September Books

Ten in September…that brings my total to 85!

1. That Summer, Sarah Dessen. A re-read, but a good one.

2. The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963, Christopher Paul Curtis. This was the first book for my adolescent literature class, and it was quite remarkable. The story is mostly about a family living in Flint, Michigan. The Watsons have three children–Byron, Kenny, and Joetta, and they have some grand imaginations and adventures. When the oldest son, Byron, gets into more trouble than the Watsons feel like they can handle, they decide to take him down to Alabama to stay with his grandmother for the summer and experience the racial prejudice down there. While there, Joetta attends church on the day that the 16th Street Baptist Church is bombed, and Curtis blends historical details with the coming-of-age of Kenny Watson. It’s a really good book.

3. Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson. The second book for Adolescent Lit. It was so good, I finished reading it six days before class.  The book is about the yellow fever that took hold of Philadelphia in 1793. I had no idea our country had experienced such an epidemic! This book is well-written, includes a lot of history, and is very difficult to put down.

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Slayer, Interrupted, Paul Lee. This comic book takes place before the first season of Buffy and provides some back-story about a time that Buffy spent in an insane asylum (her parents didn’t believe she was the slayer after her little sister Dawn found her diary…who would have thought?). It’s a great story, with good illustrations.

5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Note from the Underground. This comic book takes place after season six, I believe. It  features the appearance of an ex-boyfriend of Buffy’s named Pike. (Why the similarities to Spike? Not really sure.) It was also pretty great.

6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara. Don’t read this. It was terrible. Strange plot, bad writing, and illustrations that made it difficult for me to figure out who was who.

7. The Best School Year Ever, Barbara Robinson. Do I even need to talk about how excellent this book is?

8. Circle of Quiet, Madeleine L’Engle. An assigned book for my young adult literature class. It’s essentially a journal about her thoughts about writing and life and education. I really enjoyed reading her thoughts, even though I don’t agree with everything she talks about.

9. The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice, Wilkie Collins. A Victorian ghost story, of course. It’s either a short novel, or a lengthy novella. It’s wordy, at times, as the Victorians tend to be, but that’s never been an issue for me, as I love all the details. If this is any indication of how The Woman in White will be, I’ll have no problems reading that 600 page tome. 🙂

10. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle. This is required reading for my Young Adult Lit class in grad school. Be jealous.

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5 thoughts on “September Books

  1. Katherine says:

    Have you read The Moonstone? It is infinitely better than The Woman in White.

    • Haley says:

      No, I haven’t. This is my first introduction to Wilkie Collins. Maybe I can get to it on Christmas break…? I’ve heard The Woman in White is excellent, though.

  2. Katherine says:

    It’s is good, except for the fact that you will spot the ending coming from a mile away. “The Moonstone” is great, not just good. I named my second car after one of the characters–Mr. Betteridge.

  3. Harvin says:

    Now that you’ve read Slayer Interrupted, does that mean that Buffy really WAS regressing to her past in an asylum… or was that episode a moment of magic-induced alternate realities?

    Also, I want to read the Las Vegas story line where Buffy and Pike apparently team up and see if there are any similarities to Spike.

    • Haley says:

      After reading “Slayer, Interrupted,” I’m actually LESS convinced that Buffy was really in an insane asylum. She seemed perfectly sane at the end, and she got out. In the episode where Buffy was in an asylum, it really seemed as though she were delusional.

      And ditto on the Vegas story. We should try to find that somewhere.

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