May was extremely satisfying reading-wise, but entirely frustrating when it came to reviewing. I read a few really, really good books, and I can’t tell you about them. Because it is too early. Basically, this month, I read 80% of all my ‘Can’t Wait Till Release Date” books for the entire year. These books are the ones that go immediately to the top of the reading pile, and I will, in fact, drop any other book I’m reading to read these.
What this means is that this month, my books acquired should be pretty similar to books read. Fingers crossed.
Books acquired (including borrowed) – and this time I was pretty good about photo documentation:
A couple of bookgroup books (Sabriel and Blindsight), plus The Bees, which I reviewed here.
Guys, guys, it’s the xkcd book! The only reason I’m not done with it yet is because I got it yesterday. Also, Sally Ride!
Continuing with non-fiction theme:
Plutopia is supposed to be great.
I then acquired this odd hardcover edition of Dune (pictured here melding with the table):
All these were satisfying acquisitions, but the true highlights were these babies:
Really, how can you not drop everything and read these? I binged on Vandermeer all last Saturday, finished Mitchell in two days, and Murakami in a day and a half. The only thing I can say is that you will want to get these as soon as they are released.
And now, on to books read:
1. Chester Brown, Louis Riel
2. Joseph Boyden, The Orenda
3. Yuka Igarashi, ed. Granta # 127: Japan
4. David Mitchell, Bone Clocks
5. Jo Walton, My Real Children
6. Rivka Galchen, American Innovations
7. Douglas Coupland, Worst. Person. Ever. (this is obviously Canadian Content month)
8. Lydia Davis, Can’t and Won’t
9. Laline Paull, The Bees
10. Jon Skovron, Man Made Boy
11. Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation
12. Jeff Vandermeer, Authority
13. Jeff Vandermeer, Acceptance
14. Lish McBride, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
15. Michael Deforge, Ant Colony
16. Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
The Best: this is really hard. Vandermeer is a wizard. So is David Mitchell. Murakami is in his own category. But to be honest, the book that took over my mind for days after I was done was The Orenda.
The Worst: nothing was truly terrible. I was disappointed in My Real Children, but I think that’s because I had really high expectations, and the book just didn’t seem to match what was in my head. Also, I’m in the minority here.
I honestly have no idea why I read Douglas Coupland’s book. I needed something truly out of my reading range. I read him before, but during an entirely different phase of my life. Worst. Person. Ever. was crass and disgusting and really made me feel like I was watching a train wreck. It wasn’t terrible (in a sense of ‘boring, can’t go on’ book terrible).
The Weird: only two graphic novels! But they are both by Canadian artists (Canadian Content month continues). Ant Colony is truly weird, but really awesome. Also, I’m never touching Sweet’n Low.
Yes, they are all ants.