Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
How do you successfully translate a blog into a book? The current model, as seen in My Year of Flops and Hyperbole and a Half, is to collect the best of the original posts and add some exclusive original material. As a method of enticing fans to purchase something they can essentially get for free (although one hopes they’d want to support their favorite creators regardless), it’s not a bad way of doing things. However, this doesn’t deal with the inherent difference between a book and a blog—a book is, more or less, fixed, while a blog is a living, breathing thing. As this profile of Homestar Runner points out, just because it hasn’t updated in years doesn’t mean that it won’t, and my favorite part of catching up on old-school Saturday Night Live with The A.V. Club is reading the comments, something you will never see collected. But perhaps this can’t be dealt with; it’s just the nature of the medium, of putting moving blog to fixed page.
The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger
I think this is the first book I’ve read under the influence. And by influence, I mean the influence of the stomach flu from hell, which pinned me to the floor of my childhood bedroom for several days and took my laptop with it. But while grappling with what felt like the next villain in a Doctor Who special in my belly, I did manage to pick up and, in a morning, finish The Mistress of Nothing. I’ve long been a fan of Egypt, so I thought it might be the perfect thing to distract me.
The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory
I picked up The Other Boleyn Girl, not because it was on my To Read List (it is not), but because it’s been floating out in the pop culture conscience for about a year or so. It’s certainly an interesting topic, and, most importantly, it was one of the only popular novels my college library offers. I am currently too lazy to go to the local library.
I’m quite glad I did–it’s marvelous.