Wednesday, April 25, 2012
But now, books. I want to talk about books. I'm branching out a little this week from my mainly-steady reading diet of kids'/YA novels---although of course, I've got one of those in there---Falling In by Frances O'Roark Dowell, which begins with the sentence On the morning this story begins, Isabelle Bean was convinced she was teetering on the edge of the universe. and only gets lovelier from there. Definitely one of those stories where like, ten pages in, I was already wondering how quickly and from what library I could acquire the author's other novels. It's seriously charming, with a funny, current voice that's very sharply self-aware of the kidlit/fairy tale tropes it's playing with, and (so far, I guess I'm about halfway through) a very satisfying balance between humor and poignancy. ...Also, it's one of those books that makes me want to make things. In this case, I sort of want to crochet a fairy (even though the book has yet to feature, and probably will not ever feature, an actual fairy). Any pattern recommendations?
But I also grabbed a small volume of poetry to celebrate the tail end of National Poetry Month (I wanted to read some Edna St. Vincent Millay, but I'd walked to the library and the only poems of hers they had were in a collection too big to carry home!), Partly Cloudy by Gary Soto. It's been a long time since I've read any poetry, really, and this collection read fast and really authentically High School (it's all love poems from the POV of teenagers), it reminded me of the stuff I used to write when I was that age, but somehow without making me feel mortified about it, which was nice.
And I decided to try and encourage my inner geek with The Pluto Files, because while I love the night sky, I don't actually know anything about astronomy, and that's sad. I'm liking the book so far, Neil deGrasse Tyson's writing is funny and easy to follow (well. most of it. the explanation of what a parsec is sort of went over my head...). Poor Pluto. I was legitimately sad when it became an un-planet.
Linking up with WIP Wednesday and Yarnalong.