Last month I read a mix of adult and children's books and I had a great time reading, not least because of the super-fun Mini Readathon that Tika hosted. It was the first one I'd ever participated in and it was perfect: perfect length, perfect food-to-books ratio, perfect audience participation. I can't wait for the next one.
here and while I don't exactly pan it, I don't heap it with praise, either. For balance check out this review, which claims that it's a "remarkable and uncompromising saga." I mean, that makes me want to roll my eyes and imagine that that particular reviewer doesn't actually read many books, but whatever. Lots of folks I know in the book world (publishers, editors, marketing people, reps, booksellers) really do love this one.
Here is my review of the actual book. I will only add that the audio book is even funnier because Sedaris reads it himself. Oh, and also that the weird, short, first-person segments in the book that are clearly not Sedaris essays and which break up the flow of the narrative are explained on the audio: they're for the youth to recite at forensics competitions (allegedly). On the audio they appear all together at the end, with a brief explanation but in the physical books they're interspersed with his actual essays with no explanation at all. They really were a little jarring, as I recall.
where they compile the 89 books they're most looking forward to for 2014: "A MacArthur genius, a 5 Under 35 awardee, and a 20 Under 40 recipient all walk into a bar and take a single seat, because it's one person and his name is Dinaw Mengestu." In other words, this is a writer to pay attention to. This book is very well done and I hope to write a review eventually. I'm also going to take a moment to be commercial and mention that I liked the book so much that our store selected it for our signed First Editions Club. Which means that I have about 45 days to modulate my fangirl behavior before meeting him and shaking his hand.
What about y'all? Have you read any of these? What was good for you in January? And do you like using Goodreads goals/challenges for the year?