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Wednesday Reading Meme

What I’ve Just Finished Reading

I read Barbara Robinson’s The Best Halloween Ever, which I impulse-bought last week, and… I’m actually pretty sure I read this before, and totally forgot about it because it’s a totally forgettable book. OH SELF.

What I’m Reading Now

I got this year’s Newbery book, The Girl Who Drank the Moon! It seems promising so far! Admittedly, so far I’ve only read about five pages…

I’ve also gotten started a book from the Unread Book Club, Robin McKinley’s A Knot in the Grain, which is a collection of short stories that I have long owned and vaguely meant to read and never quite gotten around to because, honestly, I’ve never been that hot on either short stories or Robin McKinley. Or, I mean, I enjoy McKinley’s books - I have fond memories of both Beauty and Rose Daughter, say; but if you asked me to tell you which of those two Beauty and the Beast retellings was which, I’d be dead in the water. They don’t stick in my mind.

Although I will probably remember the Death of Marat dessert in Sunshine to my dying days. Also the cinnamon rolls that sold out every day, and Sunshine’s customers tried to bribe her to keep some behind the counter for them. Mmmmm.

Anyway! A Knot in the Grain is okay so far. The stories feel a bit insubstantial, which is the problem I often have with short stories: there’s not enough time to really get to know the characters or the world. Although so far they’ve all taken place in the same world as The Hero and the Crown (another McKinley book I’ve read but barely remember), which presumably helps if you do remember it.

What I Plan to Read Next

I was planning to read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell for my next reading challenge (“a book over 600 pages long”), but I might change that to Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism if the library gets it to me in time. It seems everyone else has decided 2017 is a good time to read that book, too.

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But, no, you should just stick with JSMN, always a good choice! ;-)
The library probably won't get me The Origins of Totalitarianism until July or so, so I'll have to stick with JSMN by default. I wonder if I can use The Origins of Totalitarianism to fulfill one of my other reading challenges. It's probably stretching things a little to use it for current events...
Hey, if it's relevant...
So it wasn't actually the best Halloween ever? :(

JSMN is one of those books that I feel I might like but might not and I don't want to put the effort into finding out, for some reason. Maybe hype aversion? I don't normally suffer too much from hype aversion, but I'm afraid it might be operating here.

Speaking of dictators and whatnot, there was a book I read & immediately thought of you, but now I can't remember what it was! Someday! (it was not The Hunger Games)
IDK, I just find the book really anticlimactic. And it also feels weirdly like the world has gotten stuck in 1955, which is also true of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and The Best School Year Ever, but it didn't bother me there, maybe because I was just more engaged overall.

Nooooo obviously what I need in my life is more books about dictators to read! Let me know if you remember it again.