Thursday 26 March 2009

Reading List: Books Read in March

Oh yeah, this is a regular thing now. I attempt to keep track of the books I've read in a year. I stopped recording last year, and I was annoyed, because I read some really good books, and now I feel like I have forgotten half of them. Read I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zusak and Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill! Read them! 

Books Read in March:

5 – Watchmen - Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

This was… interesting. I’m relatively new to the world of graphic novels, having read the first two Absolute Sandman volumes because I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s novels. I can appreciate how well done Watchmen is – the way they use the images to portray what is going on, often using methods more commonly seen in films and TV, like showing flashbacks through a different coloured filter, for example. The reason my review is sort of hesitant is because I couldn’t tell you if I liked it. It raises questions about our world and doesn’t really answer them, I suppose because it can’t. It left me feeling sort of uncomfortable and a bit confused. And kind of sick, too, but that was mostly because I was reading it in the back seat of a very bumpy car. I don’t know. I do recommend it, but it’s a strange one.  

6 – Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella

After Watchmen took me about three weeks to read, this took more like three days. In fact, I read the bulk of it in a two hour period whilst recovering in bed from my friend’s wedding. I never know with chick-lit. I’m quite a snob about it, really, because I’ve always been a Reader, and the point of chick-lit has always seemed to be that it is not aimed at Readers. Just at anyone. But I generally enjoy the books, although it does just feel like reading a friend’s blog, and the happy ending and all loose ends tied up aspect of books in this genre starts feeling frivolous after a while. But anyway. This book was fun – and I over-identified with the heroine, being something of a shopaholic myself. The whole thing about how much things actually cost, and how much you tell your mum they cost was SO true. Anyway, it was cute, and I recommend, and I will probably go and see the movie, but it’s not exactly the pinnacle of modern literature.

Currently reading:
The Dark Volume - G.W. Dahlquist

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