"Temporality is part of the truth" -- Chuck Klosterman

Monday, November 28, 2011

If only I had more time...

I still haven't finished Crime and Punishment. But I have until January before my students will have read any of it, so I'm free to continue not reading it for now. For now, I'll read what I want. It usually takes me weeks to read a book. That's because I read several at once until I get nearish the end. Then I cruise through the rest. This solid technique often results in finishing a couple-few books around the same time, which is what happened this week (or so).

This short post is simply to direct you to my latest book reviews over to the left on the Shelfari. Just hover your mouse over the book, and my cogent review pops up for your perusal. Easy peasy Nice N Cheesy. But in case you're too lazy to do even that, here are the books, live and in technicolor, but with fewer words of wisdom from me.

The Crystal Bridge
by Charles M. Pulsipher
I've touted this book before on this here blog, but I've finally finished reading it. Read an interview with Charlie. Find his sweet blog at Notice Your World. Buy the book anywhere you want. It's in print. It's in the ebook ether. Just read it. Tell your friends.

The Magicians
by Lev Grossman
This is a surprisingly fun story mixing Harry Potter and Narnia. But it's not for kids.

by Pete Hautman
A National Book Award winner for YA Lit. I'm curious to read more by Hautman.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda 
Darth Paper Strikes Back
by Tom Angleberger

Nice, clever books where sixth graders know too much about Star Wars. With funny doodles.

But don't take my short, snarky word for it, take my more-thought-out word for it. Hover on over to the right and read my more complete reviews. Go on. No one's watching. You can do it!


  1. Great recommendations. I'm excited to read Godless, I usually enjoy the National Book Award Winners. And I've debated for a while about the Origami Yoda for my own kids. Maybe for Christmas.

    I don't know how you can read more than one book at a time. That's crazy. I'm definitely a one book at a time reader. But maybe I should convert, the stack of to-reads on my nightstand is getting dangerously tall.

  2. The books I'm reading right now are finishing up Genesis Earth by Joe Vasicek and starting IQ84 by Haruki Murakami

  3. I've got Charlies Crystal Bridge and Bryans Shadow Virus sitting on my Kindle for PC and haven't started either of them. I really need to sit down and read for a few weeks. Too stressed right now to enjoy anything. Hopefully after next week things will calm down and I can unwrap my brain and use it for something fun.

  4. Heh. I read multiple books at a time as well. I think that I do it because I read so fast it's the only way for me to make the pleasure last.

    You've piqued my interest about The Magicians!

  5. Interesting. I'm going to read Charlie's book, I swear! Just as soon as I have the time...

    The Magicians sounds intriguing too, we'll have to explore that one. :)

  6. @ Julie: I think my teenager will get more of a kick from the Yoda books than my pre-teener.

    And I can't read just one at a time. There are too many.

    @ Michael: Apparently IQ84 is getting more and more traction. I haven't heard this much about a Murakami book ever. I'm anxious to read it.

    @ darev: I hate it when your brain is only being used for serious pursuits and work. A brain needs fun, too.

    @ Amy: I read too slowly. It takes me forever to read anything. While my wife reads something like Dance with Dragons or Deathly Hallows in a day or so. It sickens me.

    @ Candice: Yeah. Did you notice my title?

  7. Your dedication to your Shelfari makes me feel ashamed. I have not updated mine in many, many months.

  8. @ Chanel: I find it a good way to keep a record of what I read. The interweb sure has some fun tools for record keeping these days.

  9. I liked The Magicians, too. The second book is on my tbr list.

  10. @ mshatch: The Magician King should make a great Christmas gift.

  11. Thanks, Brent. You are too kind as always...except for the Twilighty thing...

  12. I think I will have to put a few of those, especially the Harry Potter in college/Narnia-esque one, on my Amazon wish list.

  13. @ Charlie: Yeah, but the second sentence illustrates how far from Twilight if goes, right?

    @ Doug: Let me know what you think when you read it.