Quick Hit: Reading

I’ve decided that I need to start reading again.  I didn’t do much reading last year, and I really felt the absence of books in my life.

Since classes ended, I’ve made my way through Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (4 stars) a John Grisham novel (The Racketeer; 3 stars), and Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (4 stars).  On the advice of CV Rick, I’m going to pick up Gaiman’s American Gods next, perhaps while re-reading Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye with Carson and making my way through some of the essays in the reader that my composition class is required to buy (even though I didn’t choose the book.  I hate college bookstore politics).

We have another snow day today. We COULD have done a delayed opening, I think, but I’m betting that the school districts did a cost/benefit analysis on sending kids to school for a shortened day on a Friday after a long holiday break and decided that it just wasn’t worth it (can you IMAGINE the hell that would have been for teachers?!). I’m going to fuss a bit around the house and then settle in for a bit of a read.

What’s in your to-read pile?

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  1. Right now I’m working on “A Feast for Crows” by George R.R. Martin and “War and Peace” by some Russian dude. In the queue: “White Noise” by Don DeLillo, “The Decameron” by Boccaccio, “Pyramids” by Terry Pratchett, and “The Holy Bluff”, written by my friend Charles Nolan. I get around.

  2. I’m going to start “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini. I had never heard of him until I saw a news story that he had killed himself. He, apparently, had struggled with depression most of his life and was a good advocate for finding help for mental illness and even included the phone numbers of suicide hotlines in his novels (which have characters who suffer from depression). He published his first book when he was a teenager and it’s a damn shame that we’ve lost such a talent to the monster that is depression.

  3. D

    I just finished The Book Thief, which I LOVED. Currently reading Gone Girl. I’m pretty sure you’ve read both of these, but I am just now getting around to them. Have you read 11/22/63 by Stephen King? I really enjoyed it.

    -D (Formerly profesora…)

    • The Book Thief is one of my all-time favorite books; I teach it whenever I get the chance. I haven’t read Gone Girl, but I did read 11/22/63 (I taught that one, too, in an experiment with lit circles).

  4. Hell yes to Bluest Eye. It has been 10 years since I last read it.

  5. I’m in the homestretch of the most recent GoT book and I’ve got a lovely side book called The Boss Dog. Up next is probably one of the two books I got for Christmas about dog training. On my iBooks I want to read On the Road soon because it’s pertinent to a writing project and How the Bible Changed Our Lives by the guys of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. The pile of books beside my bed is tall and getting taller!

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