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I've recently read a ton of graphic novels and memoirs - some I loved and others not so much but were still a thrill to read. Guts by Raina Telgemeier I am always on the lookout for Raina Telgemeier's comics, so when I found Guts available at my library's Overdrive catalog last year, I had to request it right away. Her comics are always delightful, designed for the middle-grade audience, and written very well. Guts is a continuation of her Smile nonfiction graphic memoir series (see Smile and Sisters ) and recounts a period in her childhood when she experienced IBS for the first time. When Raina wakes up one night with an upset tummy, she just assumes it's a stomach bug as her mom is also showing the same symptoms. But when it doesn't go away soon but is instead influenced by the daily highs and lows of being a middle grader - good friends, not so good ones, and then the bullies, she realizes there's something else going on. If you have not read the previous

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- Jan 04, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading this week?
This is a weekly event hosted by J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog to celebrate what you are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.

Books completed last week
Zilch! I was on vacation and I could hardly find the time to lift a book. But now I have one lazy week ahead of me, and I just can't wait to get back to reading!!

I am currently reading

Haunted Ground by Erin Hart - This book has been lying on my bookshelf for 4 months. I have forever been picking it up to read and then putting it back after reading the first page. I feel the first page of a book is very important. If the first page turns me off, then I will keep bumping it down on my TBR shelf. Finally last week, when I found I only had immediate access to this book, I managed to get past the first page. Now, I am 83 pages in, and the story is gripping. Erin Hart has created a good double suspense, separated by centuries and I can't wait to see how she relates them.

My reading plans for the next week

The Bell JarThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: I've wanted to read this book for ages. I am real curious to find out how this successful woman, Esther Greenwood, gets through her mental breakdown. After reading this, I want to understand how this story was apparently a distress call for help by Sylvia Plath, who herself committed suicide at the age of 30.

Night Runner by Max Turner: A novel about a boy who doesn't yet know he's a vampire, and is on a race against time to trace his past and learn about some of the mysteries of his life.

Check out what others are reading here!

Comments

Marie said…
I read Haunted Ground a while back and I agree that it didn't grab me right away but it turned out to be really good!
Anonymous said…
I want so badly to read Night Runner by Max Turner and haven't had the time yet.
Athira said…
Marie, I am glad Haunted Ground eventually turned out to be worthwhile.

J. Kaye, I hope you get to read Night Runner some time soon.
Stephanie said…
The cover of Night Runner is kind of mesmerizing. I really liked The Bell Jar. I was in high school, and I was suffering from depression myself so it really spoke to me. I also enjoyed Plath's poetry.
Athira said…
Laughing Stars, I really love the cover art of Night Runner. I went through a breakdown last year, and that made me more interested in The Bell Jar than ever.