11.28.2012

Reading life review

Number of books since last review: 7
Number of books read in 2012: 132
Complete list here.

The Silver Linings Playbook (Matthew Quick) Fiction. Between and during numerous appointments today, I read Quick's debut novel, which features a likable if troubled narrator. The story was both sad and sweet but not too much of either. More, the characters who served as Pat's support system were good people. Recommended.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) Fiction. A reread, this time with the Misses. *possible spoiler alert* This is, of course, the grandmother of the "unreliable narrator" plot twist, but what is truly remarkable is how well it holds up, even on rereading. Excellent.

Dracula (Bram Stoker) Fiction. With Mr. M-mv and the Misses; we all thoroughly enjoyed it. With such a slow, methodical build, though, we were somewhat surprised by how hasty the resolution seemed.

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me (Ellen Forney) Graphic memoir. Not as deftly handled as Alison Bechdel's work.

 ■ Bedbugs (Ben Miller) Fiction. Began as one sort of novel and gradually became an quick, entertaining horror story.

Stay Close (Harlan Coben) Fiction. Meh. Should have been more entertaining than it was.

My Ideal Bookshelf (Thessaly La Force, editor, Jane Mount, illustrator) Non-fiction.

In progress:

The Misanthrope (Molière) Play. With the Misses. In anticipation of The School for Lies at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Moby-Dick (Herman Melville) Fiction. Completed Chapter 13 of 135. The Misses and I are doing the Moby-Dick Big Read, a chapter a day, so we'll be on this into 2013. We're also enjoying Matt Kish's wonderful art book, Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page.

Here Comes Trouble (Michael Moore) Memoir. Listening to this compelling, author-narrated memoir while riding my bike each morning. (The bike is mounted on a trainer in the garage for the winter.)

Physics for Future Presidents (Richard A. Muller) Non-fiction. With Miss M-mv(i).

Shine (Lauren Myracle) YA fiction.

Quiet (Susan Cain) Non-fiction. 

The End of Your Life Book Club (Will Schwalbe) Non-fiction.  

Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 2 (Conor McCreery) Graphic fiction.   

2 comments:

Melissa Wiley said...

I look forward to your Reading Life reviews every month. Thanks for, gosh, seven years* of reliable recommendations, thought-provoking commentary, and general nourishment and delight.

*I know you've been blogging longer than that, but I found you in 2005, the year I began my own blog. A happy find!

Mental multivitamin said...

Thanks for the kind words!