Rereading Will Grayson, Will Grayson was just as epic as the first time. Better still since I'd forgotten a lot of it. It's dual-narrative is something fresh and its humour is inspiring. This is a world-beater of a book, something new, original and worth your time. To round off John Green's books, I also reread An Abundance of Katherines and my opinion didn't change at all. Although it's a great book, it just didn't hold my attention the same way the rest of his novels did. That may be to do with the presence of maths, the characters and the writing style. I'm used to John Green writing in first-person, and I also couldn't really gel with Colin Singleton. I wish I could. The last book I reread was the immortal darkness of The Road. I first read it two years ago and I had forgotten a lot of it apart from key scenes, but this book still held the power to sadden me as much as it did before. You know a world is hopeless when the few humans left only have death to talk about, and even though death is the better outcome, none of them want to go. They live hoping that hope waits around the corner, but in their hearts they know they are done. Few books are this bleak. The Humans was the only new book I read last month, and it was outstanding. Not only is the immediate story interesting, but the character study of humanity is what sets this book apart from everything else. From the eyes of an alien, we get to see how we look to others and not only do we see the many flaws of humans, but the things that make us beautiful and worth caring about. I'll save the rest for the review. Great book.
That's the plan, anyway. I don't know if I can read all those books in December, and I've still got What Dreams May Come to finish- which is going well. I'm sticking to this list and bloody excited to read this collection of stories. Sometime this year I'll also write my wrap up of the year and talk about the books I loved and didn't, but I can say with certainty that this year kicked last year's arse into a galaxy far, far away. Too many damn fine books, and too many books I want to read again. I'm sure you understand.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Tomorrow' by Avril Lavigne
- 'Nobody's Home' by Avril Lavigne
- 'Innocence' by Avril Lavigne
- 'Fall to Pieces' by Avril Lavigne
- 'Together' by Avril Lavigne
- 'Long Live' by Taylor Swift
- 'Enchanted' by Taylor Swift
- 'Worldwide' by Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band
- 'Roosevelt Room' by Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band
- 'Walter Reed' by Michael Penn
- 'Coal' by Michael Penn
- 'La La Blues' by Pokey LaFarge