7.01.2012

Reading life review: June

Number of books read in June: 13
Number of books read in 2012: 66
Complete list here.

The Iceman Cometh (Eugene O'Neill) Play. Related entries here and here.

Tiger Eyes (Judy Blume) YA fiction. My Chapter 2 choice for Girl Detective's "Summer of Shelf Discovery" reading project. Related entry here.

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) Fiction. With the Misses. Recent chapbook entry here. From the archives: here, here, here.

Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations into Veronica Mars (Rob Thomas, editor) Non-fiction. Edited by the the series creator, this somewhat uneven collection of essays served as a lightweight diversion while we awaited Season 2 from the library.

Roy Lichtenstein, 1923-1997 (Janis Hendrickson) Non-fiction. Related entry here.

Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) Fiction. Folks have raved about this: here, here, here. I thought it was competent -- entertaining and well written -- but overpraised, which can irritate me. You know, earlier this year, I loved Sister (Rosamund Lupton), which is, for all intents and purposes, in the same genre. Sometimes, it's all about how you arrive at a book.

I Am the Cheese (Robert Cormier) YA fiction. One of two Chapter 3 assignments for the "Summer of Shelf Discovery." Related entry here.

Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson) Fiction. With the Misses. How did we miss this when they were little? What a lot of fun. Admittedly, it's just a straightforward adventure story -- one improbability heaped against another, with a beguiling narrator, a cunning pirate, and quaint prose. But... we liked it. More, Treasure Island may well prove to have been just the reading respite we needed since we now turn our attention to the demanding Othello, .

Daughters of Eve (Lois Duncan) YA fiction. The second Chapter 3 assignment. See link above.

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (Nicholas Carr) Non-fiction. Finally! Chapbook entry with related links here.

Lament for a Son (Nicholas Wolterstorff) Non-fiction. Chapbook entry here.

Are You in the House Alone? (Richard Peck) YA fiction. A Chapter 5 selection for the "Summer of Shelf Discovery" reading project.

Othello (William Shakespeare) Play. With the Misses, in anticipation of this year's trip to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Chapbook entry here. I recently wrote to Aunt M-mv:
Of all of the plays, it is the least complex, structurally. It is a linear plot with neither comedic respite nor subplot to leaven its inevitability, and it's so easy to communicate its ideas to teen audiences -- the ease with which we can be worked up into sexual jealously, the ridiculous nature of Iago's grief against Othello, the sense that this is just a romantic comedy gone murderously wrong, etc. But most schools won't touch it with a pole of any size, which is too, too bad. This is likely the one that would hook even the most reluctant student.
Next up are the Saccio lectures on this tragedy, then the trip to the Festival.