I’m feeling guilty for neglecting this blog for so long. Really, with everything I’ve had going on, it was necessary, but I’ve got this quirk about keeping up with things I’ve started. Last night, I finished another book. I’ve probably read a dozen or so since graduating. I mentioned yesterday that I haven’t been able to write. I once had a creative writing teacher tell me that if I couldn’t write, at least read. So, I’ve been reading a lot. The other day in the bookstore, I was browsing aimlessly without a plan in mind. I picked up a book, Light in August by William Faulkner, and read the back. The story interested me, but I was more struck by the quote on the back.
“Read, read, read. Read everything-trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” -Faulkner
I love to read, and I love books. The smell, the texture, the words, the stories, characters, and settings. I am a book junkie. Modern, classics, pop-fiction, literary fiction, teen fiction, fantasy, I’ll read them all. So I decided to share my summer reading list-the stories I’ve read, and the novels on my to-read list. Pick up a book and enjoy!
Some Novels I’ve Read in the Last Month
Firefly Lane-Kristin Hannah – Reminds me of Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. An excellent characterization of the friendship between two women. Be warned, it’s a tear-jerker!
Shadow of a Quarter Moon-Eileen Clymer Schwab – Historical fiction. The story of a runaway quadroon and her experiences in both the white and African-American community. Her interactions with characters in the Underground Railroad are very entertaining and pretty accurate.
The House of Spirits-Isabel Allende – I was seriously impressed with this book. At first, I had a hard time getting into the characters, but I stuck with it and absolutely fell in love with some of them. The political overtones were wonderfully done, and really captured the essence of an oppressed people.
American Poet-Jeff Vande Zande – A great coming of age story about a college graduate with a degree in poetry who comes home to find that his degree is pretty much worthless in a town that cares nothing for the arts. Denver Hoptner is a character that seriously reminds me of Holden Caufield with his sarcastic outlook. Very awesome read.
The Penelopiad-Margaret Atwood – I have to say I was a little disappointed in this novel. It’s basically the story of The Odyssey, told from the point of view of Penelope. I found her character very shallow and whiney in this story, and I don’t think this is one of Atwood’s best novels. I highly recommend Oryx and Crake though!
Water for Elephants-Sara Gruen – I loved, loved, loved this story! From the first page, I was invested in the characters. The settings were very well written, and nothing felt contrived about this tale. The ending made me sad only because I wanted the story to continue.
My To-Read List
You Can’t Go Home Again-Thomas Wolfe – I’m 100 pages in. So far, I am enjoying this story. Wolfe has a poetic structure to his sentences that makes them seem easy to read.
In the Lake of the Woods – Tim O’Brien
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway – I’ve attempted to read this several times, but I seriously hate Hemingway. (I WILL FINISH THIS BOOK IF IT KILLS ME!)
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy-E.L. James
Through Wolf’s Eyes-Jane Lindskold
And finally, any other book that I pick up that looks interesting 🙂