What I Read in May
|June 17, 2014||Posted by Jess under Books|
Week Eighteen (May 4-10): How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater by Marc Acito. When Edward Zanni’s dad refuses to pay for Edward to go to Juilliard instead of business school, Edward and his wacky theater friends have no choice but to engage in theft, blackmail, fraud, and copious sexual exploration in order to come up with the funds/find themselves. It’s hilarious and surprisingly touching. Also, I have never had so many people ask me about a book while reading on the subway as I did with this one, all gay dudes. One of them gave me a bookmark for his own novel, which is about drag queen secret agents. Read this book, make friends and win bookmarks!
Week Nineteen (May 11-17): Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. The sequel to Cinder. While Cinder and fellow prisoner Captain Carswell Thorne escape from jail and make their way to Europe, Scarlet goes looking for her missing grandmother, and meets a handsome street fighter named Wolf who’s hiding quite a few secrets. This is way more in the paranormal romance vein than the other two books in the Lunar Chronicles, and thus I found it far less compelling than the rest of the series. That said, I’d love to sit down with Marissa Meyer and talk about story structure, because hers is impeccable, and I’d bet dollars to donuts she’s read Save the Cat, my favorite writing book.
Week Twenty (May 18-24): Cress by Marissa Meyer. Book 3 in The Lunar Chronicles! This was definitely my favorite in the series so far: I loved Cress, loved Thorne, and really felt like the series was hitting its stride. I’m not totally comfortable with the way Africa was handled but mostly I enjoyed this book a lot.
Week Twenty-One (May 25-31): Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. This is exactly what it says in the title: a history of salt’s effect on history. I don’t know about you, but I never once heard salt addressed in a history class, so this book is like some kind of strange alternate universe where empires rise and fall on the strength of their saltworks and wars are waged over and around them. I’m not saying it’s not true, it’s just such a completely overlooked topic in history. Anyway, this book will make you crave potato chips.