Permanent Rose, by Hilary McKay
Sweetnatured and mildly subversive British kid's book. Not my favorite in the altogether brilliant Casson family series, but it was still a lot of fun.
(1/200, 9/100)The Diagnosis, by Alan Lightman (unabridged audiobook)
Ugh, this book. This book took me the better part of TWO YEARS to listen to, at least, and kind of put me off audiobooks. Luckily when I finally got to the end of it there was a tasty tasty snippet of When We Were Orphans
included, so I think it's the book's fault, rather than the format. I don't even know what was bad about it - I normally love Alan Lightman - I think it's just... well, there are some books I like a lot better if I can skim some parts, and there's no pleasant way to skim when you're listening.
(2/200, 10/100)Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
Dude. So glad I finally read this. There are tiresome bits, but the awesome bits FAR FAR FAR outweight the tiresome bits. Plus the other members of my book club made me feel like a mensch for finishing the thing - even though it was pretty easy to read as long as I stuck to 50 pages a day or so. I was often surprised, often charmed, often made to think.
(3/200, 11/100)Hard Magic, by Laura Anne Gilman
Whee. Spinoff of her Retrievers series, which I really enjoyed. This one suffered a bit from first-chapter-somehow-incomprehensible-i
tis, as urban fantasy novels often do, but once I got the groove, it was nifty. Neat to go back to the beginnings of an established secondary character, and I always wanted to know more about PUPI. Already have a hold on the next one even though it's not out yet.
(4/200)The Pursuit of Happiness, by Maira Kalman
Her art is SO lovely, and I found the text of this book (which is considerably textier than her other works that I've read) exceptionally friendly in style. Like reading over someone's shoulder as they kept a journal about learning American history. Very inviting read.
(5/200)Fox, by Martin Wallen
Alright, so Duck
had clunky writing and I was a little worried the rest of the Reaktion series would not be all that. No worry needed! This one was masterfully written and I really enjoyed reading it. Even though the author was occasionally obnoxious and shaped his information pretty hard to support his thesis. As always, LOVED the panoply of pictures included.