The satisfaction of a good book

This seems to be a good year for books that have literary mettle as well as quirky subjects and executions. In the past two weeks, I’ve enjoyed a pirate story that is both historically sound and–given Trondheim‘s hand in it–spiced with a multiethnic cast in which personality traits trump ethnic visages, an absorbing (!) and by turns hilarious and horrifying book about the whys and wherefores of dealing with human excreta, and the nicely performed audio version of a story in which suspense is served up in British and Ghanian accents.

And it’s been like this for months! A book about sugar, and another by Grady Klein that makes his ongoing world making ever more captivating. There is a new volume of graphic novel short stories from Israel and the opening volume of a promising dystopia by Suzanne Collins.

So, good on it for raining this weekend. There doesn’t seem to be an end of good reading in sight.


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