Archive for December, 2009

Update: Want to read list

It has been a while since Tiffany and I even touched or mentioned this blog.  We’ve both been swamped by school, and college applications and just life.  But since break has started, I’m going to get back to reading and hopefully reviewing.  So this is my list of want to reads.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary, Alison Anderson
Summary taken from Washington Post review:
Renée Michel is the dumpy, nondescript, 54-year-old concierge of a small and exclusive Paris apartment building. Its handful of tenants include a celebrated restaurant critic, high government officials and members of the old nobility. Every day these residents pass by the loge of Madame Michel and, unless they want something from her, scarcely notice that she is alive. As it happens, Renée Michel prefers it that way. There is far more to her than meets the eye.

Paloma Josse also lives in the building. Acutely intelligent, introspective and philosophical, this 12-year-old views the world as absurd and records her observations about it in her journal. She despises her coddled existence, her older sister Colombe (who is studying at the École normale supérieure), and her well-to-do parents, especially her plant-obsessed mother. After careful consideration of what life is like, Paloma has secretly decided to kill herself on her 13th birthday.

I really want to read this because it has good reviews, and the characters and plot really intrigue me.  And as 17 year old girl, turning 18 soon I just like reading books that could potentially give me perspective or a new outlook on life or philosophy anything of the sort.  And this book seems like it would delve into the deeper aspects of the things that I don’t normally get to see.  But I don’t know how I’m going to get a hold of this book, there are like 54 holds on this from the library, and I don’t have a job yet to pay for it.

Anahita’s Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

Summary taken from Amazon: Teenager Anahita, a nomad living in early-20th-century Persia, has been promised to the khan, or chief, of her tribe. This man, whose three previous wives have mysteriously died, is considerably older than she is, and she wants nothing to do with him. She convinces her father to let her choose her own husband by having potential mates solve a riddle that she has woven into her wedding carpet. Doing so goes against Muslim principles and causes controversy within the tribe, and trouble for them, as the khan exacts his revenge by taking away their migratory and water rights. Despite these circumstances, Anahita’s father agrees to continue with the competition. The main contenders-the khan, a schoolteacher, a shepherd, and a prince-all play an important role in Anahita’s life. She finds it difficult to go through with the contest, only knowing whom she does not want to marry, but an unexpected twist forces her to choose. This is an engrossing story that weaves in Persian culture, history, and surroundings, and portrays the life of a unique young woman and her quest for love. A Farsi glossary and a brief history of the time period are included.

-The reviews I’ve read for this book are really good.  And it has everything in a book that I like, culture, intelligence, a girl trying to empower herself, love, and riddles.  But apparently the author studied Iranian culture for 10 years before writing this book and is able to write about their culture in a beautiful way that will embrace its readers.  And that really appeals to me.

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Summary taken from All Meg has ever wanted is to escape from her backwater hometown. Away from certain memories, away from her parents who seem to want to suffocate her in their dull lives…away from everything. And it looks like she’s getting her wish, it’s almost spring break and she’s going on a trip to Miami and see the beach.

But then, Meg and a few friends end up on a bridge where, a few years ago, some kids died. They’re caught by a cop, John After, who’s only 19 years old and was one of the top students of his year…Meg can’t imagine why he would choose to remain tied down in the tiny town and work as a cop. But John is connected, strangely, to the bridge and Meg and her friends’ stunt provokes him to want to teach them a memorable lesson.

Meg is assigned to join John After during his night shifts for a week, to learn about the law and the importance of it.

Only, Meg isn’t one to be complacent and she pushes to find out exactly what promoted John to remain bound to the small town that she’s so determined to escape from. And he fights back, and stretches her boundaries in an attempt to figure out exactly why Meg refuses to remain in the small Alabama town that has shaped both of their lives so much.

And that’s my list.  Until then, happy holidays!


December 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm 1 comment

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