Books I’ve Been Reading Update- 5/10/13Posted: May 10, 2013
I’ve been so negligent about updating this blog, I’m actually surprised my WordPress account let me log back on. My excuses are dumb: have been directing every last ounce of my X-Men powers into other writing, teaching, and wedding planning, I always feel like I look too tired and gross these days to take a picture of me kissing a book, I say to myself ”I’ll write a blog post tonight” and then I fall asleep at 7:15PM, excuses, excuses, excuses.
In any case, I promise I’ll do a full post next week (I will get up at six in the morning and you will just have to deal with me looking like a zombie wearing a hair donut in my pictures YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO DEAL). As a peace offering, for now, this is what my reading list has looked like these days late:
So I’ve Been Rereading Books My Mom Read Me When I Was Growing Up:
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith- THIS BOOK WAS JUST AS INCREDIBLE AS I REMEMBER IT BEING. I cried all over this book. I know this gets filed away under “little girl books,” but if you are a HUMAN you will love this book. Trust a girl. A bazillion hearts.
WISE CHILD by Monica Furlong- Did you read this in fourth grade? Man, Juniper is such a G. I want to be a medieval Scottish witch. I read this in a night and was so glad I did.
GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell- I loved this book growing up and going back and reading the plot and prose are top notch and also this book is REALLY racist and I’m trying to figure out a way to compartmentalize but I’m not sure I can. Because if there was a book that glamorized Nazis and made Jews in concentration camps Mammy and Prissy-like caricatures and it won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Picture and non-Jewish readers were like “Kit, you have to put this book in historical context” I would be like “I don’t live in historical context, I live now where it’s really fucked up to glamorize atrocities.” Does anyone else have strong feelings about this? I know I have strong feelings, I’m just trying to sort out what they all are.
(Next up, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE and ALL OF FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT. Ka-POW!)
So I’ve Also Been Reading New/New-ish YA:
STARSTRUCK by Rachel Shukert- I love Rachel Shukert’s recaps for SMASH over at Vulture, I love these recaps like a cartoon bear loves stealing pic-a-nic baskets, and I was the most excited to read her YA novel (the first in a trilogy) about young starlets in 1930′s Hollywood. If you just sat up on the edge of your seat at the mention of 1930′s Hollywood, you will eat this up with a spoon.
THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray- It’s basically X-Men meets The Great Gatsby and if you can think of a better A meets B, please let me know. This book isn’t perfect. First of all, the first fifty pages are like “I get it, we’re in 1926, I get it, STOP MAKING THIS A WIKIPEDIA ENTRY ON 1926.” Also it’s the first in four books and though the basic story works, I could feel the book holding back and even if an author is saving good stuff for sequels, you don’t want to FEEL that on the page. Quibbles aside, it’s such a fun read- vibrant and spooky and original and funny and just plain rad.
THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass- I cannot believe this book is a New York Times Bestseller. I cannot believe this book was edited by a professional editor. I found the characters flat, the prose artless, the world-building half-assed. I got thirty percent in and then returned for refund.