2007 Readin’ Colonial Style

Today, while T slept in my arms I got lots of good reading done in my first book of 2007. M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol 1: The Pox Party. Even though I recently received many books for Christmas (all of which I’m dying to read), I went out and purchased Octavian. I bought this beaut for several reasons. First, I’m a sucker for an award winner, and this book won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Second, it takes place in Colonial America, and I love Colonial America (although Octavian paints a not-quite-so-pleasant-picture). Third, M.T. Anderson’s Feed is one book I’m slightly obsessed with. Many everyday occasions make me think, “Hey, that’s like in Feed!”

I can’t comment too much on Octavian yet–except to say I love it. More later.



  1. Anne said

    Hmm. You had me ready to run to my local library for this one until you compared it to Feed. As you know, not one of my faves.

  2. Anne, you may not like Feed, but I think you’d like Octavian. Remember, there are no powdered wigs in Feed. Errol, especially, would like Octavian. Some of its main characters are PHILOSOPHERS! Thanks for the comments A and E!

  3. Kate S. said

    I loved “Octavian Nothing” as well. I haven’t posted my top ten of 2006 yet, but Octavian will definitely be on there!

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