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Books Lately: Going Off the Script

Finished Flowers for Algernon. Great book. Then I went to Missouri to visit my sister and left my library behind.

Tess has a good collection herself, so I chose a selection at the beginning of my stay and kept them in a little stack, but over the two weeks I only got through two: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The former was a good read, pretty short and simple, rather depressing in the way that classic tragedies are. The latter was a chore from beginning to end. I've been meaning to get to it for a while since it seemed like a book that everyone but me had read, but I came away with no enlightenment on why it's assigned and lauded all over the place. Depressing in the way that's just depressing.

But at least I got to scratch another square off my poster. Also got to check the Steinbeck off of my other list. Speaking of those, I decided on my next read by finding the first book that showed up in both, and accordingly downloaded The Great Gatsby (another one that everyone's read but me). Haven't started it yet, since I wanted something that wasn't a classic.

To that end, I had recently finished another Pelted'verse, Some Things Transcend - not my favorite in the series, but still good enough that I wanted to keep going - and now I'm on Dreamhearth. I have vague goals of straightening out the chronological order without checking to see which one's next.

I also brought a paperback to MO that we had in the house and I didn't think Simon or I was likely to read (I think it's titled Sing, Unburied, Sing), and traded it to Tess for her copy of World War Z, since she and Mom both read it a while back and loved it. It will probably take some time before I get to it though.

Now that I'm home I'm back to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I think I read it years ago but this time I'm making it count. Only problem is it's part of a Mark Twain collection in a huge hardcover just like The Gulag Archipelago Vol. 2, so having them both going at once is taking up a lot of coffee table space.

Poetry hasn't changed. I'll never get through Keats. Haven't been reading any comics lately and starting to feel the lack, so, vintage X-Men to be continued soon. That's all the news for now. Sorry if anyone likes The Catcher in the Rye.
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