Sunday, November 23, 2014

Book List

I read 3 books in the last two weeks. 2 of them were for work, and 1 on them was my choice. This is progress in the area of book-reading, considering the last thing I read was 50 Shades of Gray about 2 years ago. 

I’m currently teaching at a high school 2 days a week and my seniors are reading Siddhartha. I read Siddhartha back in college in my Adolescent Literature class (Go UCSD Tritons!). It was a difficult read back then, and it wasn’t any better the second time around. Now, terms like foreshadow, symbolism, and motif are haunting me.  12th grade English is no joke.  

On the contrary, A Lesson Before Dying, which my sophomores are reading, was much easier to finish, but the content was pretty heavy. Set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940’s, a young black man is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The book is a tale of a teacher, who tries to impart pride to the man, who knows that death is near.

Bloom by Kelle Hampton is a memoir about celebrating beauty in the unexpected. I chose to read this book after stumbling upon her blog.  Kelle writes about her journey of becoming a mother, only to find out in the delivery room that her daughter, Nelle, has Down Syndrome. The book includes beautiful photos (she’s a photographer) and talks about the first year of Nelle’s life. I think I cried the whole way though.

Currently I'm reading these 3 books...1 for work, and 2 for leisure. I'm on roll. I might just start a book club.

All of my books are checked out from the Torrance Library. Libraries are the bomb. 

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