This week I finished On Borrowed Wings, by Chandra Prasad. I don’t intend to write a separate post reviewing it because I don’t have too much to say beyond that it was really, really good. As I mentioned last week, it is about a girl who pretends to be a boy in order to attend Yale in the 1930s. But it is so much more than that. In addition to presenting an engaging coming-of-age story, Prasad manages to address many important issues and concerns, including racism, sexism, classism, homosexuality, and identity. I would put this novel in the class of literature – it is well-written, enjoyable, a good story and more than a story. I highly recommend it!
After that I started Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver. I’m not too far into yet, but it is quite interesting. Much of what she says about the state of food in this country is not new to me, since I have read The Omnivore’s Dilemma, but the personal story is engaging and there are many tidbits of information. For example, I learned that asparagus is a perennial!
Friday night I watched the movie “Stardust,” which is based on the Neil Gaiman book. I really enjoyed the movie and it made me want to read something by Neil Gaiman. I know he is particularly famous for his graphic novels, but I am still a bit hesitant about that form, so I think I will start with one of his prose novels.
This week I will be traveling and have been thinking about what to bring with me for reading material. I don’t think I will bring Animal, Vegetable, Miracle since I don’t think it is quite engaging enough for travel reading. I’m thinking about bringing Daggerspell, by Katharine Kerr, which feels slightly risky because I have never read anything by her so I may end up not liking it. But it looks good so I will take a chance. I may also bring a Robin McKinley book (which I’m confident I’ll like) and possibly another paperback I have lying around.
That’s all for today. Have a good week!