MY FAVORITE SUBJECT. What people are reading, and what they think about it. So here I am again to tell you what I’ve got on my reading plate, and to ask you what you have on yours. Is it awesome is it boring is it the best thing you’ve ever read? Tell me in the comments and make my day. These posts and all the interesting responses are always a bit of light for another dark winter’s day.
Originally I thought I would only write a new “what i’m reading” post when I had finished reading all of the books from the previous post. Well, joke’s on me. I have officially given up on Michael Ende’s Momo (for now, maybe I’ll try again after I read The Neverending Story), and I just haven’t felt like reading M.F.K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf. Other books have called, and I have answered. These are the books I’m currently conversing with:
The Magician King by Lev Grossman. I think it was Books, Brains, and Beer who finally convinced me to read Grossman’s Magician’s trilogy. With all the hype and my love of Harry Potter and any sort of commentary on the love of fantasy literature itself, it was inevitable that I would read these. It wasn’t inevitable that I would love them, but that’s what happened, and here I am secretly reading The Magician King when I should be trying to finish all of the other things I’ve started and am avoiding. I love the image of a fairly average American college student (apathetic, often drunk, hipster-ish, ironic about the coolest things) planted into a fantasy story. (Quote of the week: “This forest is enchanted as balls.” What?!?! Hahahahaha. Oh my pod.) I also love the way Grossman gives his characters a chance to have a stereotypical epic fantasy adventure, and they choose something much more mundane, more “realistic” every time. An interesting commentary on growing up, and fantasy novels, and reality, and life.
die Bibel retold by Philippe Lerchermeier, illustrations by Rebecca Dautremer. This is the most gorgeous Bible I have ever seen. I can’t believe I am reading the Bible. The retellings are as delightful as the illustrations. I will never finish this book because it is too big to take anywhere. I will force myself to finish this book. I am going to hell. Want to come?
Die Seiten der Welt (The Pages of the World) by Kai Meyers. A big fat lit fetish story about books having power, giving power to people attuned to their magic. It’s been fun, though it contains a number of this genre’s usual tropes, and I’m currently stalled at page 300-something. There have been some wonderfully inventive creatures though (origami birds who live in a library and eat the paper mites, for example), and I look forward to the grand finale. I also look forward to closing the cover and knowing I conquered those 600 pages. It is starting to feel like a marathon. But I’m going to finish, so help me.
Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe. In the name of my 1000 Ways to End the World column, I’m reading all of the oldest apocalyptic literature I can get my hands on. Published in 1722, Journal of the Plague Year is the oldest I’ve found. But at the moment I am bored out of my mind by the (fake) non-fiction report style. Will there ever be a story? I doubt it. This is going to be one of those books I have to force myself through, ten pages at a time.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. This, though not my favorite Harry Potter book, is my current “I am too tired to read but don’t want to stop reading, night-time” audio book comfort listen. I am re-listening to the whole series, and I just keep thinking “fuck, Voldemort is such an asshole, why does anyone follow him?”. Still in love with Jim Dale’s voice, as I will be until the end of time.
My phone is in the photo because I am reading Journal of the Plague Year and The Magician King digitally there.
Now for the most important part: What are you reading? To the comments!