Friday, February 1, 2013

Extra Books - January

My reading habits are suffering this term because of the large amounts of reading (articles + books) I have to do for school...I am making steady progress with The Lord of the Rings and The LotR: A Reader's Companion (196 and 141 pages, respectively). Here are a few books I read casually.
  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith
    • Date read: 16 January to 18 January
    • Published: April 2007
    • Genre: Slice-of-life/detective fiction
    • Why I picked it up: Fan of the series
    • Rating: 3 stars
    • My Thoughts:
      • Not a whole lot to say on this...I don't usually even put up a short review of this series but I thought I'd note that I found it a bit more 'uncomfortable' than the others, what with the outcome of the hospital dilemma and Mma Makutsi's actions, but that doesn't mean it was worse than the others. I'd judge it as being on par with the rest of the series. As usual, a fun, casual read.
  • Grafitti New York by Eric Felisbret
    • Date Read: 12 January to 20 January
    • Published: October 2009
    • Genre: Non-fiction
    • Why I picked it up: Was browsing library for books for a comics research paper; stumbled upon this and thought it looked interesting
    • Rating: 4 stars
    • My Thoughts:
      • A very thorough and enlightening read on the history of graffiti in New York. Lots of comments from writers throughout the decades, photos, input from law enforcement, description of techniques and supplies, etc.
  • Double On-Call and Other Stories by John Green
    • Date read: 21 January
    • Published: January 2013
    • Genre: Young adult fiction
    • Why I picked it up: Fan of John Green (I usually go for the John Green writing perk for the P4A)
    • Rating: 3 stars (see below!)
    • My Thoughts:
      • A neat insight into early writings that grew into The Fault in Our Stars. Therefore, particularly a great read considered alongside TFIOS. Otherwise, while not the most technically accomplished collection (obviously, given it's nature), it's a rather interesting collection of abandoned writings. I liked noting

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