End of September Review
The semester started and then I was hit by tons of vacation time. I feel as if I haven’t even started yet. Because of this, I was able to get a lot finished, most of all, the editing book I’ve been struggling to get to. I push myself into it and got it done in two days. Thanks a lot procrastination!
Books Read and/or Reviewed
First off, I was able to get a lot of reading done, especially now that I’m done with my writing project. The first book I completed was Catch-22. This book was a long time coming mainly because my brother always made it hard to read. That being said, I enjoyed it and the roundabout thinking it portrays. However, I don’t think I’d read the follow-up. Secondly, A Darker Side of Magic didn’t land so well. I found it to be childish and poorly written. On top of that, the plot was predictable and slow moving. I have no idea why this is a favorite of so many others. I will 100% not read the rest of the trilogy.
Then came The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Like other books I’ve read, it started out well and interesting with nice usage of words and then lagged for about one hundred and fifty pages until the end. After reading reviews for her other books, it sounds like it’s a trend. No more from this author. From here, I jumped to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep?—the classic novel that spawned the Blade Runner movie. It was awesome and well done. The world building for such a slim book was inspiring. He wasted no words and kept things moving, keeping some scenes full of suspense. Definitely made me want to explore other works by Dick.
Sadly, I followed up a classic like that with Smart Girls Get What They Want. This book felt like a kid wrote it. The plot was see-through. The writing was abysmal, and despite these girls—and one guy—being exceptionally smart, they were anything but. The fact that the main protagonist couldn’t decipher what I knew one-fifth into the book made me question her intellect. Trash. To level that off, I dove into Hiroshima. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. I bought it to read with a student who later left before we got around to it. It’s a tight little book, but well worth the read. It follows six characters immediately after the atomic bomb and then catches up with them forty years later. Tragic.
In there somewhere, I got through And The Mountains Echoed. This is Kite Runner’s third book and most challenging. Though it has amazing characters and beautiful writing, the tales are spun in overlapping ways that highlight the difficulty of doing the right thing. For this reason (the difficulty) many were turned off by it. For me, though, I can see he is maturing into more than just a mawkish storyteller. Another book sitting long on my shelf was The Good Earth. This Pearl S. Buck classic was fast and fun to reading, detailing the life of a Chinese indigent. The hardship he has to face is amazing and you can really see how disappointing life—wherever it’s lived—can be. Well done.
Lastly, I read A Void, by Perec. This books gimmick is that the author never uses the letter E except for in his own name. It is startling to see a 300-page book done in this manner. Even more so, the story is unbelievably tight and windy. Though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s definitely a book for hardcore readers. The captions at the end epitomize his goal, stating that language before us was different and after us will be so too. Where we use an ‘E,’ in the future, it may not be so. To top off my busy month, I also read for editing purposes the fourth Chewy Noh—Chewy Noh and the Legends of Spring.
Book Reviews Received
Not even worth mentioning, even with a new release (Chewy Noh and the Legends of Spring.) Sad.
Progress on 2016 goals
- Finish Chewy 5: Done!
- Read ‘The Recognitions’: Done!
- Compiling my Editing book: Woo hoo! Done, too, and for sale!
- Finish ‘All the Things in the Unknown World’: Done and in Beta Review.
- Send ATTITUW out to publishers: TBA
Next Month’s Agenda
As you can see above, I hope to get my latest book through its beta stage and move onto sending it to publisher. Along with that, I’ve upped my Goodread’s book challenge to 75 books. So I have about fifteen books left to go. I want to clean off my bookshelf more and hope to do so with the upcoming mid-terms.