September Book Log

October 1, 2017

Moving has caused reading issues for the second month in a row, but things seem to be smoothing out now. I’m in the middle of two big books and hoping October is a banner reading month.

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (4.5/5) – Taught this book for the first time ever. I hadn’t read it since college and it had soured in my mind. Turns out it actually deserves it’s reputation. It’s not perfect, but is very good and incredibly timely right now. Humanity has such a way of repeating the same mistakes over and over again.
  2. Human Acts by Han Kang (3.5/5) – I enjoyed this book, but don’t think it quite rose to the heights of her first novel The Vegetarian. That book presented us with different character perspectives whereas this one had large chunks trying to present a generalist we/you perspective that almost never works for me as a reader.
  3. The Stranger by Albert Camus (5/5) – I thought I was going to teach this, but ended up not teaching it. Anyway, I read it again, obviously, and still love it. I have some unread Camus sitting on my shelf that I need to get to. As is, Mersault is right up there with Humbert Humbert as one of the most interesting insane narrators in literature.