Sorry, I got so busy administrating that I forgot to post my own books! I read one kid's book this week and one young adult book. Feeling really good about myself at this point, I made the ill-advised choice to launch into a longer, thicker, Umberto Eco-style book. While I'm enjoying said book, I am in danger of going oh-fer for Week 4. But it's not about the numbers right? Well, if you're wanting to win the Quantity Award it is. But I guess I'm disqualified. At any rate, here are a couple books I read last week:
- The Ghost of Windy Hill - I remember reading this when I was in about second grade. I was looking for another book and saw this on my bookshelf. Looking at it to try to remember it soon turned into me reading it. Not very compelling or layered, but does a great job of playing on the young imagination. I remember when I first read this book I was nervous about the chapter titles. "The Crazy Quilt" and "The Sound of Bells". Then you read it and it's not really all that scary. If you're older than about ten, I would skip it.
- Slam, by Nick Hornby - So far this is my book of the summer. Hornby is easily one of my favorite authors, and for great reason. He has a knack for weaving modern culture into a story about modern social themes, and throwing in a big splash of humor along the way. In this case, a young skater has his life turned upside down when he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. Like the excellent movie Juno, Hornby is not afraid to acknowledge that kids are having sex, and there are consequences. But he does so in such an entertaining and thought provoking way. So far, this is my "if you only read one book off of this list, read this one" suggestion.
- I started an interesting book called "The Rule of Four". It's about a group of college students who are studying an ancient Rennaissance text. Things start to get really serious when somebody turns up dead. It's a pretty good book, but it's pretty thick, both literally and figuratively. Hopefully I'll finish by this Friday, but don't count on it!
(My contribution to Summer Reading Club)