First, thanks for all your votes about the Nathan Bransford contest. I picked the second entry, so keep your fingers crossed!
One of my resolutions was to keep track of the books that I read in 2010. I’m already falling behind of that because I’ve already finished two!
Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You (Peter Cameron) 240 Pages
I admit that this book was a bit of a cheat, because I was halfway done with it when 2010 started. But I think I can still count it, because it was the first book I finished this year. It was recommended to me by a friend, and I kept trying to get around to it and never had time (perhaps because one of my MFA classes required me to read a 200+ page novel a week…ugh!). I finally picked it up and loved the book. The main character’s voice is sarcastic, yet pained. He reminded me of Chuck Bass (my love!) from Gossip Girl. Overall, it was a great read!
Cracked Up to Be (Courtney Summers) 224 Pages
One of my students recommended this book to me about a month ago. She loved it, so I gave it a shot and could not get into the narrator’s voice. But…I picked it up again during break and couldn’t put it down. I stayed up one night reading until almost three in the morning just to see what happened. I flew through it in two days, and I loved it. Courtney’s next book was just released yesterday, and I'm waiting for Amazon.com to ship the preordered copy I got. Ugh, they are so slow when you do the free shipping!!
Right now I’m on about page 50 of Marcello in the Real World. I can’t stop gushing about how much I love the cover of this book. Seriously, I think it’s one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen.
It reminds me a lot of The Curious Incident of the Dog at Nighttime, but I feel like Marcello is more sensitive and vulnerable than the narrator in TCIOFTAN.
What about you? What are you reading right now?