October Book Log

November 1, 2016

This was a good reading month. I’m nice and on track to read 75 books this year, so that’s fun. Onward.

  1. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (4.5/5) – I was interested to see how this book was. Springsteen, obviously, knows how to use words, but I was prepared for this to be a bit of an over-wrought mess. It wasn’t. It was, in fact, really interesting. There are somethings I’d like to have learned more about and some things I could have with less of, but in general, it is a well-told life story and Springsteen really is a good writer
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (4/5) – I was an adult by the time Harry Potter became a thing, so when I read the books it was mostly out of curiosity. I remember finding the first several books unspectacular. However, this time, I was reading it with the kids and it did radically change my experience. They are hooked and a good time was certainly had by all.
  3. Distant Lands: An Anthology of Poets Who Don’t Exist by Agnieszka Kuciak (4/5) – Another in my run of bookstore poetry finds. This is a fun concept and she deftly manages to write from many different voices and personas. Some of those voices enchant me and others don’t, but they all appear distinct.
  4. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (5/5) – Re-read this for teaching. I still think it has the most recognizable quotations of any Shakespearean play with the possible exception of Romeo and Juliet.
  5. Drifting House by Krys Lee (5/5) – This is a really nice collection of stories that address Korea, especially the north/south tension, in a way I don’t know that I’ve ever seen in English-language literature. Not that it hasn’t happened, but I haven’t read it. Add to it that her writing is very, very, very and good and it makes for a en excellent read. There are several teachable stories here for me. I have her other book in my to-read pile right now and I’m excited to get to it.
  6. Glimmer Train #97 (3.5/5) – I feel like this was a slightly off issue for Glimmer Train, but there were still several really great stories.
  7. Mischling by Affinity Konar (5/5) – This was a good reading month and this book was the best thing I read. Completely heartbreaking. I don’t want to write too much about it, but I do want you to go read it.