Reading List # 10 — Atonement

I recently read Atonement by Ian McEwan for class. This was a marvelous book. Touching, mysterious, and tense, this novel weaves through and around the life of thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis as she grows into being a writer and an individual. Atonement doesn’t shy away from the idea that being a writer means taking risks that sometimes don’t always turnContinue reading “Reading List # 10 — Atonement”

Reading List #9 — The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

Hello again, dear Readers. Once again I am back with another installment of What is Liz Reading This Week? starring, well, me. After putting down the heavy weight of Go Tell it on the Mountain, Aimee Bender’s short story collection The Girl in the Flammable Skirt was a breath of air – but not necessarilyContinue reading “Reading List #9 — The Girl in the Flammable Skirt”

Reading List #8 — Go Tell it on the Mountain

The past couple of weeks I visited family in good ole West Virginia, and I read two books and just under half of another. The posts that follow are what I read while I was there. Maybe James Baldwin’s well-known religious-themed Go Tell it on the Mountain was appropriate fare for my trip. This textContinue reading “Reading List #8 — Go Tell it on the Mountain”

Reading List # 7 — Cat’s Cradle

Recently I read Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and I have to say that I am surprised that this is my first time reading it. I should have discovered Vonnegut ages ago. I should have read his whole body of work by now. In short, I love it and I’m glad to be reading it. SomeContinue reading “Reading List # 7 — Cat’s Cradle”

Reading List #6 — The Remains of the Day

Here are my notes on The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. I recently did a presentation project about The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, which is on my reading list — two birds with one stone and all that. This novel is a heavily internal narrative centered on an English butler named Stevens, anContinue reading “Reading List #6 — The Remains of the Day”

Reading List #5 — The Man in the High Castle

Here we go again. Please don’t worry about whether or not I’m going to be able to read all these books by August — I’ve read more than 5 of them, but I’m just behind on my posts. Phillip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle is a fantastic science fiction/literary masterpiece that takesContinue reading “Reading List #5 — The Man in the High Castle”

What and why is art? — Follow-up on Jesus’ Son

I mentioned in my post on Jesus’ Son that I was going to be discussing it with classmates and would post if anything interesting came up in the discussion. It was mostly the usual kind of discussion you have in that kind of craft class — what is he doing, how is he doing it,Continue reading “What and why is art? — Follow-up on Jesus’ Son”

Reading List #3 — Plainsong

Yes, yes, here it is, the elusive #3. I decided to not be lazy (ironic, considering I feel like poop) and finish this entry. This week, I read Plainsong by Kent Haruf. This book is about a group of characters in the town of Holt, Colorado. In a seemingly simple, episodic narrative, we learn all about thisContinue reading “Reading List #3 — Plainsong”

Reading List #4 — Jesus’ Son

If you’re confused that this is #4 and not #3, good on you for paying attention. I have #3 drafted, but I never seem to have the book around to grab quotes out of, so it will sit there for at least another day until I can stop being lazy and find the book. (IContinue reading “Reading List #4 — Jesus’ Son”

Reading List #2 — Things Fall Apart

Hello hello I’m back again with your weekly installment of What is Liz Reading and Why Should I Care, with the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Before you ask, yes, I have been reading Hero With A Thousand Faces as well, but it will require more time than anticipated and thus I am going to break up theContinue reading “Reading List #2 — Things Fall Apart”