Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
I’ve been wanting to read American Gods, and I found it new for $5.95 at Strand. I’ve also been wanting to get A Confederacy of Dunces for a long time, and I found a like-new copy at the KPL Friends bookstore for $2.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (re-read)
Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (re-read)
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli (library)
Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume (re-read)
I re-read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince before going to see the movie. I did really enjoy the movie, I think it was extremely well done. I also think that this movie, even more than any of the others, shows how much of the story you miss if you only watch the movies. There was so much that had to be left out of the movie – so much of Tom Riddle’s history that was fascinating to learn.
I also re-read Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. I had read this, and the sequel (Second Chances) during my first year of college. The third book came out a few years later, which I bought but never got around to reading. Since then two more books in this series came out (the fifth one is the final). I remembered the first two as being light, fun books and was sorry that I hadn’t kept up with the series. So I decided to start again from the beginning and re-read the first two and go on to read all five. Sloppy Firsts was very fun to read again – it’s different from a lot of what I’ve been reading lately and it’s a great book for summer. I’m looking forward to the next four.
Asterios Polyp is a new graphic novel by David Mazzucchelli. It’s extremely impressive, and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I checked it out of the library, but I know I’m going to need to buy my own copy sometime soon. I definitely recommend reading it. If you’re interested, there’s a five page excerpt posted on NYTimes.com.
Rather impulsively, I sat down outside while in Michigan and re-read all of Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. I hadn’t read this in years, and it was fun to re-read it. It’s one of the quintessential coming of age books that no girl’s childhood should be complete without reading.
My full Polysyllabic Spree list is located here.
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