On the Bookshelf

Currently Reading: Looking for Alaska is about a socially awkward teen who moves to a boarding school and befriends his roommate Colonel, a boisterous, sexy and ultimately self-destructive young woman named Alaska and a shy Tatukami. They revolve around the energy that is Alaska and they’re pranksters, rule breakers and life-seizers.¬† The story is separated into two parts: before and after Alaska’s death. It is a poignant look at manic depression and the ways that teens deal with death. Last night I started in on the “after” section and Andy kept looking over at me making sure I was alright as I sobbed and read. It’s emotional for sure but highly recommended.

Currently Reading: It takes a bit of dedication to read Jonathon Safran Foer but Everything is Illuminated is one of my very favorites so I was glad my friend Rachael loaned me Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The proximity of September 11th in the story is almost suffocating so it’s unlike anything else I have ever read. So far, the book has reeled me right in with it’s tender main character but I’m currently lost in the craziness of the grandpa’s story. I’m sure I’ll get pulled back in.

To Read: North of Beautiful was a typical Amazon recommendation based on other things I’ve liked so I swung by the library to pick it up. It looks like it will be a story about misfits who find love and a bit of fun. Sold!


On the Bookshelf

Recently Read: The Complete Persepolis is a graphic novel written by a woman about her firsthand experiences during the Iranian Revolution in the 1980’s. It’s engaging, well-written and extraordinarily creative. Whenever I read a book about a brand-new-to-me subject, I feel like a new window opens up in my thoughts. This was one of those books. I’ve been thinking a lot about present-day Iran how the revolution impacted everyone, especially given that it happened so very recently. I found her drawings of herself especially interesting as her facial features and looks morph while she goes through stages of self-deprecation or happiness. There is a movie adaptation of this book but I haven’t seen it or heard much about it.

Recently Read: I am hook, line and sinker a fan of the Hunger Games trilogy. The finale was highly anticipated and boy did it deliver. It was emotional, action-filled and managed a satisfying conclusion. I can’t really think of anyone who wouldn’t like these books. They’re awesome. Mockingjay was especially poignant compared to the pervious two books. Protagonist Katniss suffers, fights and ultimately . . . . well, you’ll have to read it to find out.

Currently Reading: Originally delivered as a radio speech during World War II, this book captures the emotions of a pivotal moment in time while covering the basic tenants of Christianity. I’ve just begun, but I already feel like this is going to be a great read. It’s logical and sensitive. I’m quickly seeing why so many people consider it a must-read.

Newsweek Book vs E-Book Illustration

Pretty interesting stuff here. I think the numbers will keep on changing as more and more people get an e-reader.

Barnes and Noble Online Sale

Major score. Some pretty great reads and an awesome price with free shipping! My finds: A Homemade Life, Lavinia, A Long Way Gone, The Translator, Writing Tools, Shadow of the Silk Road and Lords of Finance. Now I have a fun reason to check my mail every day! I’ve been MIA for the past few days because I came down with a nasty tummy bug. Never should have drank from the Clackamas Lake headwaters¬† . . .¬† ugh. Back now though.


Reading Now: In Defense of Food – A very interesting book on the current state of affairs with health and nutrition in the United States from the perspective of a journalist. Covers issues that really need to be addressed by every food consumer in the US.

Recommended: Half the Sky – An amazing life body of journalism by Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn combined to create a poignant book about the role of women in the developing world. Inspired me to sponsor a child through Plan and to look again at education as a career path. I would let you borrow it but I’ve already loaned it to my dad. A must-read.

On the shelf: Wesley the Owl – Andy is reading this book. He is in love. He also wants an owl as a pet so that makes sense. We’ll see if I even get to read it before it’s due back to the library.