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What are you currently reading?
I’ve read a couple of Tom Perrotta’s novels and I thought they were just OK–but I’m enjoying “Nine Inches: Stories” a lot. So far I’ve read five of the ten. The common theme is everyday people trying to make sense of their lives in everyday suburbia. They’re definitely not lighthearted–these characters are dealing with some issues–but they’re good short character studies. If you’re at all into modern short story collections, I’d suggest giving this one a try.
What did you recently finish reading?
I may have to write a separate post about “Eleanor & Park” on another day–there’s so much to say. This book has had so much buzz about it since it came out this past spring that I was prepared not to be impressed. I figured it couldn’t live up to all the hype.
I was wrong. I LOVE being wrong about things like this!
This is the most emotionally moving book I’ve read in a long time. It’s classified as a Young Adult novel, but it’s not just for teens. It will take you right back to high school when you fell in love hard for the very first time–and is there ANY love that hits you like a truck the way that your first high school love did? There were lines of dialogue here that made me laugh out loud, and there were times when I was literally weeping at the sheer emotions that were being experienced by the two main characters–and conveyed so simply and so brilliantly be the author.
There’s probably going to be a movie based on this book at some point, but I’m not sure if I’ll see it. I know EXACTLY what these characters look like and what they sound like, and there’s no way that the pictures on the screen are going to measure up to the pictures that the author has painted inside my head. There just isn’t anything about this book that I didn’t love.
There’s been some controversy about this book (mainly due to some profanity), and it’s been challenged in a school district in Minnesota–but that’s all for a post on a different day. I’ll just say now that I think this book should be read by teens, by parents of teens, by adults who work with teens, and by anyone who remembers–or needs to remember–what it’s like to try to make your way through high school with dignity and self respect. This is a wonderfully entertaining and very moving book.
What do you think you’ll read next?
On to something lighter! My reading plans can change on a whim, but right now I’m thinking I’ll be reading “Show Me A Story! Why Picture Books Matter.” It contains interviews with 21 well known children’s book authors/illustrators. I work in publishing, I still like reading children’s books, and I’m always interested in the thought processes of writers, so I’m hoping that this will be an interesting read.
Have a great reading week, everyone!