I finally finished The Thirteenth Tale. While it did pick up towards the end I still found it quite dull and I never really cared about any of the characters. Which is a shame as I think it could have been wonderful. I'll try and write a proper review this week.
I've returned to YA fiction. I'm reading Life as we knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer as part of Becky's online book group. I'm up to Chapter Four and I am loving it. It's written in diary format by Miranda a 16 year old school girl. An asteroid hits the moon, knocking it off it's axis which causes tsunami's round the world. Pfeffer does a great job of capturing the panic and horror of a disaster.
As I am trying to read the book to the book group schedule, I also started Looking for Alaska by John Green. I'm still in the before part and really loving it. Lots of individual, well drawn characters all searching for something.
Finally I finished How to breathe under water by Julie Orringer. This is the first book of short stories I have read and I adored it. I found Julie Orringer after one of her stories was published in the Washington Post.
She writes so beautifully and I was amazed by how complete each story felt. She deals with growing up and changing and through ordinary situations really captures the pain, envy, fear and joy of that time.
Notes to My sixth grade self, was my favourite, it made a knot form in my stomach it was so powerful, moving and painful to read.
"Do not look at Patricia and Cara as they stick their tongue out at you. ignore Zachary Booth's explicit hand gesture. Forget you weigh sixty-nine pounds; stop wanting breasts so badly. So what if you wear glasses? So what if your skirt is not Calvin Klein? For this one moment you have no hangnails, no bony knees, and there is a secret between you and Eric Cassio. When the others clear the floor, look him square in the eye and share that secret. The secret is, you know he likes to dance."
That's it for this week. I'm off to try and write my Weekly Geeks post about my favourite childhood books.