It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Original hosted by Sheila @ Book Journeys. Children's lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.
Original hosted by Sheila @ Book Journeys. Children’s lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.

This week, I finished:

  • Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton (comic strip collection, adult) — It’s a collection of comics from her website, so exactly as expected
  • How to Write a Novel by Melanie Sumner (adult) — Meh. I would’ve liked it more if the relationships and characters were a little more developed.
  • Jem and the Holograms: Showtime by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Sophie Campbell (YA, graphic novel) — Disappointing characterization with unnecessarily busy panels.
  • Romeo & Juliet adapted by Gareth Hinds (YA, graphic novel) — Great adaptation with a really sympathetic Romeo.
  • “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin (adult, short story) — Amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing. I just really loved this in ways I can’t explain. The ending burned a hole in my heart, and I sincerely feel like everybody should read it.

 Last week, I posted:

[wrap-up-posts week=”51″ year=”2015″ listtype=”ul”]

Currently reading:

I just started All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr last night, which is a pretty big deal in terms of popularity. We’ll see how it goes.

Oh, and I started Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton, and it is pretty delightful so far.


5 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading?

  1. I absolutely plan to read more Baldwin in 2016. He has so much passion, it practically sets fire to the page. I will look for this short story; I think the next one I read will be The Fire Down Below.


    1. Yes, that’s the perfect description of his work. I really want to read more of his essays, too. I am sadly underread in the Baldwin department, alas.


  2. I keep coming across James Baldwin references, and it’s starting to feel like a sign that I need to read more. It’s been years since I’ve read Baldwin. I’m trying to talk myself into joining a book club next month, and All The Light We Cannot See is the book choice for that meeting. I dutifully bought it a month ago and haven’t picked it up yet. The size is a bit daunting to me, though I am looking for another novel to sink into.


    1. The size IS daunting. However, the chapters are pretty short, so it hasn’t been difficult to read at all so far. It’s mostly a matter of interest for me at this point.


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