Highschool girls

First there was Nancy Drew, then there was the Babysitting Club, and now, well high-school girls have “Gossip Girls”. Lately I have been trying to read more children’s novels, and I overheard quite a few girls at different times talk about these books. I picked up one book and the back had this description, no kidding, “It’s Sex and City, for kids!” I have yet to read one of these books, so I will refrain from speaking anymore harsh judgment, but I can hardly think of these books as encouragement for children to read. If anything, it trains them to read the tabloids.

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To clarify the last post, this is not the last time I write about what I’ve been reading, but the last time I make a list. At least a month collectively unless I don’t update for over a month.

April Books

This is going to be the last month that I write a monthly update for the books I’ve read. One, because its a lot to write at once and Two, because its a lot to ask someone to read. So without further ado, (in spite of being deliciously filled with ice cream):

Jane Austen by Claire Tomlin.
I wrote my senior thesis on Jane Austen’s last book, Persuasion and this was one the books I may have used a resource (but never read completely). The biography was concise and not just about Jane Austen, but her family as well. This came to be tiring after some time because I didn’t read the biography to learn about Jane Austen’s family, but looking back I see that in order to even see a slight picture of Jane Austen we have too look through her family. Well-written and I look forward to even reading another biography by Claire Tomlin in the future (if there is another figure I’d be interested in). @@@

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
I read this book because he passed away this last month and also because a few people have recommend this book to when I mentioned that I liked dystopia books. This book approaches dystopia different in light of World War II and I would definitely say that it is probably the least I like. Not much else to say. @@

Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury.
I actually just completed this book yesterday, but I felt that it still falls into April. I loved it. Bradbury is poetic, as much as he may deny it. @@@@

Other books:

Song of Roland
New and Selected Poems Vol. 2 Mary Olive
Letters to a Young Poet Rilke
Moods of Future Joys Alastair Humphreys

Its been a better month…Vacation also provided a chance to read more. I read one book in just one morning.