Since one of my goals for the year is to read 26 books (that’s one book every two weeks for those of you playing along at home), I thought it might be fun to share some of the books I’m reading and liking with the internet.
This is round two, and I’ve gone through another 6 books. I’m sort of impressed with my progress. Lately I’ve found myself reading for hours on end. I keep looking for the midpoint, the next round of plot development, something to up the stakes. I keep remembering that books don’t have the same structure as television does.
1984 by George Orwell
Written during the beginning of the cold war, 1984 portrays a society where everything is regulated and the only emotion is hate. Big Brother, the ruling power that may or may not actually exist, controls the past the present and the future, with his minions updating the records every time something changes so that the history books say that things were always as they are.
I don’t really know what my opinion on this book is other than finally understanding the references to it. I’m happy to now be one of the enlightened, but other than that I have no strong feelings for of against it.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Of savages and class societies, Brave New World examines how the introduction of one “savage” impacts others in the society. In a world of birth control and mass consumption, we see the flaws of the system resulting in a writer, the savage, and the savage’s keeper being given a choice: stay where they are or be sent away where no one will see them again.
It’s a classic, and I enjoyed it. It get’s pretty deep, and sheds light on the world in which is was written as much as the possibilities still to come in the world we live in today.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Leviathan and John Green
Once again with my love of Young Adult literature This one is written from the point of view of two guys both named Will Grayson, and the perspective flip flops between them. While I liked the story, one of the Will Graysons seemed to think in one of my pet peeves (where everything is lowercase even when things should be uppercase. like the beginnings of sentences and the word i) which made it hard to concentrate at first.
Long Drive Home by Will Allison
This is the beginning of my reading novels meant for actual adults (beyond the classics). Written as a father’s confession to his daughter about how he and her mother broke up, it’s a touching, yet sad story of the end of a marriage due to a series of mistakes and half truths. A quick read, and a touching story.
Love is the Higher Law by David Leviathan
Upon seeing the cover of this book I immediately checked it out. It’s about three kids and their memories of 9/11, and the friendship they began because of the events following the attacks. It’s a topic that’s very close to my heart and with the recent attacks on Boston, all the more real. Again, this book is told from shifting perspectives, and in the best way possible.
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
A book about women and their love lives. This book has so many characters it makes my head spin a little. They are all somehow connected to the main three, Isabella, Lauren, and Mary, who all live in New York and are trying to find happiness in their jobs and in their love lives. It chronicles them watching as friends get married and they are bridesmaids again and again. The large cast of characters was a little disorienting at times, but overall I really loved this book.
I seem to be making much quicker work of 26 books than I thought I would. I suppose I was in a state of inertia where I hadn’t read anything for so long that I didn’t know if I would be able to continue, but now that I’ve started I can’t seem to stop. Have you read any of these? What did you think? Any recommendations for me?