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Looking Back on Books

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, particularly back into the habit of reading for fun. As an English teacher, I need to set a good example for my students of making time to read. Well, over Memorial Day Weekend I read a couple of books.

From wikipedia.org

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I was working on Jean Plaidy’s Mary, Queen of France. I really enjoy reading about historical figures, as they often lead scandalous and fascinating lives. Henry VIII’s sister Mary certainly fell under that – growing up at the Tudor court, followed by a short stint at the Queen of France, and then running off with Henry’s best friend (Charles Brandon), certainly creates an interesting read. Plus, the French court was full of ambition and scandal in of itself. I find this all fascinating, and enjoyed reading it. The only thing that annoyed me about the book was that it depicted Henry as being mildly angry about Mary and Charles running off together but accepting it. In truth, he was furious and it took his privy council and close advisors to prevent them from being imprisoned or executed. But as a whole it was an enjoyable read.

From wikipedia.org

I also read Wake by Lisa McMann. This novel was one that I found among the books that I was considering to take to school for my classroom library, and since I wasn’t familiar with it I thought that I would read it before telling my students to. It was a fascinating concept (the main character falls into the dreams of anyone sleeping around her, and can’t help it, and she lives with her alcoholic mother who ignores her), and I was enthralled with it. Like, I’m a fast reader and everything, but I finished this in 2 hours. No joke. I would definitely recommend it, although I’m hesitant about putting it on my classroom bookshelf because of some of the dreams Janie falls into and also because of it’s casual relationship with teenage drinking. I don’t want my students to think that I condone them drinking alcohol, because I don’t.

From bookfoolery.blogspot.com

Oh gosh, this book is heart wrenching. Mia is in a coma, and having a massive out of body experience, after a car accident that killed her parents and brother. Basically, she’s trying to decide to live or not. I may or may not have teared up like 4 times while reading this. So the story goes between the hospital and what’s going on there (from Mia’s point of view) and also Mia’s flashbacks to certain events in her life that relate to what’s happening in the hospital. It’s all from her point of view. One thing I loved about this book is that Mia is an incredible, Julliard-bound cellist, which she talks about a fair amount. I could relate to many of her experiences with her cello because of my experiences playing the viola and violin (from age 6). This absolutely has a place on my bookshelf for my students.

Note: the cover includes a quote from a review saying that readers of Twilight will like this book. This does NOT mean that if you think Twilight is an absolutely ridiculous book, like I do, you will not like this book. Just saying.

So that’s what I’ve been reading. What are you reading right now?

Kate

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  • Reply Rebecca

    Right now I'm reading Skinny by Diana Spechler, but I've just got a few chapters left! I'm not sure what I'm going to read next!

    May 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm
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