Monday, July 23, 2012

happy Monday, vol. 16 {the Francesca Lia Block edition}

3 things that are making me happy lately ...
(OK,  I confess that these are book reviews disguised as a happy Monday post. But there's ice cream at the end!) :)

1. "Dangerous Angels." Last week I immersed myself in this book (YA lit class, how I love that you require me to do such delightful things). Imagine swimming through an effervescent pink champagne sea, and you have a good idea of what it's like to read Block's prose. Coexisting in this world of rose petals, glitter, and spun sugar are characters struggling with self identity, searching for love, and longing for family. I haven't read these books for a long time, so it was very pleasant to reread them and see new facets of the characters and stories. I remember discussing Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" with my storytelling instructor. I asked why the story only came in picture book form, and she commented that the beautiful illustrations of the girl's wishes balanced out the sadness of the story. I think Block does the same thing in her work -- the beauty makes the dark parts bearable.

2. "Pretty Dead." After reading "Dangerous Angels" straight through, I have to admit that I was a bit underwhelmed by this book. I warmed to it by the end, though, as I enjoyed Block's unconventional take on the stock vampire tale and her musings on life, love and creativity interspersed in the story.

3. Ice cream = great way to end a Saturday night.


  1. So I tried to check out some Block from our local library, but the selection is rather poor. :( (This doesn't surprise me since it is a VERY NICE building, but collection is always lacking...not to mention I live in a conservative area.) I am going to try at work this week!

    Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is AMAZING. :)

  2. Ashley - good luck tracking down some of Block's work! :) Yes, her work is controversial and that may affect access. And I never turn down ice cream, particularly the good stuff! :)


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