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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

Yet another Monday (Jan 23, 2012)


It's Monday! What are you reading this week?

Sheila @ Book Journey wants to know what we're reading. I'm only too happy to oblige!

So far this year, I've been reading slower and been more thoughtful while reading. I like it this way, because I appreciate the time and thought I've been putting into choosing a book to read. They may not turn out to be five-star reads (In fact, I've only had 1 four-star and two 3-star reads so far), but all three books left me feeling satisfied at the end, a feeling that doesn't always come to me. Moreover, since I'm not planning my reading in advance anymore (at least I haven't so far this year), I probably have only one book going at a time. Right now, it is Tayari Jones' Silver Sparrow, a candidate for the Indie Lit Awards in Fiction category. I'm enjoying it, but there won't be any of my thoughts published on the blog until the winner is announced.

Which pages were turned...
-  Lately, I've been in mood for some short fiction, a medium that I used to shun previously, simply because the brevity usually left much to be desired for me to sufficiently enjoy the read. So far, this month, I've tried two short stories, both available in the public domain - The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (read my review) and Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri from her short story collection, Unaccustomed Earth (will be posting the review next week). I've enjoyed both, so I will keep looking out for more short stories. But I doubt I'll be reading an entire collection anytime soon.
-  Last week, I read Banana Yoshimoto's The Lake - my first read by this author. Can't say I was impressed - I'll be posting my review next week, after I have thought more about it.

...And other news
-  In case you missed, here are my 2011 favorites and plans for 2012.
-  My guest post on Marjane Satrapi's Best and Worst over at Alyce's At Home with Books.
-  A potpourri of random thoughts that I wanted to talk about over the past few weeks.


Comments

The Yellow Wallpaper is quite thought provoking, don't you think?

Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader
Mystica said…
The Lake was also my first reading of her books. I was not impressed either.
Debnance said…
I vow every year to read more slowly. I agree with you that I enjoy my reading so much more when I slow down.

Here is my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I hope you will stop by!
bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
I really want to read The Silver Sparrow - it sounds right up my alley and I love that it's set in Atlanta.
Helen Murdoch said…
I have been debating about reading Lake since I remember really enjoying Banana's Kitchen many years ago. Maybe I'll keep debating...
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said…
I've been slow reading so far this  year too.
Tasha Gorringe said…
Have a fab week! See what I'm reading here. Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx 
Silver Sparrow looks intriguing.  Hope you have a wonderful week!

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zibilee said…
I have heard good things about Silver Sparrow, and  few had it on their best of lists for last year. I hope you enjoy it! I am still in the midst of my three very different reads, but I hope to be making some progress today!
Pussreboots said…
Enjoy your books. My last semester beings on Wednesday. This is my last week of reading tons for a while. Please come see what I'm reading.
Hope you enjoy Silver Sparrow. Tayari Jones is a very talented writer.
Silver Sparrow sounds interesting - I hope you are enjoying it!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd out
Athira / Aths said…
I definitely found it very thought-provoking. Some parts even incensed me a lot.
Athira / Aths said…
I was worried it was just me, so I'm glad to hear that I'm not alone. 
Athira / Aths said…
I never realized how speed was actually affecting my reading experience. So I'm glad I took the decision this time to try going slower. 
Athira / Aths said…
I hope you get to read it soon. It's definitely a wonderful book.
Athira / Aths said…
Haha! I hope I will feel an inclination to read Kitchen. I've heard a lot about that one. 
Athira / Aths said…
Yay! I'm trying to feel less bad about it.
Athira / Aths said…
Silver Sparrow is good so far! I can't wait to finish it. 
Athira / Aths said…
The book is really nice! I'm definitely enjoying it.
Athira / Aths said…
It is wonderful so far!
Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness said…
I've heard lots of good things about Silver Sparrow - I hope it's great!
Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness said…
I've heard lots of good things about Silver Sparrow - I hope it's great!
Athira / Aths said…
It is great so far! 
Athira / Aths said…
It is great so far!