What I’m reading
Dodger by Terry Pratchett (YA, quasi-historical fiction, Dickensian, street urchins, humor, ARC) pub. 9/13
Usually I can read a book in an afternoon. Sometimes I stretch it out to two. I’ve struggled to finish this book for weeks and I’m not sure why. I love Pratchett. I like Dickens. (Pratchett’s voice in this book is very Dickens-like). I liked the main character. The story was interesting. But this book never came together for me and I can’t quite put my finger on where this book and I went wrong. Perhaps it was the overabundance of period slang that distracted me from the story in key moments? The philosophical asides? The melancholy tone?
I’m not sure how to review or rate it since I neither liked nor hated it. If I had bought the copy, I would have just put it aside for another time but since I was given a review copy I felt like I needed to finish it before I read anything else.
What I’m listening to
The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (mystery, Sherlock Holmes, PG-13) Patrick Tull narrator.
This was a big hit. I got it for myself but the kids fell in love with it. You can still get this for FREE from Amazon if you buy the (free) ebook. Gearbox is now fascinated with Holmes so we are moving to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Japanese magic-realism, doorstop, rated R)
What’s on my TBR pile
I’ll finally make progress on my TBR pile now that I’ve finished Dodger.
• Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes (indie, mystery, outdoorsy, strong-girl protagonist, YA) Giveaway coming October 8th on my blog.
• The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente (MG, fantasy, ARC)
• Raven Boys by Maggie Stieffvater
My husband is almost done with this one so I get it next. Woo hoo!
In other quasi-literature-related news, today is October 1st so it’s Halloween Prep Time. This year I’m going to be a book character again (last year I was Katniss, the year before a camper from Camp Half-Blood). I’ll be dressing up as an eponymous picture book character who spends a lot of time lost in the crowd.
Who are you going to be for Halloween?