Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekend Reading

Friday night, in lieu of knitting I finished Ender's Game. I haven't read a good science fiction book in a while. Harrigan recommended it. And I truly enjoyed it. Science fiction is a human nature study, even if it's set in space or alien wars. It was hard for me to read about a child being broken down by his peers and neglected by adults that were raising him with "tough love". But it made sense and I couldn't wait for each moment I had to pick it up and lose myself in the story. That's what it's about right?

Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield are starring in the movie version set to release at the end of this year. The Trailer will be revealed at the new Star Trek movie. 

And of course because I volunteered at school to organize and level classroom libraries , I had to start a new book. Unusual Uses for Olive Oil.

It was an easy read and funny. The main character is such a dorky professor, completely lacking self-awareness at his social awkwardness. I finished this in about 2.5 days. It was also a very sweet book. Last paragraph, without spoilers, just sentiment:
"It's true," she said, reaching out over the back of the seat to place a comforting hand upon his forearm. She felt the olive oil on the fabric of his sleeve, but did not worry about that, because sympathy -- and friendship -- can rise above, can negate, the  misfortunes that so consistently and so unfairly beset others. Sympathy and friendship can rise above these things -- and almost always do.
The other parent I partnered with in the classroom and I skipped down memory lane, looking at the 5th grade library. We talked childhood books as well as current reads. I told her I had just finished Ender's Game which she really liked, and she recommended this book, outside of the Ender's Series. Reading again has been awesome.

Next up: Continuing to learn perspective with Raising Cain, a few chapters at a time and then I return to the nightstand stack. I think either Death Comes to  Pemberley which Peppermint Mocha Mama seems to be endorsing! Or perhaps, I'll delve into Beautiful Ruins which many knitting bloggers seem to have enjoyed.

1 comment:

  1. Just read an Elizabeth Berg book. Pull of the Moon. It was well written but not a favorite of mine.

    You keep reading..!!! Its inspiring. I tried to read what my kids were reading but when they got to jr high, they really didnt want me to anymore!!!