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Amanda's Bookshelf

I'm a culture junkie who works at a bookstore. Pop, high-brow, junk -- it's all good. I try and consume it all. I read tons, especially young adult fiction. I also love quirky, offbeat novels; cultural analysis; mythology; girly fiction; fantasy; screwball romantic comedies; books with extremely flawed characters, yet somehow you really empathize with them; nonlinear narratives and language play.

Currently reading

The Runaway King
Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Lost Girl
Sangu Mandanna
Another Little Piece
Kate Karyus Quinn
Caitlin Moran
There Is No Dog
Meg Rosoff
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
S.G. Browne
Emma Donoghue
Topics About Which I Know Nothing
Patrick Ness
The Little Friend
Donna Tartt

Fred Astaire (Icons of America)

Fred Astaire - Joseph Epstein I love Fred Astaire, so I did like all the information I got from this book, even if it wasn't all that new to me -- Fred Astaire as an icon is just that fascinating to me.However, I didn't really enjoy the writing style or tone. The biographer's presence was really there at times, which I find rather annoying as I think a good biographer should focus on the subject more, not inject his view of the subject as much. Unfortunately, the author did this a bit too much for me (even if it wasn't completely pervasive throughout the whole book, it was still enough to make me aware of the biographer more than I care for in biography writing, excluding autobiographies, of course). On top of that, I just wasn't a fan of his writing style, even if it wasn't bad or anything.Still, I adore Fred Astaire, so it was worth reading in that respect.