i'm three months in. this sucks, but i'm surviving.
while i suffer in agonizing silence (and occasional written word), here’s what i’ve been reading (and listening) to in the past month:
the zombie survival guide - max brooks
obtained through: libraryimpression: eh. it was fine. not nearly as funny as i thought it might be.
divergent - veronica roth
obtained through: libraryimpression: not as dystopian enough for me, but an interesting premise. it was entertaining, for the most part, until it turned in to a mushy love story. and civil war. this book could not decide what it wanted to be.
official book club selection - kathy griffin
obtained through: libraryimpression: hysterical. dry. great. it was also nice to get to know more about her life without the constant snark--a sort of window into the real person.
life as we knew it - susan beth pfeffer
obtained through: libraryimpression: the only thing more annoying than the mother in this book is the protagonist. seriously--i don't think i've read a more unlikeable character. skip this one.
panic in level 4 - richard preston
obtained through: libraryimpression: i tried to read preston's bestseller the hot zone but started having ebola-monkey fueled nightmares and quickly put it down. this is the answer to that problem--small doses of intense and scary situations that end just as you think you can't take anymore. most of the stories were less than extraordinary, but a few were awesome!
the devil and sherlock holmes - david grann
obtained through: already owned itimpression: i pretty much hated grann's magnum opus--the lost city of z--but think this book is much better. each tale is well researched, crafted, and told, and, better still, just when you're growing bored, the story changes.
unwind - neal shusterman
obtained through: libraryimpression: eh. this book started out quite promisingly, albeit the politics in it are a bit heavy-handed. i've grown bored in the middle, though, and have stopped caring about the characters. still haven't finished this one.
don't know much about mythology - kenneth c. davis
obtained through: barnes and noble free book fridaysimpression: the intro is quite long-winded and seems self-important, but davis has a lot to say about mythos and makes some great points. i'm interested to get into the "meat" of the book.
the odyssey - homer
obtained through: already owned itimpression: i'm back to teaching world lit 1, which means reading the classics again. while i've read all the stuff below before, i'm still counting it.
what can i say about the odyssey?! it's awesome, and polyphemus is a sissy.
oedipus the king - sophocles
obtained through: already owned itimpression: ummm...attempted infanticide, patricide, and sleeping with mom. how much more awesome (and disgustingly sad) can one play get?
medea - euripides
obtained through: already owned itimpression: this is probably my favorite play out of ancient greece. all of the characters are so easy to loathe, yet they all make rational arguments to support their craziness.
poetics - aristotle
obtained through: already owned itimpression: that's right, i make my students read poetics. yes, yes, i'm cruel. i happen to love this slice of nonfiction from so long ago.