Monday, April 5, 2010

Weekend Book-O-Rama



Between an extra day off on Friday and a slight, non-serious illness, I broke the book bank this weekend.

I read Sugar Rush and The Bermudez Triangle, two YA books about lesbian first love. Neither had particularly happy endings, but both were fast-paced and had a strong sense of humor, and despite the endings, both featured characters coming to terms with their sexuality and being okay with it, which was good to see.

I read Margo Lanagan's novel Tender Morsels, a gripping and somewhat disturbing YA fantasy novel about growing up and living your own life. It's got some tough scenes, but a good message about how a completely protected life isn't a real life.

Sarah Waters's The Little Stranger is a ghost story in the mold of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw or Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House where we can never be quite sure if the malevolent presence is real or psychological.

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon is a brilliant novel about identity theft and, unsurprisingly, identity itself. Multiple storylines weave together to form a Pulp-Fiction-esque tapestry of interwoven characters.

And finally I feasted on Allison Hoover Bartlett's The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, the true story of John Gilkey, who has stolen thousands of dollars worth of rare books. Gilkey is a fascinating character, but Bartlett's peek into the world of rare book dealers and collectors is equally fascinating.

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