Saturday, December 20, 2008

Trick Question

Audiobook addendum: I've started seriously listening to Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon, and I have to say, as much as I like the reading and the story and the language, Chabon's sentences are a little too complex to work perfectly on audiobook.

So I finished The 19th Wife, which I enjoyed, but didn't pack quite the punch, in the end, that I was anticipating. But I've moved on now, and I'm reading Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine. This is one of those books somewhere between YA and Juvenile, so I'm almost done by now, but it's quite good--she does this thing where she retells fairy tales, and even gives you a title that tells what she's doing, but they're so different and unique and hers that I don't even realize it's the fairy tale until the major plot point near the end. In Ella Enchanted, it was the ball at the end--here it was the poisoned apple. There are elements that would clue you in, but I get so caught up in the story that I don't even notice. That's impressive to me.

I have a couple more books out, but I think after those (including a very scary (so far) vampire book called 13 Bullets) I'm going to turn to a Personal Library Renaissance. This might not be the best idea, since library runs are some of the only times I get out of the house, but I have so many books to read, and being mostly at home (in the snow, with the baby) makes a good excuse to plough into them.

Including (starting with!) the many books I borrowed from Brenda. Even some of the ones she lent me against my will. But not The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Sorry. I'll never get past how boring that movie was.

1 comment:

JMLC said...

The book was pretty boring too- you won't miss much.
Happy first holiday season with the baby!