Monday, January 23, 2012

Short and Antsy

I mentioned yesterday I'm still in the midst of Madame Bovary, and while I'm still in the midst of it today, I did knock off another 50 pages or so last night. In my 740-page e-book  (it's usually half that in print), I'm on page 400. I hope I can have this one wrapped up this week. Heather and I have been discussing this one behind the scenes as we go, and I can't wait to dig in with her some more! So much to talk about.

Yesterday morning, I was feeling just a tad antsy with Madame B. so I decided to take Nancy's advice and start reading a smaller book to keep me feeling energized. I picked up Jessica Abel's graphic novel, La Perdida. My first encounter with Abel's work was back in 2009 when I read her funky vampire graphic novel, Life Sucks. I re-read my review of Life Sucks and it brought back a lot of the details that I'd forgotten. Abel has an interesting take on life and a distinct humor. I see it coming through in La Perdida, but I already have a few problems with it. I'll hold my judgement until I'm done, but I'm thinking a post on multi-ethnic literature and criticism is in order. 

I have a few review books I've accepted recently, so those are on the horizon immediately after MB and La Perdida. First up is Kergan Edwards-Stout's novel, Songs for the New Depression. I was already looking forward to this one, but even moreso since it's shortlisted in the GLBTQ category for this year's Indie Lit Awards. I admit, I'm woefully underread in GLBTQ lit, so this should be good! 

After posing my question yesterday about which book I should read next from my TBR, it looks like I Capture the Castle takes the cake! I'm planning to read it in the next couple of weeks, and I'm really excited about it! I have wanted to read it for a good 10 years. Lots of my fellow bookworms recommended it to me back when I was an active member of Yahoo! Groups, pre-blogging. 

And that's all that's shaking in my reading today. Greyson is off to daycare since my mom was kind enough to shuttle him this morning, I'm hunkered down with a cup of coffee, and I have a few minutes to myself. All I have left before I start the commute to work is to do are makeup and pick out an outfit for the day, so I have a few minutes to Tweet or read. I should read, but I'm leaning toward the Tweeting. 

I hope you all have a great Monday full of books!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila from BookJourney.


  1. Intriguing books on your list...I'll be watching for reviews. Enjoy!

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  2. I have wanted to read Madame Bovary for such a long time, but I fear it will be stuffy, and so it probably won't be one that I pick up right away. La Perdida sounds intriguing though, and I will be interested in hearing your impressions on it when you are done. I hope that you have a great week over there, Andi, and that you get some really good reading time in!

  3. Laurel, thanks!

    Heather, it isn't too bad. There have been specific parts that threaten to put me to sleep, but overall I like it. It's giving me lots to think about, and that's always the goal. La Perdida is definitely intriguing! Can't wait to write more about it.

  4. I'm impressed with you and Heather tackling Madame B! It would probably make me feel antsy too.

  5. I am so impressed with you and Heather tackling MB too. I don't think I could do it - I've never been too fond of the classics, other than P&P, unless they happen to be plays. I hope you like I Capture the Castle!

  6. I Capture the Castle is such a fun book, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

    Happy reading!

  7. Sounds like you have some good books in your reading queue. I can't wait to hear more about Madame Bovary. It is one I always felt I should read but haven't.

  8. Kathy, it's not too bad except for the sections that get rambly. I've skimmed a few of those, but nothing too serious. :)

    Belle, I like classics, I just have to make a concerted effort to work them into my reading diet. They're not torture (usually), and I almost always end up liking or appreciating them but it's much easier to choose contemporary works!

    It is a fun book, and thank you LS!

  9. Kathleen, so far so good! I haven't thrown it at anything. lol

  10. Ah! Yay! I Capture the Castle! I hope you love it. I reread it recently and loved it all over again.

  11. My mom loves Madame Bovary, and used to always want me to read it. I still haven't! But good on you for tackling the classic.

  12. I'm really interested in La Perdida, and would LOVE a critique of the kind you mentioned :) Good luck with Madame Bovary; I managed to push through it--and enjoy it--last year, but I do remember feeling bogged down by it as well.


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