What I read this week:
My youngest is really into tennis and not so into reading so I thought some tennis manga might be a good fit. Since not all manga is appropriate for an 8 year old, I previewed The Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi. I skimmed most of the 42-volume series.
While The Prince of Tennis is mostly OK content-wise, I found it a little boring. I skipped whole volumes of random tennis matches to get back to reading about the protagonist. There wasn’t enough backstory, or character development, or much of anything except tennis. I would have liked if Ryoma grew a little more as a person and not just as a tennis player over the course of 40-some books. As a tennis fan, I found the tennis descriptions overly dramatized and hard to follow. I’m going to buy the first couple of volumes for my son to see if he likes them, but it is not my favorite shonen manga.
What I’m reading:
I made no progress on China Mieville’s Kraken (speculative fiction, New Weird, apocalyptic). I couldn’t read a gory book after dealing with my son’s gory accident (Gearbox knocked out two teeth and gashed his leg badly).
Inside the Shadow City (Kiki Strike #1) by Kirsten Miller is a great MG/YA adventure novel for kids and tweens that liked The Name of This Book is Secret or The Mysterious Benedict Society. Fast paced with strong, smart, and fascinating girl characters — I’m 75% done with this book and really enjoying it.
What I reviewed this week:
Zip. Zilch. Nada.
What’s on my TBR pile this week:
Kraken. I’m going to force myself to finish this one or I’ll lose all momentum and never finish it.
1Q84 (speculative fiction, magical realism) by Haruki Murakami is going to get pushed down on the TBR pile.
I need some light reading this week. Nothing dense, sad, or scary… Suggestions?