Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Genrethon 2016 Wrap-Up

I am happy to report that I managed to complete Genrethon this past weekend by completing three different books from three different genres, ones that I don't normally dip into.  In typical fashion, however, I did stray from my TBR quite a lot and only managed to complete one of the books I thought I might during the read-a-thon.  In any event, here is what I read last week:

Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples [3/5]: While I enjoyed this installment of the Saga series, it didn't resonate with me as much as volumes 2 or 3 did.  This one focused a lot on Alana and her work on the Circuit and, I have to say, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much.  Maybe because this volume wasn't as action packed or because I couldn't decipher where the story was headed I wasn't as engaged as I was with previous volumes. [Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction]

Sit, Stay, Love by J.J. Howard [3/5]: This was a middle grade novel I picked up during my school's book fair a couple of weeks ago.  The book is about a girl name Cecelia who volunteers at a dog rescue and falls in love with a pug they a nursing back to health.  Her beloved pug is adopted by a snobby boy at her school who wants to turn the pup into a fancy show dog.  Cecelia then enters into a campaign to thwart the pooch's show dog chances, but . . . she begins to see her schoolmate in a different light.  For what it is, a predictable middle grade read, this was a cute book that was a mindless, escapist read.  Though J.J. Howard is no Tolstoy, it was an enjoyable book and one I look forward to putting in my classroom library. [Genre: Middle Grade, Romance]

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg [2/5]: I had started reading this collection about a month ago and put it down in the middle of the titular poem.  However, for the sake of meeting my last reading challenge I returned to the collection and completed it.  Within the past two months I have read two of the central works of Beat Generation literature-- On the Road and now Howl-- and I can honestly say  that the movement doesn't appeal to me at all.  I don't find the plays with language appealing or the imagery transcendent at all.  In terms of this collection, I think the often anthologized "Howl" and "A Supermaket in California" have their aesthetic merits and are worth a read (and a study), but they aren't representative of 1950s American poetry as a whole.  Frankly, you're better off reading Robert Lowell IMHO. [Genre: Poetry, Beat Literature]

Did you participate in Genrethon?  Did you meet your goal or stick to your TBR?  Let me know on Twitter @thelexicondev.

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