Wednesday, April 1, 2009

March at SmallWorld Reads

March was a pitiful month for reading. I've posted only six entries at SmallWorld Reads and finished five books.

Books Reviewed
Tramp for the Lord
The Bookseller of Kabul

Finished but not yet reviewed: New Moon, second in the Twilight series. (I wasn't crazy about Twilight but my friend begged me to keep reading. I'm glad I did. More later.) Also Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, which I really enjoyed. A mostly off-topic note here: Jesse is taking English 1010 at the local community college. They do the "common book" method there, where all English 1010 classes read the same book (in this case, Persepolis) and each instructor teaches it in their own way. He wasn't crazy about the class at first partly because he was hoping for more literature, but he's ended up really enjoying this thorough approach to one text. And I've been absolutely thrilled (and gratified) with his writing for the class. Phew! That boy can write an essay!

Kids Books Finished: We finished reading Carl Sandburg's amazing Abe Lincoln Grows Up. Since then we've been reading various short books about the Civil War along with Irene Hunt's Across Five Aprils.

Favorite Book of the Month: Paula by Isabel Allende

Books to Movies: Gone with the Wind (As part of our Civil War unit. I've been watching it since I was a little girl, and for the first time I watched it with my kids. Loved the book, love the movie, love that my kids loved it!) and Twilight (I really, really liked the movie. Bella was perfect.)

Currently Reading: The third book in the Twilight series, I say with a slight blush.

Sunday Scribblings:
Dear Past Me, Dear Future Me

And most weeks I perused Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books, my favorite place to glean new titles.

I am quite sure that April will be a better reading month! If you are looking for something to read, I've got loads of reviews on my sidebar at SmallWorld Reads, from this year's books to ones reviewed in the past few years.


  1. I read Persepolis last year after Noah had to read it in his community college "Graphic Novels as Literature" class. I have always had sort of an aversion/dislike for reading anything in comic/graphic novel format, but Noah told me I'd like this- and I did! Now that he's convinced me to read a few Neil Gaiman books (which I found myself liking more than I expected), he thinks I should continue to push my graphic novel aversion away and try reading some Sandman now. I think I'm going to try it, if for no other reason than it's sort of fun to take book suggestions from my 19 year old. After years of reading and recommending books to him, it's kind of neat to me that now he's pushing me in new reading directions.

    I still haven't tried Twilight yet, even though my daughter has read all of them. Maybe someday when there is truly nothing else to read in the house...:).

  2. Twilight....still haven't been able to pick it up yet. DD has asked about it, so I may cave and read it soon.

    The English 1010 reference made me think of something I heard at the PSCC open house. If you know any rising juniors who are planning to take 1010 next year, they are out of luck. All English classes are open only to seniors. That is going to leave several of us in a bind :-(

  3. Ahhh, Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite movies and books of all times. And I am loving Twilight- the books especially, but the movie was pretty good.


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