Read in March

2. The Shadow of the Bear, by Regina Doman
4. Feed, by M.T. Anderson
5. North of Beautiful, by Justina Chen Headley
6. Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne
7. Sorcerers & Secretaries, volume 1, by Amy Kim Ganter
8. Poems, by Anna Akhmatova
9. Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor

The best:

Shenzhen, a graphic novel, lives up to my standards for Guy Delisle: smart, funny, interesting (other countries! hurray!), and sensitive to the absurdities of cross-cultural living.

Feed gets a mention because it is so thought-provoking, which is not to say the writing is bad. A dystopic young adult novel that makes some extremely interesting speculations about the future of language, social media, and information technology — things that I'm guessing are important to most people reading this.

North of Beautiful is a young adult novel about family, travel, art — about finding the things that are beautiful about oneself and this enormous world, and making your life what you want it to be. So enjoyable and uplifting, but not in a phony or annoying way.

Poems, a collection of Anna Akhmatova's poetry, is stunning. I love her unusual imagery, her quiet but clear voice, her strange stories. I had never read anything of hers before this volume, but I'd count her among my favorite poets now. I posted a poem from this book a while ago.

7 comments:

Erin 4/08/2009 10:52 AM  

*puts 'Poems' on to-read list*

Cuileann 4/08/2009 10:59 AM  

Erin - :) Hooray! I really think you'll love it.

Maya 4/09/2009 7:53 PM  

Must...read...'Poems'...

Summermoon 4/09/2009 8:29 PM  

I loved Feed.

Cuileann 4/09/2009 10:24 PM  

Maya - And you must tell me when you do.

Summermoon - That's why I read it.

Summermoon 4/10/2009 1:26 AM  

:) Glad to have been influential. It's a rare occurrence.

Cuileann 4/12/2009 8:33 AM  

Summermoon - Oh pls. Do you really have no ambitions of global conquest?

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