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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Salon: The I Can't Think of a Witty Title Post

I'm enjoying having waaay too many books on hand that I need to read. I have twelve out of the library right now and another I borrowed from someone. I've finished two of those books and abandoned one.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I honestly don't know why I got this one. I want to save everything I have to for the review, but this book is the best I've read in a while. I've wanted to read a really good book and yes, this is it. I'll save the in depth gushing for later. But in the meantime, GET THIS BOOK. Even if it is something you don't normally read, get it. I don't like to read dark-ish things like this but am enjoying it immensely. I miss having the feeling of not wanting to put a book down!

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
There is such a long story behind why I'm reading this, but in a short form: I started reading this for pleasure but it turned into being for school too. I stopped a few weeks ago and then picked this up again to find out I didn't remember anything I read. I read it all over again and it was still as if I had read it the first time. This book is so fresh. I don't think it was because I had wiped it from my memory, because things came back to me. I still read the first section and it was just as great, if not better, than when I read it the first time.

I'm not looking forward to writing the paper on it because I have to apply it to a historical perspective and see if the book has any parallels with the author's life. It doesn't have much relevance to either of these topics...

Sixteen: Stories about that sweet and bitter birthday edited by Megan McCafferty

I wanted to get some more short stories read for the 100 Shots of Short challenge. This was a nice change from the classic short stories I've been reading. I have noticed in the past few months that YA books usually focus more around plot than internal struggles. This short story collection focused more around internal struggles. Overall, the short stories present a realistic representation of how sixteen year olds think. (I should know. I was sixteen last year) The stories were a nice blend of adult writing and concepts with teenage circumstances and attitudes. And now appropriate is that? Sixteen is when you are in between being an adult and a kid!

2 comments:

debnance said...

I don't think I'd have been able to make it through The Road if the child had not been in the story. He was the only hope present in the book.

Kristen said...

I Capture the Castle is such a lovely read. I can see why you think it'll be difficult to write your paper on it though! I do imagine, as a former English nerd myself, that there's a lot that you'll be able to mine once you sit and make the connections though.