Who wants to know what I read in November? Get psyched!
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This is a weird novel. I like it. The author started a with a collection of weird old photos and wrote a story to fit the pictures. It's pretty good. You should definitely check it out and at least look at the photographs.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. This is a wonderfully written, interesting novel. I always looked forward to reading it--ya'll know I quit reading a book if it bores me or if I'm not in the mood--so it's sort of inexplicable that I feel like this book was boring. That's sad. But it's how I feel. I have no idea why it's called State of Wonder. It's about the jungle and medical ethics and the Prime Directive.
*A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I read this out loud to the kids. It is so good. This (along with The Yellow House Mystery) was my favorite book in grade school. It holds up. Have you read it? Remember how repulsive IT is? Remember how Charles Wallace initially avoids being brainwashed by shouting nursery rhymes while IT rhythmically recites times tables? Math is evil.
*Cornflakes with John Lennon by Robert Hilburn. Robert Hilburn is a music columnist for the LA Times. He interviews everyone awesome and has amazing taste. I love him. He is smart and passionate and interesting. And what's great is that famous people like Bono and John Lennon love Bob too. He's not "cool" and he doesn't try too hard but they respect his opinion and seek him out. I wish I were him and I wish every book were this book. I could read 10,000 more pages about how much Bob loves Bruce Springsteen, because I love Bruce Springsteen. He "gets" Indie rock that people like in order to be the only ones who like it but he's much more interested in rock legends who have mass appeal and are good (by his standards). He's totally buds with Bob Dylan.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne Valente. This is kind of fun.
Now that it's cold and windy all I want to do is sit (or lay) with a blanket (or duvet) and read. What would make for some cozy reading? Alternatively, what books should Christian get me for Christmas?