The Busy Giffs: Book Club Friday

October 26, 2012

Book Club Friday

So I've been a terrible reader.
I am spending all of my time reading tests and assignments and fun book reading has gone out the window, however, I have read a few books in classes and am adding them to my list!

Book #42

 From Amazon:
"Thought Police." "Big Brother." "Orwellian." These words have entered our vocabulary because of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984. The story of one man's nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but also individual thought and memory, 1984 is a prophetic, haunting tale.

More relevant than ever before, 1984 exposes the worst crimes imaginable-the destruction of truth, freedom, and individuality.

I think I'm the only person who didn't read this in high school, like wasn't even assigned it didn't read it.
I think parts are a struggle but it is extremely engaging especially with the current government and how much it is putting its hands into daily lives.
I am very excited to do this book with my seniors next month!

Book #43
Of Mice and Men


From Amazon:
 They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own.

 I adore this book. Always have and probably always will.
Even after reading it eight times and seeing the movie another four times.
It's such an iconic book and is such a high school staple.
I always tear up at the end of the book.

Book #44
A Reason to Believe

From Amazon:
 “I’ve simply seen too much goodness in this country—and have come so far in my own journey—not to believe in those ideals, and my faith in the future is sometimes restored under the darkest clouds.” —Governor Deval Patrick

In January 2007, Deval Patrick became the first black governor of the state of Massachusetts, one of only two black governors elected in American history. But that was just one triumphant step in a long, improbable journey that began in a poor tenement on the South Side of Chicago. From a chaotic childhood to an elite boarding school in New England, from a sojourn doing relief work in Africa to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and then to a career in politics, Patrick has led an extraordinary life. In this heartfelt and inspirational book, he pays tribute to the family, friends, and strangers who, through words and deeds, have instilled in him transcendent lessons of faith, perseverance, and friendship. In doing so, he reminds us of the power of community and the imperative of idealism. With humility, humor, and grace, he offers a road map for attaining happiness, empowerment, and success while also making an appeal for readers to cultivate those achievements in others, to feel a greater stake in this world, and to shape a life worth living.

I'm not sure how I feel about this book.
It's less of a cover to cover book and more of a bunch of vignettes thrown together. Each chapter is it's own lesson on life and Deval correlates a life event to that lesson.
It's a bit boring at times, especially if you aren't very interested in him but as a text that supports the American Dream, it fits the bill.

What have you been reading lately?
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  1. thanks for stopping by my blog!

    your books are a nice mix :)

    have a great weekend!

  2. I've never read 1984 either, but it's on my list! And I read Of Mice and Men earlier this year. Now I need to see the movie.

    Stopping by from the linkup! :)
    Easily Entertained

  3. I don't think I read 1984 in high school either (or ever for that matter). But Of Mice and Men is one that I actually read, and enjoyed back in high school.

  4. I'd like to go back and read some of the classics again. I could probably appreciate them more now that I can read them for pleasure and not pick apart every sentence :)

  5. These are some great classics! Good choices!


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