The most recent reading list

by Rachel Baker on February 22, 2008

bookshelfHello friends,

I’ve got several books I’m working on finishing and instead of waiting until I completed one, I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you about what I’m reading and my initial thoughts on each.

You’ve seen the mini-series ‘Roots’ right? Well, I suggest forget everything you’ve seen in the movie and read the book! I’m thoroughly enjoying the Alex Haley’s tale. Is it more fiction than not? Who knows…but its a great story. I’ve been reading this book for a week and I’m just now to the point where Kizzy had her baby – who will grow up to be Chicken George – and I’m more than halfway through the book. I thought because I’ve seen the mini-series a few times, I’d be bored with the book. Thus far, this has not been the case.

I’m STILL reading Ulysses… augh. What a task this book is! Any one want to send me a “users guide”????

A friend of mine loaned me ‘Field o’ My Dreams’ by Gene Stratton-Porter. This is her poetry collection. Its interesting because each section gives some background to when the poems were written. I’m leafing through them, but that’s about it. Are they disappointing? No, not really, but its hard to read three line descriptive poetry about every type of bird or moth or flower imaginable. Its interesting the language she uses to describe things; but I’ll be honest, I like her stories WAY better than her poetry.

I went to a used book store last week and found a copy of ‘The Wizard of OZ‘. Remember I told you I wanted to read some children’s lit? Well, let me tell you the problem I’m running into: The book isn’t a musical. I expected to hear “we represent the lollypop guild, the lollypop guild, the lollypop guild”; I expected Dorothy to sing “follow the yellow brick road” and I expected to hear “if I only had a brain, a heart, a home…” AND damn hollywood… they made up those songs for the movie. And I can’t get past that Dorothy in the book is WAY younger than Judy Garland. The only thing character that works for me is Toto – he’s the only one that hasn’t been screwed up by Hollywood taking over my imagination.

I bought “Black House” by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I know, that seems strange when put together with the rest of the books I am currently reading. Well, I’m a BIG Stephen King fan and most specifically in this instance, I’m a huge Dark Tower Series fan. Evidently, the house in the Dark Tower Series is based off the “Black House.” Previously in my Stephen King period, I refused to read books that were collaborations between King and another author. I missed “Black House” and I am going back to get the background on this reference from the Dark Tower Series. PS. If you want to read a great story, pick up the Books from the Dark Tower series. You won’t regret it. Its a little Sci-Fi, its a little romance, its mystery and murder, and a great character relationships!

I received two Review Copy books. One is a novella called “Consequences: when Love is Blind” by Linda R. Herman. There’s only 123 pages in it, so I finished it. It was decent. The concept was good, though I think the book would have been better as a full novel. The author wrote the book to raise awareness concerning HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. Will she succeed in this endeavor? Yes, I think she will; but only to a very small targeted audience. Unfortunately, she may not reach the audience that really needs to receive the message. I wish her luck on this publication! Herman’s main characters are mostly true to form. There are a few characters I would have liked to have seen her flush out a little more – just to see what she could have done with them.

The second review copy I received was Barnes and Noble’s First Look of Poppy Adam’s ‘The Sister.’ I received this one two days ago and have gotten through the first section of it. Its good. Am I sucked into the story? Not yet, but I’m hopeful.

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