Sunday, May 1, 2016

Recent Reads | April

As it can be guessed by my lack of posts this month, April was a crazy mess. Between being a full-time student, working 25 hours a week, and attempting to maintain some semblance of a social life, reading and blogging got pushed to the bottom of my priority list. I only read four books this month and all of them were fairly short. Despite the limited number, they were still good ones and worth mentioning.


The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The Crucible was required reading in high school, but I pulled it out again this month as I desperately want to see it on Broadway this season. Miller's 1953 play about the Salem Witch Trials (with thinly veiled references to McCarthyism) is an engrossing, emotional one, and I definitely enjoyed it more the second time around. Because it is a play it's quite short in page length, and is easy to get through quickly.


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I first read The Kite Runner years ago and have been in love with all of Hosseini's books ever since, but this past month I had to write a paper on The Kite Runner, which gave me another chance to read it. I was hit again and again by the sheer humanity of the novel; Hosseini is so good at writing characters from positive and negative lights that even when they make horrendous errors in judgment we can still feel for them. If anyone hasn't read his novels before I would highly, highly recommend his work.


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third entry in Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle series, and honestly I was very confused by it. Perhaps I wasn't paying enough attention while reading the last book, but it seemed like there was entire subplot that I have no memory of... either that, or Stiefvater is a terrible plot writer. I've continued to read the series because she is incredible at writing characters, but I have had a consistently hard time getting into the plot of the series. Luckily there is only one book left, so either that will clear everything up, or I'll be left as confused as ever.


So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
This one's been bouncing around the blogosphere for a few months and I've heard nothing but good reviews, so I got a copy for myself. Each chapter tells of a different person that has been shamed in a highly public manner - from a bad joke on social media, a matter of plagiarism in a published book, etc - and the collective outrage that has poured out in response. Equally chilling and amusing, So You've Been Publicly Shamed explores modern life through the lens of the voice of the common person in the internet space.


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