C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces (via biblioslayer)
Stephen King (via abookblog)
Another tiny piece of Roald Dahl’s beguiling literary magic. It was a bit short for me as an older reader; I didn’t feel like I got to know the narrator well or understand her motives. But it is a perfect read for younger kids and beginning readers. The story itself is very straightforward and funny, with a clear-cut moral and emphasis on kindness to animals.
Rating- 3/5 stars
Every now and then, I like to take a break from reading literary heavyweights- especially those that can feel emotionally draining- to read some self help, feel good books. I’m a big fan of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which my Dad introduced me to when I was in middle school; the short, often poignant stories of complete strangers leave me smiling, thinking, and sometimes reduce me to tears.
Chicken Soup for the Indian Fathers’ Soul isn’t one of the best Chicken Soup books out there; there are too few categories and I guess I was expecting a greater variety of stories. The personal accounts here all began sounding the same, and it was a bit of a monotonous read. As usual, however, a couple of stories stood out and have stayed with me, but overall the book fell short of my expectations.
Rating- 2/5 stars
If I had encountered this book a decade ago, it would’ve ended up on my favorites list.
Holden Caulfield is a brilliant, morose narrator, battling the isolation, impulsiveness, and existentialist angst of most teenagers. I loved him even when I didn’t quite like him, and his raw, emotional language was both annoying and endearing.
Salinger has done an incredible job of personifying and humanizing the anger, ennui, and desperation of the adolescent experience. It’s no wonder that this book is a classic, and I highly recommend it to all readers, especially those in the younger age bracket.
Rating- 4/5 stars