As an English major, I expected to have a ton of reading to do each night. What I didn’t expect was that I’d want to ‘pleasure’ read on top of the loads of homework I’d been assigned. What can I say – I am an avid reader. Reading has honestly taken the place of television in my life and I must say, I’m learning A LOT! I’ve tried to post whenever I finish a story; however, I’ve been reading so much lately that I’m a bit behind. Over the past couple of months (along with what I’ve already posted) I’ve read:
“Our Nig” , “King Richard III”, “How We Are Hungry”, and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
Out of the four books – my favorite would have to be Jonathan Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”. This is one of those stories that is so original you can’t help but turn the page. I loved how Foer added photos to give the reader an idea of the “inner workings” of Oscars’ mind. I also really enjoyed the original premise. I think Foer’s creativity shined throughout the entirety of the novel.
I’m sure we can all recall a book we’ve read regarding the tragic events of September 11th; however, I can’t recall a book that had me in both laughter and tears. Foer approaches the subject in a respectful manner and allows us to get inside of the mind of someone who is still in the grieving process (a child no less).
This story in undoubtedly one of the best stories of the century.