As you can tell I am super behind on my monthly updates. In fact, it is January 2nd of 2018! But whatevs, updates are updates. If I remember correctly, October was a pretty busy reading month for me – with the help of Dewey’s readathon of course. And I was able to keep that momentum up until Thanksgiving where I got busy hosting and cooking and entertaining kids of all ages (see next month’s update).
The Hangman’s Daughter (Oliver Pötzsch) ♠♠♠♠ and 1/2♠
I loved the theme of this book. It was a fast read and held my attention. I had two issues with the book. 1) The writing seemed immature and unpolished – is this an issue with translation or skill? I don’t know. But I think I will read the sequel in German. And 2) I wanted to read more about the actual hangman’s daughter. I know this is the first book in a series but I really hate when the content doesn’t hold what the title promises.
I’ve already summarized my thoughts and rated these books during my readathon wrap up post (here). All, in all, they were all special. I really should read children’s books and short stories more often.
The Color of Earth (Kim Dong-Hwa) ♠♠♠
The illustrations in this graphic novel are stunning. They’re whimsical yet powerful. They speak of deep-rooted culture but seem contemporary and novel. I love the idea of having a coming-of-age graphic novel. A major problem with this one though is its antiquated views of women. I don’t understand how the author was able to handle getting your first period so eloquently and natural but then depicted men putting women in their place and women just accepting it. How is it possible that the author is simultaneously progressive and outdated? I am going to read the two sequels and see what happens.
El Deafo (Cece Bell) ♠♠♠♠♠
What a special book. Hearing and hearing loss are near and dear to my heart (since I am an auditory neuroscientist) and Cece Bell did a wonderful job taking a difficult topic and making it accessible to others. I am not deaf myself but I was able to relate to the main protagonist in a very real way. As I said in my Goodreads review, I am going to recommend this book to everyone.
The Monk (Matthew Lewis) ♠♠♠♠
I picked up this book for the RIP readathon and because it is widely recognized as the first gothic novel. I gotta be honest, this was a long read for me. It was hard to get into it at times, even though it had all my favorite things to read about: love, lust, deception, the devil, weird spiritual sacrifices, metaphors and allegories, as well as stubborn and outdated worldviews. While reading, I was certain this would be at most a 3 spade book, until I reached the ending. Peeps, the ending makes the whole novel!!!!! Also, the edition I had, came with an introduction by Stephen King and that was just the most amazing thing to read!
Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) ♠♠♠ and 1/2♠
This book came so highly recommended, I couldn’t wait to start reading it. … Well, it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. I wanted more history and descriptions of the highlands and less love story. My attention at times was completely in the story and then I found myself so bored that I only could get through by promising myself a break every 20 pages or so. The book also felt way too long! Are 800 pages really necessary? I think I am going to read the sequel but I am not sure yet.
Through The Woods (Emily Carroll) ♠♠♠♠
Another RIP read. It felt very adult and very creepy. Just the kind of graphic novel I like. Also, that cover page is one of my favorite things I’ve ever seen.