Monthly Archives: June 2013

Beside Myself Over We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside OurselvesI’ve been gone from blogging for so long that in my absence WordPress has gone and redesigned itself. I don’t know where all the buttons are anymore.

Anyway, I have to make this quick because I am under a time crunch. My coworker lent me her library book We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler and it’s due back in a matter of days. The short time frame isn’t a major obstacle though because I’ve been speeding through the novel. It’s really interesting!

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot (and saying almost anything feels like giving it away) but I’ll say this… it’s definitely different. That, and I love me an unreliable narrator. (Also, for what it’s worth, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is on People Magazine’s Must-Read Books for Summer 2013.)

Arielle shared the book because she wanted someone to talk about it with and I can understand the feeling. Fortunately, I have her to discuss with but I want more. Others, please do read it and be in touch.

For now, I’m off to keep reading. Gotta avoid that $0.25 fine!

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Big, Bold, and Graphic

Bottomless Belly ButtonFor the past two weeks I’ve been extremely busy thanks mostly to work. In that time, however, Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button finally arrived. I have to say it is quite a bit bigger than a belly button. There are no page numbers (weird) but it’s a door-stopper. I certainly won’t be toting this one along on my trip to Chicago this weekend.

I assume that despite it’s lengthiness it won’t take me that long to get through Bottomless Belly Button seeing as it is all pictures. Which brings me to a funny anecdote. As someone who works in the industry, I sometimes forget that not everyone knows the lingo. This led to an amusing exchange with a friend (hi Stacy!). I mentioned to her that the last book on my mom’s list is a graphic novel and I have no idea how my mom would have heard about it. Stacy said, with a sly smile, maybe a friend recommended it. I complained that I couldn’t get it in “e” format because of the pictures and Stacy looked at me wide-eyed and said “There are pictures??” Apparently when I said “graphic novel” she thought I meant “erotic novel.” Oops!

In fact, a graphic novel is a book told in the format of comics. I’ve never read one, but I did used to fight my brother for control of the Sunday comics. So that’s a start, right?