Monday, January 31, 2011

It's Monday -- What I am Reading

This is in response to the It's Monday -- What Are You Reading at Book Journey:

What I've read: Links to my reviews for:

Heidegger's Glasses by Thaisa Frank

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu 

I didn't read as much as I thought I would this weekend; for example, I thought I'd finally finish Super Sad True Love Story, but I didn't. Instead, I decided to concentrate on Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, which is a somewhat slower read (you need to read some of the similes a couple of times) but utterly fascinating -- a teenage girl on a dying alligator farm in Lake Okeechobee watches her sister fall apart and her brother defect its rival, World of Darkness (a theme park of speakable evil). I'm reading this for Amazon Vine. What's interesting is that I read Russell's book of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, and I thought some of the stories displayed a mannered hopelessness. But this book is full of rich details and amusing sentences.

Meanwhile, I'm finishing The Emperor's Children on my MP3 player -- it's an e-audiobook download from NetLibrary. I'm really divided on this title, and I'll write a review later in the week. I had started listening to it last year, but my checkout expired, and I couldn't get it to reload until I got a new laptop.


Tracy said...

That sounds like an interesting read, have a great week.

Jennifer said...

I will look to see what you thought of Heidegger's Glasses, I really liked the book. Have a fabulous week reading. My Monday: