Monday, July 28, 2008

Self-Ed 7/28/08

Read this week:
Joy Luck Club (completed)
Anne of Windy Poplars (in progress)

Comments: I don't know if the Joy Luck Club counts as a classic.... It was on my high school advanced placement English reading list, so I'm going to include it on here as well. I really like Amy Tan's books (in my opinion, Joy Luck Club is the 'worst' of her books), although they tend to be a bit gritty.
After the romance of Anne of the Island (which I read in a day), Anne of Windy Poplars does seem a bit like a step backwards in the story. Still, much better than I remember from my last reading (about a decade ago).

Frankenstein (in progress)

Comments: I know, I know. I'm very slow. And I have no good excuse. Later last week, Harmony installed one of my oldies-but-goodies Star Wars games. Well, then I couldn't resist and I installed the sequel and started playing that, and so did Harmony. So we've been bad this past week.
But as for Frankenstein, I'm somewhere past the halfway mark. The monster has asked Frankenstein to build him a wife. I will make a very concerted effort to finish the darn book this week!!
Cross a couple of the books off my to-read-next list. Although I still want to read Robinson Crusoe, now I'd like to read Brave New World as well.

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  • Ginny

    You know, I have been re-reading the "Anne" books lately. I read them about once a year and this year I decided to give up on Windy Poplars. To me, that is the most boring book of all of them. I just can't make myself do it again. LOL! Some people love it, but I give up.

    P.S. Did you ever try the bread recipe? :-D

  • Thehotrod5

    Great Job you two! This week I completed Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and Across Five Aprils. I also read a dabble in a Debt management book :). I am starting The Hobbit today.
    Thanks for the encouragement!


  • Harmony

    Ginny, AoWP is definitely my least favorite (not including Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside, which I haven't ever read). I think it's the letter format. It just doesn't read like any of the other books in the series; it doesn't have that 'Anne' quality to it.

    Oh, and about the bread... I have not tried it yet! I meant to, and I completely forgot. I won't forget this time, though. As soon as we're done with the cornbread, I'm making up a nice loaf of your bread. I even made a note of it on our dry erase board. :-)

    Angela, good for you! I have not read Across Five Aprils, but it is on my list. I read Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry in 6th grade, I believe. I don't think I totally 'got' it back then. Especially since I was really clueless about race relations at that time. I still thought nothing of telling people that the black college students living with us were my sisters, and I thought the composers of "Jesus Loves the Little Children" had no imagination. Why "red and yellow, black and white"? How boring could you get? It would have been much more interesting if they were pink, purple, yellow, and green!

  • Smockity Frocks

    I like Anne of the Island. The letters from Davy crack me up!