Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Literary vs. Genre

Great little article in the New Yorker on famous "literary" authors who loved reading mysteries & other "genre" material. Great (respectful) angles on how each offers great reading, if not different expectations.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Currently Reading: The Book Thief

...by Marcus Zusak with my 9th grader. It's about an orphan girl trying to survive Nazi Germany who steals books (from burning pyres, etc) whenever she can so her soul can survive. It's paced well, not especially quick, though the language is beautiful & feels original.