Over the week I have read and reviewed the following:
The Saintmaker by Mary Carroll Patrick
The Dead See by Marcus Gibson, and
Casino Shuffle by J. Fields Jr.
After recently reading The Fulcrum Files by Mark Chisnell I have found another fascinating real life story relating to sailing. So I now have a DVD copy of Deep Water and a book - A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols lined up to find out more about another amazing story. Watch this space for the book review!
Once again I'm joining in with GReads, where there is another fantastic question. This week it is:
Which book from your school days do you remember reading & enjoying? Is there a book published now that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?
Strangely enough I was thinking about this earlier today before I saw the question. I did English Lit at A-level and one of the books we studied was Hard Times by Charles Dickens. It was my first introduction to his work and gave me a real appreciation of it. Since I have read more of his books and have plenty more in either hardcopy or e-books to read. My favourite book in my collection is a copy of The Pickwick Papers that is over 100 years old. I'm too scared to sit and read it for fear of damaging it but I love to touch it and look at it.
As far as books that I think should be on the curriculum rather than name a particular book I would say that anything that will challenge perceptions and make young people think about issues they might otherwise ignore should be on the list. At school I remember reading Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, about a young woman who starts to develop feelings for another girl to the horror of her religious mother, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry about racism in the American South during the Depression. Neither were books I would have necessarily chosen myself but both made me think about important topics.
Thanks to everyone who hops on by, and have a great weekend.