Evil Plotbunny (hhertzof) wrote,
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And now for something different

For my New Year's resolution, I decided to steal the idea of reading my height in books from paranoidangel42 so expect periodic progress reports. If anyone is actually reading this thing, the theory is that eventually I'll start posting things other than fic.

So on with the show. Note the neat little progress bar:

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19cm / 151cm

I'm doing well, I think, given that I started this month.

Anyway, what I've been reading is under the cut, if you're curious. A warning...I'm a young adult librarian, so most of what I read is children's or young adult novels.

The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson. The first volume of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Historical, a bit slow-moving at first but rather intriguing. Octavian is essentially a science project during the pre-(American) Revolutionary war period; a slave who was bought by scientists to be studied. The whole thing is somewhat twisted, but not impossible given the state of scientific research at the time and I thought it was quite good.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. A Holocaust story narrated by Death. I thought it got too cute in places (if you can say that about a Holocaust story. Could definitely have stood to be thinned in places. But there were some bits of gorgeous language, and a few intriguing characters.

Saint Iggy by K. L. Going was a disappointing novel about a hard-luck teen stumbling into a friend's problems with a drug dealer. I loved Fat Kid Rules the World but found this novel too contrived.

Rash by Pete Hautman. In the near future, most work is done by prison inmates and there are rather strict laws to keep the prison population up. The teen is sentenced to work in a pizza factory and the story turns into a football novel. Not that I have anything against football...oh wait...four years at Ohio State University...yes I do have something against football. Science fiction by someone who doesn't read science fiction, rehashing tropes that have been done to death already.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I'm a sucker for music themed novels and this is no exception. A punk themed, slice of New York city romance. Great fun.

Dick and Dolly by Carolyn Wells. Carolyn Wells was an incredibly prolific author at the beginning of the last century, I got hooked on her Patty Fairfield series, and now I pick up anything I see by her. Dick and Dolly are nine-year-old twins who are sent to live with two staid aunts who they've never met before. The kids are rambunctious and thoughtless and always getting into scrapes, some of which were funny and some of which just made me want to shake them. Often they act younger than nine. Not my favourite of hers but not bad either.

The Winter of Enchantment by Victoria Walker. Recently republished by Fidra Books, apparently this is a much beloved fantasy. I'd read about it in several places on the internet and bought it sight unseen. It was quite good. A Victorianesque novel about a boy who discovers a girl being held prisoner by an Enchanter. With good hearts and a few magical objects they manage to work together to free her. The sequel will be out soon and I'm looking forward to it.
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