Thursday, September 27, 2012

Road Trip Thursday?: Favorite Book in September

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic is: What was the best book you read in September?

Sooo...its not Wednesday, its Thursday, but I have been crazy busy recently and am just getting around to posting.  Once things settle down a bit, I plan on being a more diligent with my blog posts. 

Part of the reason why I haven't posted since last Thursday is because of exactly what I wrote about last Thursday, which was finding time to write.  Now as a student, I also have to find time to read.  The good thing about being a part of a writing master's program is that we get to read really good books.  For example, our class is reading A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.  In between this book and the other short readings we are assigned, I haven't finished this yet.  But I can see why it was so highly acclaimed.
A Visit from the Goon Squad  
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
A New York Times Book Review Best Book

One of the Best Books of the Year:
 Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village Voice

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

So far, I am loving this book.  I like how unconventional and fresh it is.  It throws traditional narrative out the window while still creating a structure that makes sense and that the reader can easily follow.  I like the fact that the book isn't about Bennie and Sasha, but then it is (I know that doesn't make sense, but go with it).  The story of Bennie and Sasha is told through the intersecting stories of several people from their past.  Sometimes their stories are in first person present tense, sometimes its in third person, sometimes its an article that character wrote about himself (with footnotes!), sometimes its in second person (!!!), but each mini-snippet is unique and helps to define the character that section is about and ultimately the character of Bennie and Sasha. 

I have always been a fan of the experimental and this is no exception.  I recommend it if you haven't read it already. 

What is your favorite book from September?