Saturday, August 31, 2013

Poetry Reading Photos

Photos from last weekend's poetry reading with Tania Runyan at Brewed Awakenings coffeehouse in Westmont, IL.

Monday, August 26, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

I finished reading The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer last week, and it's one of the best books I've read this year. (Maybe in several years.) The characters were so likeable, and yes, interesting, that I didn't want to leave their world. I read the book more slowly than I would usually read a novel, because I didn't want it to end.

Today I picked up The Silver Star at the library, which is the latest novel by Jeannette Walls. I've been looking forward to this novel since I heard about it, since I've enjoyed all of her other books. It took my little local library awhile to get the book, but I've got it now and I'm very excited! I'm also reading Wedded to the Land: Stories From a Simple Life on an Organic Fruit Farm, by Joan Donaldson, who is a friend of mine from graduate school.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Summer Reading Part 2

Here are the rest of the books that I read over the summer, which weren't on my original list.
1. The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius, Kristine Barnett (memoir)
2. Vanity Fare, Megan Caldwell (novel)
3. Amity and Sorrow, Peggy Riley (novel)*
4. Glorybound, Jesse Van Eerden (novel)*
5. Mad Girls Love Song: Silvia Plath and Life Before Ted Hughes, Andrew Wilson (biography)*
6. Life Among Giants, Bill Roorbach (novel)*
7. The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman (novel)
8. The Feminist and the Cowboy, Alisa Valdes (memoir)
9. How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate, Wendy Moore (biography)*
10. Little Bee, Chris Cleave (novel)
11. That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo (novel)
12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky (teen fiction)
13. The English Major, Jim Harrison (novel)
14. Breaking Night, Liz Murray (memoir)*
15. The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer (novel)**

Note: the astericks indicate my favorite books of the summer, with The Interestings being my favorite overall.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Summer Reading

Here are the books that I actually read this summer from the list I had posted at the beginning of the summer. I ended up reading quite a few books that weren't originally on my list, and I'll post those at a later date.

1. The Art Forger, B.A. Shapiro (fiction)
2. With Robert Lowell and His Circle, Kathleen Spivack (nonfiction/memoir)
3. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, Alan Jacobs (nonfiction)
4. Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me, Karen Swallow Prior. I tried this one but only ended up reading a couple chapters. (nonfiction/reading memoir)
5. Glorybound, Jessie Van Eerden (fiction)
6. Better Food for a Better World, Erin McGraw (fiction)
7. Entering the House of Awe, Susanna Childress (poetry)
8. Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis, George Sayer. Another one I tried but gave up on. (biography)
9. Farenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (fiction)

Monday, August 19, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Over the past couple of weeks I've been reading a novel called The Interestings. Usually I read novels quickly, but I'm taking this one slowly because I don't want it to be over. Honestly, it's one of the best novels I've read in a long time, and I love the characters so much that I want to stay with them as long as possible!

I'm also planning to start reading a memoir this week titled When We Were on Fire. The memoir will be out later this year from a new imprint of Penguin Random House called Converge. (I've got an advance reader copy.) The memoir is about growing up in a conservative Christian subculture and a subsequent crisis of faith. And then, I'm working my way slowly through a book called The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers, which is a great resource for anyone who teaches high school or college level literature.

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