read, read, read, read...
i gotta read 3 books per week for my current class. i have a whole bunch of choices so am balancing out the books i really want
to read (typically at the older-young-adult end of the spectrum) with short ones (meant for middle schoolers), some of which i'm looking forward to, such as sold
by judy blume (doesn't this book bring back memories?)bright lights, big city
by jay mcirney (this dude has a cool style of writing. me gusto.)i know why the caged bird sings
by maya angelou (surprised with the fact i liked it since i had to trudge through the first buncha chapters)jacob have i loved
by katherine paterson (cried at the end, but i cry all the time so that's not saying much)girl with a pearl earring
by tracy chevalier (wanted to read this bc. i like the painting, but the back of the book never enticed me into actually reading it. so glad i did; reinforced the fact that i like historical fiction. such a nerd.)
on deck...snow falling on cedars
by david gutersonmaus
by art spiegelman (really looking forward to this)hoot
by carl hiaasen (yay, burrowing owls!)fahrenheit 451
by ray bradbury (i wanted to re-read this or re-read 1984 and this one won since it's half the other's length)wrinkle in time
by ...? (only reading this because it cost .25. maybe it'll surprise me.)esperanza rising
by pam munoz ryanhouse on mango street
by laura cisnerosout of the dust
by karen hessesold
by patricia mccormick (read this a while back. it's about a girl sold into sexual slavery. don't remember much now except that it was extremely moving.)
anyone read any books appropriate for an 11- to 21-year-old that knocked your socks off? honestly, some of the books are just normal, adult books (snow falling on cedars
is 450 pages, for chrissakes!) that somehow made it onto the booklist for the class. so mostly anything is OK as long as it's not fluff. i need a few more, particularly for the poetry/drama unit, sooooo... help would be appreciated.
i've hit a few thrift shops to get books and ideas lately, which is cool because they sell books for like .25. so now after i finish all this school reading, i have the second installment of bridget jones to read. (i have a hunch that i should feel silly admitting it, but i really enjoyed the first one v. much, so i don't even care. :)
now off to crack open snow falling on cedars!