Several Book Reviews

I’m not going to apologize.  I’m really tired of this 30 Day Book Challenge thing.  Perhaps this is why the word “challenge” is in the title.  Anyway, I’m finishing it today, by simply putting a book in the following categories without explanation.  I’m also omitting redundant or ridiculous categories.  I’d be happy to field questions in the comments section, however.

Day 15: Favorite “chapter book” you can remember reading as a child:

Dicey’s Song, by Cynthia Voigt, is one of the first books I remember getting truly sucked in to. It was one I loved reading, dreamt about, and still think about today. I cannot wait to re-read it when my kids are the right age.

 

 

 

 

Day 21: Favorite picture book from childhood:

The Thingumajig Book of Manners, hard to find, worth the premium price you might pay on Amazon or Ebay or wherever you find it. This book is just good. All around good. Funny. Great illustrations. And as a bonus, it includes some pretty good advice about actual manners that my kids have taken to heart.

 

 

 

 

Day 23: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t actually finished:

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. God. Where do I begin? This book sucked me on the first page, as it did many people. The idea that this was a true account of an actual drug addict, well, obviously it was pretty compelling. Until it turned out not to be true. Then, it just became difficult to read. Because here’s the thing: reading about the events that may or may not have happened (could or could not have happened) to someone addicted to drugs? It’s dark. No matter how you slice it. As a true story I was compelled to keep reading from a respectful distance. As a fiction story pawned off as true to sell copies, just annoyed me and then grossed me out. Couldn’t finish this for so many reasons.

 

Day 25: A book everyone hated but you liked: (this goes for John too, which is what made me decide to teach it)

The first year I taught high school English I had juniors (American literature) and didn’t really know what to teach. The Scarlet Letter was actually John’s recommendation because it was one of the few books from high school he remembered liking. Obviously the language is difficult, and it turned out I was one of the last remaining teachers in my department still tackling this book. But when we took it slowly and really broke down what was going on, most of my students ended up liking it and resonating with the message.

Weirdly, the thing has become even more near and dear to my heart as I get older, and realize how many of Hawthorne’s principles still ring true today.

 

Day 26: Favorite book turned into a movie:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett was a book club pick for two different book clubs (I moved). When I finally got my hands on a copy, I realized why.

This book was just good.

And then the movie was good.

You’ve read it. Tell me you’ve read it. Never read it? Go read it.

 

 

 

Alright.  That’s all I’ve got.

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2 comments on “Several Book Reviews
  1. Thomas says:

    Thank´s for your posts in the “Challenge” though. It inspired me to order a book by Sloane Crosley that I have never heard of before here in Sweden, looking forward to read it!

    • claire says:

      I hope she doesn’t disappoint. I’ve been hanging out with her for a few weeks now (on to her second book “How Did You Get This Number”) and I feel like we could be roommates.

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