September 18th, 2017
I finished reading The Hate You Give this weekend. I really enjoyed the book, and I’m so proud to have already finished reading a book this school year. Angie Thomas tells Starr’s story beginning with her friend being shot and killed by 115. through her navigating life while keeping the story close to her. Starr grows as a person as she navigates her life post Khalil. The loss of a friend who she felt she had left behind, not talking about her being a witness and her need to speak about what happened to the police and district attorney.
Another summer another reading list
Right now I am finishing Zadie Smith’s Swing Time. I’m enjoying the story, but I’m anxious to read another book.
After that I will be reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. It’s our book club selection. While I am not hooked in yet, I hope it will draw me in.
After that is Woody Guthrie’s Bound for Glory. Our 11th graders are reading it this summer and I am looking forward to reading his autobiography.
Also on the school front is Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad. He’s an other I’ve tried before. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with this one. True zombies are not my thing. And there’s more, Sula by Toni Morrison.
And still feeling like I need to read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A leftover from last summer.
What else, what else. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James.
That’s seven books. Probably need to get through five before the end of July.
My Summer Reading Challenge
So can I read a book a week this summer?
I think I’ll begin by finishing a couple of books I’ve begun – The Handmaid’s Tale and Citizen.
And the I’d like to read All the Light I Cannot See. And Fates and Furies.
A Murakami book – can’t decide between The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore.
I want to read the Coates book I gave to Collins Between the World and Me and also Gathering Moss.
Another book on my list is Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. Also thinking about Ian McEwan’s The Children Act.
I’d been trying to think about a collection of short stories I’d like to read; I think I’ll finally give 10th of December a try.
What else, what else.
I began my summer reading with Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and thoroughly enjoyed her story. She invites her reader into the life of a Nigerian woman living in the United States and provides the clear perspective of the outsider. As her reader I winced as she faced difficult financial challenges and those of finding a place where she truly fit in. There were many opportunities to laugh, too. Additionally I learned a lot about life in Nigeria. Her story helps a reader go beyond the country in the news.
Siddartha by Herman Hesse was my next read. One of those books I somehow missed as a high school student. My favorite part of the story was along the river where “time does not exist.” Because the river is “everywhere at the same time, and for it only the present exists. I hope that my students will enjoy the story and look forward to discovering where it takes them.
Dave Eggers book, The Circle is a book I am still talking about and thinking about. His story follows Mae as she begins to work at The Circle. First she is allured by the cool of the company. She quickly is drawn into the culture of company that consumes its employees and the world beyond. It’s clear to distinguish what’s right and what’s too much. And frightening to notice so much of The Circle in our everyday life.