Since the semester started back up, I haven't been reading many books other than those I need to read for class. But now that the semester is halfway over, for some reason I'm reading again. For class I just finished Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. This is a fascinating read, and every time I read it I underline more and more passages. Pretty soon I will have underlined the whole thing!
Most every day I read a small amount of poetry, and right now I'm reading David Wojahn's World Tree. I have to say, this book of poems is so fascinating that I am speeding through it and will probably be finished by the end of the week. The poems are odd and fresh and unusual. I also read a bit of a spiritual book each day, and right now it is Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, by Kathleen Norris. These are short chapters each on a word from the Christian faith, such as "Incarnation," "Salvation," and "Silence."
At the library this week I picked up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua, because I kept hearing about this book. I was excited that my tiny library had a copy! I don't really have time to read it, but I'm reading it anyway. It's ending up having a lot of connections to my class, since we are talking about education right now, and have spent some time exploring what getting a good education means in other countries/to other cultures. I'm also making my way, very slowly, through a book called Teaching Literature, by Elaine Showalter. I believe I started the book this summer and am still not finished. It's a bit dry, but contains some good teaching ideas.
As I type this up, I'm realizing what an odd conglomeration of books I am reading all at the same time. Click here to participate in "It's Monday, What Are You Reading?"