, Sam Eastland
A Question of Belief, Donna Leon
Still Missing, Chevy Stevens
Hush, Kate White

Non-Fiction
Love in a Time of Homeschooling: A Mother and Daughter's Uncommon Year, Laura Brodie
31 Bond Street, Ellen Horan
Making Toast: A Family Story, Roger Rosenblatt


Science Fiction/Fantasy
The Prophecy, Dawn Miller
The Eternal Ones, Kirsten Miller

Books on Mt. Bookpile: 334
Added: 61
Net gain/loss: 13 gain