What are you reading in November?

Fangirl: Rainbow Rowell: 9781250030955: Amazon.com: Books 2013-11-04 13-46-24I just finished Fangirl, prompted by many recommendations from the young adult fiction thread, where a member let us know it was available for a Kindle flash sale (free, then later $1.40).  It was the perfect anti-dystopian antidote to Super Sad True Love Story (also well written, but cutting a little too close to 2013 Big Brotherhood for true comfort).

Want more tips for free/cheap ebooks? check out the thread Heads-up on free/cheap e-books. Got a hot tip? Post it there!

Other topics to check– most recommendations in this post were pulled from: Get your YA YAs out! Our favorite YA literature! (NOT the ya ya sisterhood!), Literary Fiction and What are you reading NOW? v. 4

Ursula K. LeGuin is popular this month:

I’m reading The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin. It’s a sci-fi classic, but I hadn’t read it before. There are a lot of interesting things about it, but it’s not entirely enjoyable. However, I’m reading the book partially for enjoyment but partially for research (trying to catch up on some classic sci-fi)

I’ve moved that book from “currently reading” back into “to read,” on the assumption that I’ll finish it someday.  I agree completely–very interesting, but not exactly enjoyable.  It’s very much a novel of ideas, and the personal and political stories are not entwined in the ways that are most interesting to me–it’s all the frustration without any of the satisfaction.  I do love so much LeGuin, though–The Annals of the Western Shore series, and The Tombs of Atuan.  I also read Four Ways to Forgiveness, which are four novellas about slavery and its aftermath.  I really want to read more, but I know some of her early stuff can be dense and theoretical, like The Dispossessed.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened: Allie Brosh: 9781451666175: Amazon.com: Books 2013-11-04 13-32-48I’m sure nobody is surprised that the new book from Hyperbole and a Half is burning up the library hold lists this month:

Here’s a review of the Hyperbole and a Half book by a blogger I really like.  It sounds like there’s a good mix of new content, though a blog-to-book is always going to be heavy on recycling.

And there are a few of us holding up a bit more than our share of the reading lists (as per usual):

Ha!  When you said 3, I thought you meant not enough!  I almost always have 4 or 5 going at the same time.  Right now, somehow they’re all kind of cheerful bummers, with a large side of concentration camp: Rose Under Fire (really good, but I’m still feeling that whole WWII burnout), Ashfall (I love apocalypse survival, but when we get to oppressive regimes, I get bummed out), Premeditated (all the voices are the same, but it’s not bad for YA revenge), and Palace of Spies (historical fiction and kind of a romp).  Plus Mary Roach’s Gulp (nonfiction about eating), the graphic novel Boxers, and the audiobook of Mistborn: The Final Empire.

I apparently am crazy.

Need a more hands-on way to pick your next book? Maybe you need a flow chart: Which YA Novel is Right for You?

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