Having finished Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda, I was happy to be moving into book 5. I wanted something slimmer because to be honest, the last one could have bogged me down if it was poorly written. It was a 300 page book, but it flew by.
So I chose a slim tome for book 5. I picked the new release I heard so much about, The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura. It was fantastic. Where Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda was emotive, passionate and heart expanding, this was stark, cold and dark. Japanese noir meets The Stranger. I loved the writing and the metaphors and was impressed with the translation.
Both are highly recommended, but for different reasons: Simon… is fantastic for YA fans, those who like coming out stories, someone who wants a modern gay romance. The Gun would be for someone who likes grim and stark stories, someone who wants realism and not fantasy, anyone who likes books in translation, those interested with modern Japanese culture, and fans of noir.
I’m starting to fade. It’s over an hour after my bedtime and all the ingested caffeine is making me feel all fuzzy, but my eye balls are drying out. Must. Press. On.
After finishing Anne Frank, I decided that I needed to get out of the apartment, so I went out to get a 90 minute reflexology session. It maybe a reader’s dream because it’s a lovely, quiet room filled with the most comfortable of big chairs, a blanket laid over you while you recline and let the masseuse work out every possible knot you may have had in your feet while reading your kindle! Yes- you can read while someone massages you feet. Magic.
While I was there I started and finished The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn. I think every Readathon reader should add it to their list. It was a slim 66 pages that packed a punch. What a great way to get a boost in your numbers with a legitimately fun novella. I would certainly recommend it for anyone who likes thrillers, someone who likes something a bit eerie, or someone without a lot of time to waste on a story that takes a while to set up.
Since I was already on my Kindle, I decided to pick one that has been in my library for a very long time- Simon vs. The Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This is a super fun YA book that is longer than I really want for a Readathon challenge, but the writing is so good that I am flying through it. I just finished my wonderful massage and am already 38% done!
After finishing my last book, I wanted a faster read for this pick. So I grabbed a graphic novel I had checked out of the library, Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson and Jose Colon.
My husband and I traveled to Amsterdam last spring, almost a year ago to the date. One of the most memorable events was our pilgrimage to the Anne Frank House. Words fail you when trying to explain the emotions that you feel when walking through the rooms they were confined to for two whole years. And to know the conclusion was that Anne was killed in a concentration camp due to neglect just weeks before the end of the war is just a devastating truth that’s hard to handle.
This book does a fantastic job at providing the context of the personal history of the family and the political backdrop for the years leading up to the moment when the Frank’s went into hiding. The images and graphics are so well rendered. This is both a good and important book. I hope more people will read it.
And one of the magical things that can happen with library books occurred while I was flipping to the next page- a sliver of paper with the works Speak Up, written in crayon, was stuffed into the seam of the page. It made my heart fly into my throat, and my eyes welled up. Thank you, library find, for the poignant reminder. And thank you to Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon for the impetus to pick up the book!