One of the kids I work with dressed as Waldo for Halloween today, and for every two kids who ran up to him yelling, “I found Waldo!” there was one who asked, “Who are you supposed to be? Who’s Waldo?”
Turns out the Where’s Waldo books are out of print. Sad! How old are those books anyway?
Slightly overdue, the books I read in September:
1. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. I was underwhelmed…though I remember loving American Wife, and Prep was recommended by a good friend so I thought I’d find it a lot more engaging. To me it was boring and trite. I bought it used and I’d happily give it away if anyone wants it… I’m sure it’s actually a good, pleasant read if you enjoy boarding school fiction and/or you aren’t being ornery and curmudgeonly like me.
2. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Loved this book. Highly recommended.
3. Anagrams by Loorie Moore. To be honest, I just wasn’t really feelin’ it. I know lots of people are huge Loorie Moore fans. Is there something else of hers I should try if this one didn’t grab me? Am I just being curmudgeonly again?
4. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through his Son’s Addiction by David Sheff. I’ve read way too many memoirs in the last year or two; I’m a little burned out on them. I did learn a lot from this, though.
5. Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon. This is awkward…a good friend, whose taste in books I usually trust completely, told me I HAD to read this because it was SO good. I didn’t like it at all. I refuse to even pretend to like it a little bit. But I can see why people WOULD like it… It’s a quick read, it’s sort of a mystery/thriller… I don’t know. I just couldn’t get into it.
September was not the best month for good reads, huh? The only one I’d want to own or read again is A Visit from the Goon Squad.
I need some awesome fiction to read. Pronto.