What I’ve been reading – March/April
It’s time for more mini-reviews!
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices Book 1) by Cassandra Clare
A few years ago, I told myself I would not get sucked into another series. I was in Harry Potter/Georgia Nicolson/Princess Diaries withdrawal and did not want to go down again. Of course, I couldn’t stick to that plan. I did, however, decide to wait on TID until the final book was published, and now that it has, I’m all OMFG!!!! Victorian shadowhunters! I love it! While it took some time for me to really connect with Clary, Jace, & Co., Tessa, Will, and Jem drew me in from the get-go. There’s something about this series that is darker and deeper than TMI. Characters seem more fully developed and motives are more clearly drawn. It’s a great series starter and it only gets better in Clockwork Prince (reading now!).
Austensibly Ordinary by Alysa Goodnight
I really wanted to enjoy this book. Austenesque romantic comedy? Yes, please. But it was the Austen-inspired, ghost-writing diary that actually turned me off in the reading. Go fig. It would’ve worked better for me as a straight-up romcom chick lit without the Austen elements. Too much was happening in this novel between the diary, alter-egos, and secret agent stuff. It was an okay read, but I found myself plodding along just to know how it would end.
Are you my mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
I selected this graphic memoir as part of my frenzied graphic novel collection project. I had no real notion what it was about when I ordered it, but it was on one of Booklist’s best of lists and they’re generally a great selection tool for libraries. I’m so glad I did order it. Bechdel’s graphic memoir of her relationship with her mother is a finely woven blend of meta-fiction that explores deep themes on queer experience, childhood psychology, and mother/daughterhood. And it channels Virginia Woolf, which just made me want to read more Woolf.
Forgot to snap pictures of the other two before returning them to the library, but I’m trying to stick to my picture idea.