This is my first post
at my blog’s new home, and with its’ new design, yay! I’ve got the majority of it set up, but am still working out the kinks, so if you notice anything strange, like a naked baby hippo hiding in my pages, please let me know, so I can give it clothes and feed it. Just kidding, I would never pet a naked hippo.
As I was about to get in my car for work the other day, I noticed with no small amount of alarm that there was a spider dangling from the top of my doorway, blocking my path. My first instinct was to scream, which I tried immediately. The spider was unfazed and continued dangling, swaying gently back and forth in my doorway.
My next instinct was to remove the spider from my car. My plan was to pick it up using the book I was carrying and drop the spider onto the ground. What actually happened was that I pelted David Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day at it like a cannonball.
I felt a little bad as I picked my mistreated book out of a puddle, but I’d like to think David Sedaris would understand. I’d also like to think that the spider escaped and is not living in my car, but since I never found it, I can’t be sure.
That brings me to what I really wanted to talk about, which is books I’ve read lately:
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
There’s something I love about David Sedaris’ stories. I don’t know if relatable is the right word, but he entertains me, even when he’s telling stories about being a performance actor while on heavy drugs. He’s kind of sarcastic and tells lots of funny stories about his family and life as an American in France. They’re also kind of tender and not unkind to strangers and friends he meets.
The Martian by Andy Weir
I know a lot of people loved this book, and it’s not that I didn’t like it, but I didn’t love it as much as some people did. This book had me laughing out loud. But, unlike when I’m watching a movie and can tune out technical jargon, reading it here was a little difficult. If you can make it through a little science, it’s definitely worth it.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
I felt like this one could have been a little different. I wanted so many more details! There were several characters, but I thought they could have been more fleshed out. I recently read one of her short stories in an anthology, and it was fantastic. I enjoy her writing, but perhaps this would work better as a short story. It’s actually a fairly short book, and the end flashed by, and I think there a couple more in the series.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
A fantasy book written around Polish and Russian folklore? I couldn’t resist, and the plotline intrigued me. An entire village is protected by a driven wizard known only as the Dragon. The Dragon keeps the nearby corrupted Wood’s powers at bay, at the cost of one girl sent every ten years to serve him.
I only just realized after reading an article about the movie rights to it that this was a YA book. That must have flown right over my head, because I thought it was adult fantasy the entire time I was reading it. It has a romantic storyline and some some amazing fairy tale ingredients. I loved this one, and want to see what else she has written.
What have you been reading, lately?
Have you read any of these books?