Author: Mallory Ortberg, illustrated by Madeline Gobbo
Challenges: I Love Libraries, Nonfiction
Description: Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield.
Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: I heard about the book through Book Riot's podcast Reading Lives, when they interviewed the author about the book. And due to the interview, I became interested in the book.
The book seemed to start out strongly and had a quick to the book, but sometime near the end, it seemed to lose some steam (I suppose reading ahead didn't exactly help). There were some sections that I had to look up due to the fact that I had not read the piece that the author was referencing to and therefore was unable to understand the humor.
Bottom line: What I did like was that it was a fairly quick read and didn't take a lot of time to through. It clearly is a book geared towards those individuals who understand their literature fairly well, as there are pieces of literature that are somewhat obscure. Recommended.
Pages for 2014: 28,392