A Mixed Bag

by Lara Killian

9 June 2008

 

It’s a totally mixed bag this week. I’ve just started reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and I’m halfway through Markus Zusak’s I am the Messenger. Firoozeh Dumas’ Funny in Farsi is also in the bedside pile, as it caught my eye when I was shelf-reading the biographies last week at the library.

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The more ‘literary’ graphic novel trend continues as well as I am slowly working through Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History on short breaks at work; Art Spiegelman’s incredible Holocaust memoir (rendered on behalf of his father) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, which was a huge step forward for the graphic novel genre.

Time is not on my side, however, because the high school is going to close soon and all materials are due to be returned in the next week. Perhaps I can try to do without sleep for a few days?

I tend to read mostly fiction, but I’m trying to be more openminded about nonfiction, biography, and other genres. Do you stick to one genre most of the time or alternate between several? Perhaps get caught up in historical nonfiction for awhile, then switch to Victorian fiction and on to comic books a few weeks later? What genre(s) are you reading this week?

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