Guess what, guys? I lost my internet access last Saturday. I did stuff all morning, came back, and promptly lost my internet. Turns out lightning and routers don’t mix.
So you’ll have to wait until next Saturday for my first post on comedy/humor in writing, aka The Post Where I Talk About How Much I Don’t Know. I promise, if I possibly can, I’ll make it happen.
For now, have another meme!
From The Book Date blog: “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.” Yay, I get to talk about my reading log! I wish I had a picture of it, but I’m writing this in my campus library, so I have no access to the little Jack Skellington notebook that I’ve had and kept a book log in since October 2014. It’s adorable, I can assure you.
Books I Recently Finished
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
read: Jan 22
I have a thing for Russian classics. I also have a (huge) thing for cats. This was a perfection combination.
I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I expected – too many bland Russian officials with names I couldn’t keep straight because I’m an American, dagnabbit – but devilry is always entertaining, and once the story actually got to the Master and Margarita, it picked up a lot, and it ended on a great note.
Nicholas St. north and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce
read: Jan 20
It’s a reread because I finally got access to the third and fourth books in this series! Admittedly, I watched Rise of the Guardians before I started this series, so the much more child-oriented story is a little bit of an anticlimax; still, it’s enjoyable and lively, with a fun focus on invention and a sort of magical science. And, despite all of its kid-friendliness, Pitch is still pretty scary.
The Third Man by Graham Greene
read: Jan 19
Greene’s explanation in the preface – that this is not a novella but a working-out of a story to become a script – somehow makes The Third Man work even better. His writing is incredibly cinematic, and you can just hear the noir voiceover in Calloway’s voice. I do think it would probably work better as a film – I haven’t watched it yet, but I plan to. Still, very entertaining.
Books I’m Reading
E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core! by William Joyce
I mean… obviously. The third/fourth books are due this Saturday. It’s a good thing these books are easy to blaze through.
Bunnymund was always my favorite Guardian in the movie (even over Jack Frost and Sandy, yes). Obviously that Bunnymund has an Australian accent and a fun devilish personality, but this Bunnymund is a Pooka, and he can time-travel. Your move, Dreamworks.
Books To Read Next
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Yep, I am reading Rick Riordan’s latest. I’m not expecting much out of it, but maybe it’ll surprise me, despite featuring the god I kindly refer to as the most boring Olympian I can think of.
Then again, I’m still salty about not getting a Nico di Angelo spin-off. So the problem, I admit, is mostly with me.
Mandragola by Niccolo Machiavelli
Do I have any idea what it’s about? No. It’s in an anthology (Eight Great Comedies) I got at a library sale. So we’ll see how this goes.
That’s it for my Monday! What have you been reading lately? Any plans for this week?