June marked the end of the school year and so I had to really push to finish two books I was reading from our school library. The rest of the month’s reading was guided by fascination and fun.
The Eternal City by Paula Morris: This book was a great launch into summer. It takes an intriguing look at a high school classics student’s visit to Rome with her class and the strange events that occur starting the day of their very first day in the city. Watch out for the birds!
The Freedom Writer’s Diary by The Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell: This is a fascinating and inspiring story that shows the difference one teacher can make in the lives of her students. The students’ journal entries are eye-opening and heartbreaking for someone who has lived comfortably in the middle class, even if it was often in the low-end of the middle class. However, as a teacher, I also find it alarming. Gruwell pours so much of her life into her students, and while it works for the four years she has them–not, I am certain, without some stress, this cannot be the recipe for an effective teaching career. It simply demands too much of Gruwell’s life.
Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger: This was another marvelous romp through Carriger’s YA steampunk series. Sophronia and her dirigible finishing school embark on a mysterious trip to London. As in her previous novel, intrigue and adventure ensues.
Charlotte and Emily: A Novel of the Brontes by Jude Morgan: A challenging and fascinating look at the lives of the Bronte’s told, primarily, through Charlotte’s eyes. The point of view, while mostly Charlotte’s, but occasionally including that of her siblings and other people closely involved in her life, is such a tightly written first person that it can be confusing at times. However, having the patience to follow rewards you with a highly engrossing read. Even though you most likely already know how this story ends, you can’t help hoping somehow this reading will show you something different.
What books have you recently read that you would like to recommend?