August Reading Log

Joel, KJV *
Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta
The Deadlist Monster, by Jeff Baldwin
Hosea, KJV *
Heidi, by Joanna Spyri
Waiting for Normal, by Leslie Connor
Daniel, KJV *
Patron Saint of Butterflies, Cecilia Galante
Rapunzel's Revenge, Shannon & Dean Hale
Framed, by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Ezekiel, KJV *
Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville*
Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

*denotes a title I resolved to read this year


Erin said...

you read Jellicoe Road!!

Noel De Vries said...

YES!!!! (review coming)

Ms. Yingling said...

Wow! Moby Dick. Had you had trouble sleeping or something? Good for you. Not an easy task. And I agree with you somewhat on Waiting for Normal, but it's amazing how many students do have lives with unfortunate casts of characters. I think reading problem novels makes teens feel better, but they are not my favorite thing.

Noel De Vries said...

Thanks for stopping by, Ms. Yingling.

I'm actually on a classics spree, so Moby Dick was just part of 2008's line up ... other books I've finished include War and Peace, Bleak House, Paradise Lost... you get the idea. :)

I certainly understand that many students have unfortunate lives and find solace in novels with dysfunctional characters. That was not my problem with Waiting for Normal. I just finished Melina Marchetta's Jellicoe Road. I'm in love, heart and soul. And guess what? Jellicoe's cast includes 1 (one) resilient girl, 1 (one) character who dies (preferably of cancer), 1 (one) dysfunctional parent.

But Marchetta's _writing_ pulls those characters out of the dime-a-dozen pit and creates a novel that _lives_.