SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #9 & 10

I'm still behind the pace for 50 books this year, but I have a couple more I'm almost done with and will be posting about soon.

Book #9 was "Moab is my Washpot" by Stephen Fry. I've liked Stephen Fry in just about everything I've seen him in and figured his memoir of growing up would be funny, and it is. Not everyone who can do comedic acting roles can also write funny, but since I knew he and Hugh Laurie wrote the material for their terrifically funny TV show "Fry & Laurie" I should have known it'd be a blast. My main complaint is that he ends it in his early 20s and doesn't get to some of the juicier bits later in life, but his recounting of the first 20 or so are pretty entertaining. It covers him coming of age and coming to terms with his homosexuality in his teens and his kleptomania and arrest for credit card fraud in his teens, his relationship with his bewildered middle class English mother and eccentric genius inventor father, and the very beginnings of his entry into the comedy circuit. Being a self-described "word nerd," I also enjoyed the word play and his relish of the English language throughout. A highly entertaining read.

Book #10 was "The Last Olympian" - the fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. I liked this book a lot and appreciated that Percy and his friends had some character growth over the arc of the book. He wrapped up many threads from earlier books in a satisfying way. I'm not sure if I want to read his second demi-god series, but I enjoyed this one a lot, especially the way the author digs deep for some of the more obscure mythology. I also think the reader for the series on audiobook - Jesse Bernstein - is just about perfect.

1. The Battle of the Labyrinth [fiction] - Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
2. Ice Cold [fiction] - Tess Gerritsen
3. Snow Crash [fiction]- Neal Stephenson
4. The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge [fiction]
5. The Brontes - Juliet Barker [non-fiction/group biography]
6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks [non-fiction]- Rebecca Skloot (unabridged audiobook)
7. The Moon in Our Hands [fiction]- Thomas Dyja
8. The Algebraist [fiction]- Iain M. Banks

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