Reading Update

Read Prep: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld last week during my hideous trip to Las Vegas. It was a surprise best-seller. I see why it was a surprise but I’m puzzled why it was a best-seller. It’s totally a YA novel, similar to Looking for Alaska or A Separate Peace. And it has a similar narrator to those–a passive onlooker, filled with longing, wanting to fit in but not quite. It is extremely “telly,” as children’s writers say, always admonishing each other to “Show, Don’t Tell.” And the narrator is such an annoying loser. You want to slap her around, like Cher in Moonstruck. Get a grip! Still, I read it all, fully entered the world, enjoyed it sort of, but it was really depressing and made me hate and distrust men, which is always an issue anyway.

Here’s the latest list:

13. Prep: A Novel, Curtis Sittenfeld
12. The Eiger Obsession: Facing the Mountain that Killed My Father, John Harlin III
11. Songs of the Humpbacked Whale, Jodi Piccoult
10. So Not the Drama, Paula Chase
9. The Fugitive Wife, Peter C. Brown
8. The Sea, John Banville
7. Looking for Alaska, John Green
6. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
5. The Night Journal, Elizabeth Crook
4. The Ice Queen, Alice Hoffman
3. Blood and Chocolate, Annette Curtis Klause
2. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman
1. The End, Lemony Snickett

have reread:
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
3. Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

started but bogged down:

3. The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
2. Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland
1. The Children of Hurin, Christopher

Still going on The Golden Bough.

3 thoughts on “Reading Update

  1. I positively adored Prep. In the end I am always drawn to stories that transport me. I can forgive nearly any flaw in plotting or character as long as you’ve done your job with setting. But I didn’t think Prep needed much forgiving anyway. I loved the narrator and overall felt it was very well written. I picked up her second book now that it’s out in paperback, but am too busy making sure I have all the Potters re-read in time to have started it yet. I’m in the middle of book 5 now.


  2. Now I’m reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Oddly similar to Prep. I can’t seem to stop reading books about high school.And again, I read it in a dream unbroken.


  3. The Man of My Dreams turns out to be more of the same. Often unlikeable heroine doing lots of navel-gazing but very few of the things that usually make a story a story, such as, I dunno, events. This is exactly the kind of book I normally hate but for some reason I like it when Sittenfeld does it.


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