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abookaweek: week one

2011 January 11
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by Romy

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, by David Sedaris

I finished this book almost a week ago so god knows why I’m so late with my very first abookaweek report, but you have to believe me when I say that I finished this book on time (even though the challenge is not about reading one book every week, but instead about reading one book per week on average over a whole year).

I hope that by now you are looking at the picture on the left because it is a nice picture and it would tell you that I read this on my kindle.  Perhaps I’m repeating myself here, but I have a love/hate relationship with this device, although I do favor the love-side of it.  It’s so easy to handle, convenient when I’m on the tram or lying on the bed on my side, when holding a Big Bad Book (I’m looking at you, Freedom) is often more of a hassle than it is a sign of how Cool I Am. I don’t have to worry about finding the right spot where a paragraph break coincides with a page break, because I can stop reading anywhere I damn well please and pick up where I left off a few hours later. But the kindle does not look as impressive on my bookshelf as that untouched $10 Shakespeare collection does. On a slightly less superficial level, it also doesn’t give me the satisfaction I get from having physically read a book from cover to cover.

You may be wondering why I’m spending more time talking about my e-reader than I do talking about the book, and I guess that’s because I was really unimpressed with it. Both in the literal sense and in the very negative sense. Sedaris is one of my all-time favorite writers, one who makes me laugh so hard I forget I’m in a public place, where people do not laugh out loud while reading, so I had high hopes for his latest collection of stories, but it didn’t really amuse me at all. There were a few stories that got a chuckle out of me, like The Judicious Brown Chicken and The Grieving Owl, but they did not make up for what the other stories lack. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is they lack, it’s a certain vividness, a colorfulness that I think is so characteristic of his writing.

By the way, I have added a page to keep track of my progress.

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