18 June 2008

happy summer reading

I've been doing a lot of vegging lately, trying to savor the last days of unemployment and lack of responsibility. There's nothing better than re-reading old fantasy books I used to love as a kid, and lately I've been making several embarrassing forays into the "YA" (young adult, i.e. I have to crouch down to be level with the bookshelves full of colorful covered, Newbery-medal-winning, thin spined books) section of the public library. A list of the books I've read so far, most of them in one sitting:

The Hero and the Crown - Robin McKinley (all of her books are about sword-wielding heroines, which I pretty much worshipped as a kid)
The Blue Sword - Robin McKinley
Spindle's End - Robin McKinley
The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin (I just discovered her sci-fi, and it's good--less violence, more solemn tales)
Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin

And some serious reading too:

The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen (wry and depressing)
The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
Blink - Malcolm Gladwell (a reference to some awesome psychological studies)
Who Will Teach For America? - Michael Shapiro

If you, like me, enjoy retracing your favorite childhood stories every time you come home, you might also try watching all of Hayao Miyazaki's films. Or anything that Studio Ghibli produces. They make you feel like a starry eyed kid again, a feeling I'm trying to recapture before I head off into the work world prematurely.


At July 06, 2008 7:17 PM, Blogger Julia said...

ah kelley. i love your blog.


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