October 13th, 2009

Relax!  Grab a Book!

Book 25

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  1. Beaumarchais, Pierre-Augustin Caron de — The Figaro Trilogy (David Coward, transl.) (335 pages)
  2. Keyes, Daniel — Flowers for Algernon (217 pages)
  3. Bök, Christian — Eunoia (94 pages)
  4. Zweig, Stefan — Chess (76 pages)
  5. Kinney, Jeff — Meet the Wimpy Kid (55 pages)

Page count: 5535.

Today I learned one of the advantages of working in the same building as Penguin Books: Book giveaways!

Unfortunately, it was nothing too exciting. I almost didn't take one. But who can resist a free book, even if it is a promotional ploy. (And it's a cheap, easy way to add to my book count!)

Meet the Wimpy Kid is a slim collection of excerpts from Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The words "International Bestseller" are emblazoned across many of the book's surfaces, leaving me to wonder what Puffin's definition of "Bestseller" is. I'd certainly never heard of these books, and I'd be surprised if anyone on my list other than ayelle has, as they're fairly Brit-centric. And if they're bestsellers, why do they need to be promoted in this fashion?

The excerpts are amusing, but nothing more. A preteen mind might find the material compelling, as it deals with a kid's experiences in middle school. However, I can't really see its appeal extending much beyond this narrow audience, so I can't very well be induced to check the series out.