Saturday, March 30, 2013

Virtual Book Club- April 2013!

The Art of FieldingThe Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Jaime, Michele, and I started a virtual book club, and if you feel like reading along with us, our April book is The Art of Fielding.

(My dad definitely did not read this, it was published in 2011.)

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Friday, March 29, 2013


Why am I reading all books my father didn't read when I have hundreds of his books upstairs and my entire goal here is to read his books? Sounds like a good question right?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this one in less than 48 hours because now I had gotten caught in the story from the first two books. It's very entertaining and sad. The ending is satisfying but not sticky sweet. I fell for these books despite my resistance because they're not "literature." Ah well,I can't live on only vegetables.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Book of Drugs: A Memoir by Mike Doughty

The Book of Drugs: A MemoirThe Book of Drugs: A Memoir by Mike Doughty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm pretty biased in Doughty's favor because I'm a fan of all of his music. On the other hand, maybe I'm also biased in the other direction because I take some of his scathing criticism of his fans a little personally. So take what I say however you will.

He writes well, and he writes honestly. He betrays even his darkest thoughts. I believe there is goodness in truth, and so there is goodness in this book.

But, but, but: Though he is harsh on himself by admitting every thought, it's tricky because he's not precisely sorry for the bigger moral transgressions. It's not the drugs that are a gateway to worse things, but falterings in morality. We have to hold ourselves to a high moral standard-- not out of snootiness or superiority-- but so we can be happy with ourselves and each other. Maybe he's trying to reach some of this at the end, but it sort of feels like a slapped on cheery ending. It doesn't really sound like him.

Still a big fan.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very stressful read. Even though I knew how it would turn out, I was still so stressed the entire time because some other character was going to be murdered in the worst possible way. And it's all children! The horror.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

Ramona the Pest (Ramona, #2)Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like this one much better than the first one. Ramona is 5 years old and starts kindergarten. This time she gets into milder but funnier trouble than in the first book. Her older sister Beezus is only a minor character in this one. The author does a great job of capturing the perspective of a 5-year old child.

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