While I'm still not technically done with my EdM yet, I'm not currently working on it and so I have been greatly enjoying the time I've had to read for my own pleasure. Here is what I have indulged in since classes ended.
Jane Jones is a 90-something year old vampire trapped in the body of a nerdy, awkward teenager. The worst part? She's allergic to blood. However, when she hears about a possible cure for her situation, which sends her directly into the path of the boy she has a crush on, life gets more intriguing - and dangerous.
This book was a lot of fun and totally the type of thing I like to read after a hard semester of academic books.
I downloaded this book because the author is someone I know from grad school. I never pictured him writing YA lit, but by his own account, he didn't either. It's a good thing he did, though, because this book is fun and thoughtful and interesting in ways that a lot of YA lit I've seen isn't necessarily.
Our protagonist, 16 year old James Whitman, quotes Walt Whitman to calm his nerves and has a bird therapist, the titular Dr. Bird, living in his mind. It sounds questionable, but it works, which is part of what makes this book extraordinary.
Dan Savage recommended this book on his podcast and even had the author on to discuss some of what goes on at hotels.
This book is billed as a behind-the-scenes look at the hospitality industry, which it is, but it's also the story of the writer's personal journey in the industry and how he came to accept the various hustles and deals that take place with or without guests' knowledge. If you travel a lot, this would be worth reading for the tips alone.
There was no way I wasn't going to like this book. I am a complete and total Dan Savage fan. I listen to his podcast religiously, I catch him on TV when I can, and I read his column when I can. I even follow his huzzzband on Instagram.
So this book did not disappoint. It was exactly what I expected and great to read. I don't usually read online reviews for books, but I read a few for this one the other day and was encouraged that there were people not necessarily already in his fanclub who read the book and came away from it with some new understanding. I'm sure there are many who dislike him and wouldn't walk away from the book thinking any differently, but I think the book is worth reading and deciding for oneself what your politics and beliefs are.
If nothing else, I think Savage is funny and the topics he broaches are thought-provoking. Agree or not, he's talking and writing about some of today's most important issues and it's important to be aware of what's going on.
I read this book for work. It's the summer reading selection for the school and the library is lending copies out for as many people to read as possible. Later in the summer we're going to have an online discussion with the author, which is something I always enjoy participating in.
This book wasn't the easiest read in some ways. The murders it details are terrible and sad (of course), as are details about police conduct following the crimes. In addition, the writer - who I would kindly describe as an amateur - has a writing style I often found distracting. Too many times, the writing style pulled me out of the events of the book and I had to shake if off to get back into the story.
That said, the story is compelling and the book is a perfect example of what a page-turner is. The author's goal is to have her cousins be remembered, to not have this crime forgotten, and that is achieved. At the end of the book, I grieved for the family and their losses and really wished the world had not lost these young, bright spirits. I recommend the book despite any reservations.
This is what I'm currently reading. Back when I thought my thesis was done and didn't require revision, I pictured one chapter of my life clearly closing and a new, me-focused one opening. Now, of course, I still have revision looming, but happiness doesn't have to wait.
This book is really interesting and is making me reconsider a lot of what I believe about happiness, purposefulness, fun, and friendship. I'm about halfway through but reading slowly because I'm really thinking about it as I go. I'll probably have more to say when I'm done. I already know, though, that I'd recommend it to others.