Monday, September 27, 2010

My Booklist #5

1. Reading:

The Book Thief, (Knopf), by Marcus Zusak.  We're reading this in my 10th Honors English class right now, but it's one of those books I read FIRST on my own and thought: I MUST teach this to my class.  It's simply unlike any book I've read; sporting Bradburyesque imagery but delivered in a contemporary narrative.  Also very nonlinear, which of course I've got a soft spot for.  One of those books that makes me realize all my shortcomings and limitations as a writer.

- Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury.   This is an annual must.  Poetic, touching, eerie, my mind, the quintessential Halloween/buddies novel. 

2. Just finished:

-Boy's Life, (Pocket Books) by Robert McCammon.  Guess what? I just found a book I MUST make my students read.  Can't even summarize how I feel about this book; will have to make a separate blog entry for this...

3. Just came in the mail:

Slippin' Into Darkness (Kennsington), by Norman Patridge. This is a new big thing with me; when I discover an author that really HITS me, I go back and start collecting their early works.  I peeked a little, and this looks like something I'm really going to enjoy...

4. Just ordered:

End Times, (PS Publishing), by Rio Youers It's a ghost story.  Of loss, betrayal, pain, hardship...all the things that make us painfully and wonderfully human...oh, and did I mention ghost story....?