When school got out for the summer, I thought GREAT! Time to catch up on my #2015readinggoal of 100 books. You can see how well that’s worked out here:
Am I the only one who finds that “Looking strong!” comment irritating when below it says “5 books behind schedule” in tiny grey print? Whatever.
- There Are No Children Here – recommended to me by one of my book club friends, I found this account of life in the Henry Horner Homes, a public housing project on the west side of Chicago, to be startling and necessary. Though since demolished, the violence, desperation, and reality of this narrative is not a part of history but instead very present where I live today.
- Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America – recommended to me by a list of highly acclaimed and recently published non-fiction, I found this investigation of murder in Los Angeles to be relevant given that I was to travel there this summer. While I appreciated the compassion and craft involved in this author’s storytelling, it didn’t tell me too much that I didn’t already know. That being said, I’ve talked about it a lot, and things I’ve learned from it come up in conversation frequently.
- Columbine – lent to me by a co-worker, I began mentioning it in conversation when I first received it. Three people I knew said they read it and loved it. I saved it for summer time, thinking this book would be best read removed from the classroom environment and day-to-day stress of teaching. This was a good choice, I think. I devoured this book and can’t stop talking about it/thinking about it.
Oops, gotta go – I’m 5 books behind schedule.