Reading Update #10

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Reading Update: It is Monday, March 10, and as of today I have read 22 books toward my goal of 52. Yep — one book in a whole week, and it was a graphic novel (Saints). I am On A Roll.

So. Saints.


Saints is the second act (companion piece? flip side of the coin?) of Boxers, which I’d read and commented on last week. Ultimately, I was disappointed by Saints; it was noticeably shorter and, IMHO, lesser than its other half. My perspective of self, faith, history, etc., was challenged by the first book, but the second merely seemed like a story. I wanted to be shaken up all over again, y’know? Sooooo… final verdict is, definitely read these. But read them back-to-back, without a delay in between, and don’t expect Saints to be as devastating and groundbreaking as Boxers. Everyone needs to read BoxersSaints — well, it probably didn’t need to be written, honestly. Boxers would be just about as good without it. But that’s just my opinion, and I know it won’t be shared by a lot of readers/reviewers, so take it or leave it.

Currently Reading: Last week I got less reading accomplished because I was setting up and running a used book sale in our library, which made for a great deal of dangerous temptations for the impulsive book-collector. I bought a lot of fascinating looking books.

Of those, I’ve started reading City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte and Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion by Alan Goldsher. Strictly speaking, I am not loving either one — but I’m reading them, and that counts for something.

Looking Ahead: A sampling of the intriguing orphaned books I’ve adopted and may be picking up in the near future:

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One thought on “Reading Update #10

  1. Okay, this is going to be hard for you to believe, so brace yourself. For most of my life, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been my favorite book. But then I read “Matterhorn,” and it (to me) is even better. I simply cannot recommend it enough. The dialogue is so, so…savory. It is exactly how people talk, and it is exactly what you’d expect them to be saying to each other in Vietnam. OMG, it is just so incredible. I envy you getting to read it for the first time.

    I finally got through my re-read of the second “Song of Ice and Fire” book, finished a Black Widow graphic novel yesterday, and have started on Caitlin Moran’s, “How to Be a Woman,” which is quite funny so far.

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