Monthly Archives: April 2010

April 2010 Reads

Plans for an Awesome April was bust. I mean, I made a freaking list and everything. But, well, an awesome job called. And yes, my boss might be reading this. Hawh. What basically happened was, a] I didn’t have as much time to read books, b] and when I did have time, I usually gravitated […]

marginalia || This is Just Exactly Like You, by Drew Perry

I think I read This is Just Exactly Like You, debut novel by Drew Perry, over the span of a month. And though I am frankly not sure whether this is my problem–have been maddeningly busy these past couple of weeks–or the book’s. Still. I like this one enough–what I truly read of it. I mean, […]

marginalia || Love Story, by Erich Segal

I’m not even supposed to own this book, for goodness’ sake. I’d seen this thin paperback with its happy little cover displayed for months now, and I kept thinking, Meh. But two nights ago. God, ‘twas a weak night. I panicked. I was chilling at a coffee shop, and I soon realized that the book […]

postscript || The Unnamed, by Joshua Ferris

I can’t help it.  The Unnamed, novel by Joshua Ferris, has clasped its jaws around me. Here’s a long-ass quote from the novel, which I struggled not to include in my review, because that would be so pushing it. But yeah, I hereby push: Maybe he had two kids, maybe he abused cocaine in club stalls—she […]

marginalia || The Unnamed, by Joshua Ferris

Ideally, this post would go: “Dude, I just read The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris, and it was frakking awesome.” And then it’d end there. But I think I have to at least try to articulate what a marvel this book is, although this is obviously going to be a struggle for me. Nearly everyone praised […]

marginalia || The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne

I don’t have as much free time as I did before, resulting in rather random choices for reading material—my plans for an Awesome April isn’t quite going as planned (failing to participate in the Readathon I’d long waited for, among others). The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne was never in my reading […]

marginalia || It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

There are characters you “approve of” or admire as an element of the craft, there are characters you’d marvel at if they were ever real, there are characters who become human. And then there are those characters that you identify with, whether this damns you or not. Craig Gilner, the fifteen-year-old protagonist of It’s Kind of […]

marginalia || Claude and Camille, by Stephanie Cowell

Obligatory quote: They were both astonished to have found each other. You are not a dream, they whispered to each other in the middle of the night. Huff. When I did my review of Sunflowers: A Novel of Vincent van Gogh (Sheramy Bundrick), Holly brought the novel Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell to my attention. […]

marginalia || You Know You’re A Writer When, by Adair Lara

You catch yourself patting your laptop when you close it down. So guilty of this. When I got off from work last night (barely making it to catch Glee, haha), I stopped by the BookSale for some good-natured spelunking. Wanted a quick read to keep me company while I munched on my shawarma sandwich. And […]

marginalia || The Blindfold, by Siri Hustvedt

#65 of 2010 • The Blindfold—the first novel (1992) of Siri Hustvedt. [I not-quite digress: Part of Hustvedt’s bio reads, “She lives in Brooklyn with her husband,” and I was this close to scribbling WHO HAPPENS TO BE PAUL AUSTER. But, well, Siri beat me to it; The Blindfold is, quite clearly, dedicated to her husband. […]