Sunday, March 9, 2008

The House of Paper

What an odd, strange, yet wonderful little book. I finished this book in less than a day (it's only 103 pages). I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was actually quite fascinating. It's almost like a book-lovers min mystery. I didn't quite get all the Latin American literature references, but that's okay. I can't stop thinking about how someone would turn all of their books in to bricks with cement and then build a house out of them. I think it's going to be one of those images that it is going to stick with me. That is what I love about magical realism, I think. Anyhow, a perfect little book for any book lover.

So Many Books, So Little Time

This book was mildly entertaining. There were some good antidotes on some interesting books. I felt for one that this book was a bit dated. She referred to some books as bestsellers at the time and how people were going crazy over them, when obviously it was 5 years ago. She picked some interesting choices, but honestly I wish she had talked more about the books than she did about her family. I do understand that this is supposed to actually be a memoir type book, but she yapped a lot about her husband and kid, which I could have done without most of the time. She also did a lot of name dropping --certain authors who she knew and such, which at times I thought tacky. That being said, it was an interesting concept and I did find myself laughing or relating to things through out the book could feel her pain about reading books that someone had recommended to her for sure! I know I have gone through that… So no, it wasn't at all boring, but nothing to jump for joy about, in my opinion.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Love, Stargirl

This book took me longer than I expected, considering this book is technically for teenagers. I loved Stargirl and this book was no disappointment as a follow up. The language in these books for one, is spectacular. You never quite know where the book is going to go. I loved, loved, loved the characters in this book. Dootsie is my favorite, but they are all so vivid. The relationships between the characters is both touching and real. Nothing is fake, which I appreciated. I loved the books now as an adult and if I were a teenager, I am sure these would have been my absolute favorites. This was beautifully written.