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Guts / Ghosts / Pashmina | Thoughts

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

Looking back at a slow February (and plans for March)


Did February just get over? My reading just kind of fell flat last month mainly because work got busy and I began to do other things after coming home each day. Lately, it has been a game of Monopoly cards with the husband and our fathers who are visiting us now. I don't feel too bad really - it's nice to do something other than read or blog. But of course, it makes it so much harder to get back into reading or blogging - wondering how best to slide in without anyone noticing I was gone.

I read just three books this past month - one of which was the audio I was listening to in the car. Thank goodness for that.

Where'd You Go, BernadetteWe Bought a ZooThe Fault in Our Stars

My review backlog remains at five - same as last month. Which is good because at least I did write some reviews, but bad because I still have a backlog.

What I recommend: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Fun read of the month: We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee - this read kind of surprised me because of how much I got pulled into the story. Now I just need to go visit a zoo!

What I hope to read in March
March is likely to be just as bad as February. I have been looking for reads that won't take too much time to read but are still very compelling and great. Couple of days back, I started reading Elie Wiesel's Night. I had always assumed that the size of this book was misleading, that in fact it would be days before I got through it. On the contrary, it's a fast read, but a very moving one. I know I'll probably be following it up with the next two books in his trilogy. The next reads I pick may well be short story collections, unless I find that I'm reading more than doing anything else.

So that's my tentative plan for this month. What are you reading?


Comments

bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
You need to see the movie We Bought a Zoo now. You can blog about things besides books - I always enjoy seeing what my blogging friends are up to.
Aarti said…
Ooh, all three of those books have such great covers! I love book covers :-)

I really liked Night but haven't read the other books in the series - will be good to know what you think!
Helen Murdoch said…
I am so glad you've read Night, I think it really is powerful and one of the best Holocaust books out there
Both your fathers? FUN!
You didn't read a lot but it seems that you read quality stuff.
Tina Reed said…
My book club and I thought Night was very good. Short, but very powerful. And you are reading Fault?? Love. LOVE. Love that book!