It is very possible that I will regret doing this later on, but I have settled on a fifth book for the From the Stacks Winter Reading Challenge. I examined my shelves carefully, and one book stuck out, the only hardcover I could find that I have paid full price for and have yet to read: Salvador Plascencia's The People of Paper.
I bought this book on a whim over a year ago based on the lauding conversations between CAAF at Tingle Alley and The Rake, and ever since then it has sat idling on my shelf, hidden behind a picture frame. I'm not quite sure why I have yet to read it. I think I was initially scared off by the reference to it being "clever," and the fact that it was published by McSweeney's, dukes and duchesses of a magical faraway land where every little sentence feels, well, a bit affected. But this is meant to be a challenge, right?
I rediscovered The People of Paper this morning and flipped through it; I noticed a reference to Rita Hayworth, and decided that any book that has people made of paper and makes a character out of Rita Hayworth must be worth a try. Plus, the cover is irresistible, and that seems to be a theme for the reads I've picked so far.
(Particularly The Road Through The Wall: whenever I pull it from my bag, I feel as if I should be sporting red lipstick and pin curls, one fingernail permanently fixed in the corner of my mouth, eyes agog...)