Oh my friends. I swear they pick books just to hear my reaction. Neil Gaiman is not in my wheelhouse and neither is mythology. I know nothing about mythology, be it Norse or Greek. But my friends chose American Gods and so American Gods I read. The chapters in this book titled Coming to America are all about Gods from mythology (I think) who come to America and the implication is that you know who Gaiman is talking about. I do not. So I think some of that went over my head. I wasn’t in love with the story and I’m not super into mythical things. However, it was original and interesting and I finished. Shadow is a great character and so is Wednesday. I loved them both.
“It is the story of Shadow—released from prison just days after his wife and best friend are killed in an accident—who gets recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic trickster, Mr. Wednesday. So begins Shadow’s dark and strange road trip, one that introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.”
I will definitely be watching the show – – or at least as many episodes as I’m interested in – – to see how it shakes out. If you’re interested in reading it, it’s a great audiobook with a full cast of character voices. Highly recommended on that front.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a bestseller in a genre you don’t normally read and a book based on mythology
I am almost almost almost done with the book.
“On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery… Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel – in its form and voice – completely unlike anything you have read before.”
This book took me awhile. Over a month. I finished it for a discussion with friends, otherwise I would’ve abandoned long ago. There were parts at the end that I highlighted and will enjoy discussing with them. But overall, it’s not for me and I wasn’t in love with it like they were.
I first checked it out on audiobook. It is written almost like a play with many many characters. The audio book boasts a cast of 166 narrators, which is something I had to experience for myself. I liked the way the audio presented the story much more than I liked reading the book.
I changed my rating from a 2 to a 3 solely based on the distinctive writing style, I’ve never seen it in anything else. Having read a bit about George Saunders this isn’t surprising. It’s his first novel. Ever. So he obviously had to start with a bang!
Interview with George Saunders in Kirkus
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection (technically not a play but it is def written like one – so I’m counting it)
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book from a nonhuman perspective (ghost)
I don’t read science fiction or fantasy very much. I know there are people out there who will be upset that I even put those two genres together. Name of the Wind is shelved in the sci fi fantasy section at Barnes and Noble. I know, because that’s where I bought it and that’s where I first saw it when the second book came out and I was working at a B&N. This is specifically a fantasy. From my limited knowledge, there is nothing sci fi about it. I’ve loved the covers since I first saw them 5+ years ago but never picked them up because the genre is not my thing.
But then I did pick it up. And it was very good! I was surprised I stuck with it. I bought the mass market paperback and it’s a whopping 722 pages. Which isn’t saying much because I’ve also purchased the second one and it’s 1107 pages. Whether I’ll actually read the second one is another thing entirely. But I did read the first one. Let me talk about it before I get distracted again.
It’s a story within a story. Which I love. It’s kind of like having multiple POVs. Kvothe, the main character, is telling his life story in the present (technically the past but the present of the book anyway). We as the reader go back in time to follow that story while also being pulled to the present for occasional commentary. The premise of the story is that Kvothe, a trouper, is a newly made orphan whose only desire is to go to University. He eventually gets there after a crazy amount of trials and tribulations that sometimes go longer than they’re good for. At it’s heart the book is a hero story and a love story. There’s a climactic event at the conclusion of the book in both the past and the present. I didn’t love the present ending but I’m going to at least start book two. I’ll probably get pulled away, series are hard to complete for me these days. I’m also a bit worried because book three isn’t out yet, not even rumors.
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book that’s more than 600 pages
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book that is a story within a story
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : read a fantasy novel
Here is a full list of the Cybil Winners of 2016! I was a judge last year and enjoyed it immensely. Here are some overlaps with other youth awards that have happened.
The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz won for audiobook, it was also a Newbery Honor book this year.
Giant Squid by Candance Fleming won for elementary non-fiction, it was also a Sibert Honor this year.
Ghost by Jason Reynolds won for middle grade fiction (which was my category last year).
Sachiko by Caren Stelson won for middle grade non-fiction, it was also a Sibert Honor like Giant Squid.
March : book three by John Lewis won for young adult graphic novel. I won’t even try and tell you everything else it won this year, there are too many.
Okay, I finished. According to my Goodreads account I have read / listened to Discovery of Witches four times since 2012. That’s essentially once a year. I have only read books 2 & 3 once when they first came out in 2012 & 2014. Now someone, another person I know who loves these books, said there’s going to be a fourth! I’ve heard no news of that and I follow the author on Facebook. However, having read the third book a second time now and looking at my past review of it I can say that it’s open ended enough that a fourth book isn’t completely out of the question.
You guys. I have been in the biggest reading slump. Literally, I’ve read nothing. In order to get myself back on the bandwagon I re-listened to Discovery of Witches. That book always gets me. I love it. The last time I listened to it was in February. Before it was a once every two years thing. This year is a twice in one year thing. But I’m okay with it. Typically I don’t continue on to books two and three but I think I might this time.