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I am a voracious reader who is constantly found with her nose in a good (although sometimes not so good) book. I felt the need to share my experiences and suggestions, so here it is. Recommendations and comments are most definitely desired.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

What a Clever Boy

Currently Reading: The Count of Monte Cristo

I can't believe that I have never read this one!! It was absolutely awesome. My book loving friend and I were discussing what to read next and she mentioned that since she would have to be teaching it soon, she was going to read this book. It is on tap for my tenth grade students and so I thought it would be fun to read along with them. Lo and behold, I loved it. I was expecting something along the lines of A Tale of Two Cities. Wonderful at the time, but not something that you can truly appreciate at these times. You know how you always read those classics that are just written in a language that is no long applicable today. Well this was most certainly not the case. Maybe it is because it has been translated and abridged, but I was able to follow the entire story and was completely drawn into the tale. How clever he is! One level of intrigue after the next. You read about some small detail at the beginning and then a hundred pages later BAM, it was the catalyst of some complicated ploy. I am interested to hear my students' perceptions of the story and what they take away from it. Overall, it is a tale of revenge but also about redemption of a sorts. Very interesting and I am so glad that they are getting to experience some fantastic literature at their age. All too lacking in some of the other "teen" books I have picked up at the school library.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Finally!

Currently Reading: The Lovely Bones

Pg 328: "I wish you all a long and happy life."

Another fantastic rec from a student. I don't know how the movie worked, but I can't imagine since it is mainly a narrative from the point of view of a dead girl. The story follows her family after her death and the emotions and actions they experience based on this unfortunate event. What strikes me the most is that even though she is in "heaven" and traveling back among her family, Susie is not preaching a religious tale or trying to influence the idea of life after death. What I am taking away from this story is that life after death is something that the living actually experience rather than the dead. How do you deal with the death of a loved one? How will it change your perception of the world or its perception of you? It is an interesting topic. Susie's father is outward in his responses while her mother holds it in and eventually can't deal with it anymore and leaves. Her sister and brother are mixed. Susie is able to walk amongst her friends and family, at some times actually interacting with them or entering their subconscious. It is kinda fun. Like being invisible. She knows who killed her and the events surrounding the hiding of her body, but really can't do much about it. I was expecting a mystery to be solved, but it is mainly an emotional story. I liked it a lot, but don't know exactly what I am taking away from it. I guess the quote kind of sums it all up. Enjoy it while you can.

That being said, the reason I have been so remiss in my blogging is that I have not been enjoying life but rather stressing over the billion things that I have on my plate at the moment. I have read several books that should have been blogged about, but alas, time does not permit for it all. My list is growing and growing. I guess currently reading also needs to contain the lovely tome "Basic Statistical Concepts" too!!