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Girlchild, by Tupelo Hassman
I was in sort of a book-hangover from Pure so it was hard finding another book to pick up and stick to. After three attempts at different books I finally settled in with Girlchild and loved it.
The author really makes you feel for the main character, Rory Dawn who is a white-trash girl living in a white-trash neighborhood. The characters reminded me of people my mom described from her life, which was awesome. I lived in a trailer park for about 2 years as a kiddo and it was interesting seeing life from the eyes of someone who lived her whole life in them (RD’s white-trash neighborhood was in a trailer park near Reno).
Things happened in this book that made me pretty heated. Sad that people like that really do walk this earth. But, even though it had a sad ending, it seemed like all was eventually righted, as it should be.
Also: changing this goal from “read at least one book per month” to “read at least one novel per month”... I read a number of cookbooks, homesteading books and other nonfiction throughout each month – it’s the novels I was wanting to increase. 15 months ago
Pure, by Julianna Baggott
One of my new favorite books, immediately. Her way with words is absolutely amazing and I could easily get lost in her pages anyday. Pure was the first book I’ve read by her, but she has others (I picked up a different book of her’s last week and the writing is still amazing).
Pure is about two worlds in the not-so-distant future and about young woman and young man living in each of these worlds. Her name is Pressia, his is Partridge. Pressia lives with her grandpa in an abandoned barbershop, not eating much food, coughing all the time, and creating little wind-up insects. Partridge lives in a Dome. A Dome where everything is neat and tidy and no one goes hungry. They both want to escape their lives. They end up meeting and going on a pretty crazy adventure together. Crazy awful, crazy beautiful…
This was the sort of book that I set aside many times just because I didn’t want it to be over. I’d find other things to do while reading because I didn’t want to let go of the story. I love stories like that. 16 months ago
Conversations with God – but I skimmed over the last couple of chapters because I had had my fill, and decided that I will be unlikely to sell (but may give away) this book, so I will pick it up again when it’s needed.I also read:
- Labyrinth of Desire – Rosemarie __
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
I am in the (slow this time, did not borrow it from library so there will be no consecutive sittings of 10 hours) process of reading the final book of the Twilight “saga” which is not a saga, but a series. I go to the library to do this, and I read from 3 – 10 chapters depending on what seems like a really reasonable place to put the book down.
I have several other books to read – including Our Dying Planet, by Peter Sales – but I feel full and would like to take a break from reading for a bit. 23 months ago
Started in October, finished in December: Bill McKibbon. Deep Economy.
Now working on Jeremy Rifkin, The Empathic Civilization. 2 years ago
Giles Slade. Made To Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America.
The Book of Animal Ignorance.
New Moon. 2 years ago
Chris Turner: A Geography of Hope
Matthew Crawford: Shop Class as Soul Craft
John Ralston Saul: Voltaire’s Bastards 2 years ago