|laceblade (laceblade) wrote,|
@ 2013-01-30 05:47 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||a: iwasaki mineko, a: tolstoy leo, books, comics, comics: young avengers, cultural appropriation|
Anna Karenina - I'm reading this for a group of friends who formed a book club specifically around this book.
In the past, I was in two book clubs, & it was too many books. This seems like a really slow-paced group, though, so I think I can do it.
Our meeting on Sunday was canceled due to icy roads, but I've almost made it through "book 1" (I would have completed it Sunday had the meeting not been canceled).
I don't have much to say about it yet, but I really like everyone!
The angst of modernity is interesting to me - not something I'm used to reading about in 19th century novels, although I guess most of the ones I've read were from the earlier half of the century. It's a little (s1) Downton Abbey-esque in that regard.
It's nice to have a relatively quick-moving plot, too, as opposed to taking an entire book to figure out someone's feelings, or whatevs.
This will come back around on my "currently" list a bunch of times, I think.
Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki - This is a memoir written by the woman whose life story was stolen & written about by Arthur Golden in Memoirs of a Geisha.
I am really liking this so far, and I'm disappointed that it has so many negative reviews at Goodreads. People saying that Iwasaki "should have" written more about what it's like to "be a geisha" instead of seeking fame, that the author puts too many judgments into her writing "instead of just telling the story," whatever.
I'm really liking it. Mineko has only just left her parents' home, but she's spent time discussing her family's history, that she often hid in closets & needed to be away from people. She names her sisters but not her brothers.
I'm interested in seeing what happens, but already so far I'm very grateful that Iwasaki wrote this book. I haven't read Golden's book & don't really plan on doing so (I have seen the movie, although it's been a while).
• What did you recently finish reading?
Young Avengers Presents, which takes place after the first two volumes (Sidekicks & Family Matters). It's a collection of one-shots, each issue focusing on a different character/pair of characters. Some of the issues were stronger than others; Kate's was the best. Even better, with this volume focusing on character development, I can now tell everyone (& their parents & feelings) apart!
• What do you think you’ll read next?
More Young Avengers, if Civil War (first part of the crossover with Runaways) ever comes in! There seems to be a big delay, & today my hold on Secret Invasion will lapse because I won't drive to the library in the snowstorm -_-
Comics I'd like to catch up on: Batwoman, TMNT, something else I can't remember :3
I need to read the new Spike: A Dark Place (last one?!) that came out last week, too, as well as #1 of the new Young Avengers series. Today, I got the new Angel & Faith and the new issue of Mara.