The Origins of Everything in 100 Pages (More or Less) by David Bercovici: Review to come closer to publication date.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer: I was really enjoying it, wondering why it didn't get the same buzz as The Goldfinch, since they are thematically similar, but then I noticed I was taking forever to read it, and thus realized that maybe I wasn't really enjoying it that much after all. Plus it just ends. Plus rape, see comment below.
The Complete Masters of the Poster: Reviewed earlier this month.
The North Water by Ian McGuire: I'm tired of rape in fiction as shorthand for bad guy/vulnerable victim. I am on fictional-rape-overload. It's unnecessarily lurid and whatever happened to eating kittens as a way to show the reader the person in question is monstrous? I want some kitten-eating villains. I don't want rape to be used as plot points. Rape is not something that should be cheapened in that way.
Rendez-vous in Phoenix by Tony Sandoval: Full review coming closer to the publication date.
The Complete Bone by Jeff Smith: It was all right. I don't understand the overwhelming love for it, but I think that might just be with my not-loving-graphic-novels-feelings as much as other people. It would have been nice if the main character had fallen in love with the girl after getting to know her, rather than knee-jerk she's so pretty --> now I'm in love. Imagine actually writing women as real characters before the shapeless blobs of male protagonists decide they want her -- oh, how fun that would be.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque: I really struggled until the hospital part. I feel horrible that a book on the horrors of war bored me a little. I try to justify it that at the time, a book about the sheer misery of war was more groundbreaking than now, as there's a whole lexicon of horror-of-war books, but that doesn't change that something inside me just couldn't connect and I feel awful about that.
Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? by Katrine Marçal: An article writ long. Many fragments. Of sentences. Included therein. Muddled thesis and forgettable when I had hoped it would be great. Need to stop being excited to read books. Always a disappointment. Was going to be present for my father for Christmas. No more.
Marçal did have fantastic red lipstick in author photo. For book purportedly about feminism, sad that what I remember most is awesome makeup. (But the feminism in the book is pretty subtle anyway and not as overt as I wanted.)
Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera: *Looks all around to make sure no one is watching*
Shhhhh. I liked the movie better.
Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner: Like taking a toddler and putting it in book format: dizzyingly high but at the same time, so exhausting. The book wore my brain out.
My proto-friend wrote it. She signed it for me, but spelled my name wrong and I was too timid to correct her. That has nothing to do, however, with the poems inside, which are nice in a sunny, calm day sort of way. People don't like the word nice. I had a high school English teacher ban the word, but some things are just nice and that's the word I want to use and I mean it in as nice a way as possible. If you don't like nice then replace it with genuine I suppose.
Most promising book on my wishlist:
Since I only put one book on my wishlist in October, it's pretty much a given what it's going to be.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Even since Danny turned out to be a jerk and Mindy had to break-up with him (I can't even watch The Mindy Project anymore since my heart hurts too much), this is my new TV obsession.
FAERIES! I think I've gotten over my five-page hump. I also changed the chapter breaks to do busy work on one of the days I didn't want to do any work at all.