Friday, March 9, 2012

you're reading my books, dreams old men dream

[day fourteen: something you're reading]

the past couple of weeks have been busy. they've been filled with homework and tests and present buying and favor making and bridal showers and birthdays. when my life gets busy, i tend to reread. the great thing about rereading is that you get a good story without the pressure to find out what comes next, and you can read multiple books at once. i have been reading enchantment by orson scott card at home and the disreputable history of frankie landau-banks by e. lockhart when i leave the house. or, i was until i finished it.

enchantment was one of the first books i ever mentioned on this blog. i read it the summer before ninth grade and it's been one of my favorite books ever since. card is a fantastic writer and storyteller, which is sometimes hard to find. all of his books are worth a read, but enchantment is by far my favorite. it tells the story of an enchanted princess from the past who is awakened from a magical sleep by a man from our time. it has magic and witches and knights and princesses and love and adventure and heartache and time travel and it's great. you should definitely read it if you haven't already.

frankie landau-banks is a young adult novel about a girl at boarding school who is realizing the double standards of the patriarchal society we all live in, represented in the book by her school. not only is frankie a good "role model" main character (if you consider a feminist teenager who basically turns the school upside down a good role model), but she is also a word nerd which is awesome. it's a fast read with huge font, being a book for younger readers, but still enjoyable. if you don't like to read young adult novels yourself, i'd recommend getting it for any younger girl you know. it teaches a lesson without the lesson being the main point of the story, if that makes any sense.

the other day i also started reading rich boy by i forgot who. i got it for pennies when borders was going out of business as an impulse buy and just never got around to reading it. i'm only like twenty some pages in, but it seems good so far. at least, nothing about it has made me feel like i was forcing myself to read it to "get to the good part." you know those kind of books? where the beginning is torture to get through but you know it gets good somewhere and you just have to force yourself to get to that somewhere? yeah, it's not one of those.

*Dreams Old Men Dream - Cold War Kids

3 comments:

  1. anonymous hippopotamusMarch 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    i HATE books like that..but even worse are the books that you force yourself to read because "it just has to get good soon" and then you read the last page, close the book, and realize thats it. the book was crap and you wasted your life reading it.

    i also hate books that leave me with this unsatisfied feeling....like it got to the climax but never quite brought it down to a conclusion and you end the book still waiting for the end. i mean i love them cuz of the suspensefulness...but at the same time i hate that feeling of wanting when the book ends.

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  2. yeah, i can usually find something about the book that was worth reading. but i completely agree on the second point. there are some books that are left a little open ended that o'm okay with, but i hate the unsatisfied feeling that is not caused by me not wanting to let go, but by the fact that it ended prematurely.

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  3. anonymous hippopotamusMarch 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    yay! you understood what i meant exactly! :D after re-reading my comment i was like crap that doesn't make sense. but you got it!

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