It’s 2010 and I am about to embark on my last semester of college. It’s terrifying. But also a new year and new semester means new goals. One of those goals is to read more for pleasure and so I am going to start up this blog again. And stick with it. I hope.
I’ll post about the books I read, the ones I want to read and any news in the world of books. I also feel this would be good to help me get in the mind frame to apply to Simmons College for its library sciences program (with a focus on children’s lit). While I’m not sure it is the path I’ll end up on when I graduate, I want the option there. Otherwise, I hope to find a job copy editing at a paper in or near a city in the Northeast. I guess it’ll just depend where the chips fall this spring.
But for now, I’m going to enjoy this semester to the fullest and for once keep to all my New Year’s resolutions. I am also doing a book challenge until May with my friend and colleague Alex. We’re both going to try to read 7 books by May. that may not seem like a lot but considering we each have to juggle a full college course load and a job on our school’s newspaper — 7 books may be a real challenge.
The first book I finished in 201o was the Pulitzer Prize winner “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz. It got rave reviews and won many awards so I had to give it a go. And I did enjoy it, but it won’t appear in my favorite books list. The story of a Dominican boy living in America named Oscar, “The Brief Wondrous Life” takes a look at Oscar’s life as an overweight, science fiction-loving nerd living in New Jersey and his dreams of becoming an author and finding true love.
This book is not what I thought it would be when I picked it up. It wasn’t a happy heartwarming tale. It was funny, witty and amazingly written — but I didn’t smile much while reading it. Oscar’s life and the lives of his family members are harsh and full of hardships and pain. Oscar’s inability to find love throughout the book, and his self-deprecation, left me both parts feeling sorry for him and disliking him. And I also hated the end until I got to the last chapter — which actually made the book better for me. But so I don’t give anything away, I’ll stop there. I am open to many different kinds of books, but am picky about those I label as loved (and would reread) and those only as liked (which I wouldn’t revisit).
“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” goes in the like pile.
I’ll also include my favorite quote from each book I read. This time it’s:
“It’s never the changes we want that change everything.”
Next on my list? “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren