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!


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12 comments:

  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!

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  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.

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

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  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!

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

    Happy reading!

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  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.

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  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!

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

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

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  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.

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  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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