Adventures in Reading July 27 — August 2, 2015

Image property of Jim Krusoe and Dalkey Archive Press

Image property of Jim Krusoe and Dalkey Archive Press

What did I read (and finish) this week? Look below to find out.

Iceland by Jim Krusoe (2002). This novel follows Paul, a man who goes to get a new organ because his is failing and ends up having sex with/falling in love with the organs’ handler. I can’t tell you what else happens because I quit after less than 50 pages. The writing was garbled and self-serving and everything about it screamed “Guy from my MFA.” Save yourself the time; don’t read this.

Lame by J. Torres (2014). This short graphic novel follows Cyborg, a member of the Teen Titans, as he goes around stopping Cinderblock, getting a girlfriend, and reaffirming that he is awesome. Overall, it’s a pretty lame book that even kids might find boring. Don’t recommend.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (2013). This novel follows, Cath, a geek girl supreme who just started college and is trying not to have a never-ending panic attack. She also has to deal with her twin sister Wren essentially abandoning her, her bipolar dad trying and failing to keep it together, a shitty writing partner, and completing her magnum opus fanfic before the final book of the series comes out. Also, there’s a love story. This book is incredibly cute, and it has some of Rainbow Rowell’s strongest writing. I’ve gone into detail here about why I love this book, but it’s just well-written, interesting, and refreshing. This is the third time I’ve read it, and I fully recommend it to everyone.

Image property of Crown

Image property of Crown

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (2015). This debut novel follows Carolyn, a Librarian who is working with/against her adopted siblings to overthrow her magical, almost omnipotent Father and gain control of reality. It’s a fairly convoluted book filled with childhood and familial angst, some very cool creatures, and a lot of sadness. The first 250 pages are amazing, and I couldn’t put the book down. However, the last fourth to third is anticlimactic and wandering, almost like Hawkins hit his climax and didn’t know where to go from there. It was honestly a bit disappointing. I recommend the book but warn that it’s pretty graphic and you may not like the ending.

Hana-Kimi (For You in Full Bloom) by Hisaya Nakajo (1996 – 2004) ch. 1 – 59. This manga follows Mizuki, a Japanese girl who leaves her American life to pursue and befriend her favorite Japanese high jumper. She ends up enrolling in his school (which is all-boy) and has numerous adventures, though none more important than falling in love with her high jumper Sano. By chapter 59, Sano has long figured out that Mizuki is a girl and that he’s in love with her. Mizuki has finally admitted that she’s in love with him too, but neither are doing anything about it. We’re right at the Christmas inter-school dance. It’s a cute manga.

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