I finished my first book of the year, my re-read of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for #Potterbinge! This has been my favorite of the series in the past, and while it's still UP THERE, I got fairly bogged down. I was itching to read something different, so I took a little break and did just that.
In the past week, I've finished...
2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino was cute, and by cute, I mean charming but just sort of "meh." I probably won't do a full review, so consider this my mini. This follows three protagonists: a plucky, foul-mouthed, nine-year-old jazz singer named Madeleine Altimari; Jack Lorca, owner of a well-established Jazz club whose business is banging on the rocks; and Sarina Greene, Madeleine's teacher who's returned to Philly after her divorce. The story plays out on Christmas Eve Eve (the reason I decided to pick it up now), and hijinks ensue, multiple storylines cross in fortuitous ways. Trust me, there's nothing really bad about this one, but it didn't hit quite the right...note...for me right now.
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt was everything I needed and more. I'll post a full review tomorrow, but this is THE BOOK I WILL CRAM DOWN YOUR THROAT FOR A WHILE. You're warned.
I posted this really pretty picture of books on Instagram, and then I didn't pick up any of these books like I said I was planning to...because fickle.
What I'm ACTUALLY reading now...
I'm sure this is no big surprise given yesterday's post about books I'm jonesing to read. I jumped right into Lucy Knisley's new graphic memoir, Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride. I'm only about a third of the way in, but this is a good one, y'all.
When I woke up an hour before my alarm this morning, I picked up Freedom Fries and Cafe Creme by Jocelyn Rapinac. I've had this one on my reader for ages, so what better time than the present? I actually didn't realize until I started poking around on Goodreads that this is a short story collection with food at it's core with stories set in each month of the year. I'm pretty stoked about that because I wasn't sure if I was feeling the first chapter. I'll be glad to meet a variety of characters. I'm also slightly concerned because the writing feels stilted. Based on my experience with Gallic books (love them and the quality of their books!) in the past, I suspect this might be a specific translator/translation issue. We'll see how it shakes out.
Finally, I'm on to Order of the Phoenix for #Potterbinge. When I first read this volume years ago it was a bit slow going for me, but I have re-read it one other time, and I liked it much better. We'll see how this third reading goes. I had a hell of a time getting Google to cough up the special edition cover image, so you get the special edition BACK cover image. Just as pretty. And I love Neville...especially in this book.
And in case you're into challenges, all of these qualify for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, and Cat's Pajamas, Mr. Splitfoot, Something New, and Freedom Fries are ALL on my e-reader for the Clean Your Reader challenge. GO ME!
I'm pretty sure this is the first time I'm participating in this meme since Kathryn from The Book Date started hosting It's Monday! What Are You Reading? A big thank you to her for carrying on what Sheila from BookJourney most generously started.
What are YOU reading?