To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

What did you recently finish reading? “Valley of the Dolls” by Jaqueline Susann (My opinion of this book is that it was very depressing but maybe that’s because it was realistic in the way it describes actresses lives in New York and in the spotlight and the obsession with prescription drugs…however I did like the book, I was just saddened that there wasn’t really any happy endings…but I guess that’s like life…there’s not always a happy ending)

“Catcher in the Rye”-J.D. Salinger (I can understand why this book was banned in the 40’s…there was a lot of language in the book for that time…but it was really nothing for 2011….maybe even too innocent. It’s not a greatly written book, you’re basically reading every thought a teen boy has over the course of a few days so the writing is from that standpoint…a lot of repetitiveness when speaking dialogue and an easy read but not interesting enough to read a second time, in my honest opinion. The only thing I really got from this book is the irony that while this boy wants to be ” a catcher of kids going through the rye before they fall off a cliff”…in a metaphorical way, the boy could use a catcher to keep him from falling off the cliff that he is headed towards in his life…..oddly enough, I think he finds a sort of “catcher” in a character of the book you might least suspect

What do you think you’ll read next?  Please stop laughing at me: One Woman’s Inspirational True Story by Jodee Blanco (I picked this up off the library shelf because of the title and then when I saw it was a story of a woman who was bullied all through out school, I HAD to check it out because it related to my past) Can’t wait to read it!


  1. Last month I read Serena by Ron Rash (didn’t care for it) and Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson.

    Right now I am reading Middlemarch by George Eliot (liking it now that I am into it but it took 200 pages)
    and next I am reading The Abstinence Teacher.
    All for book club so there is discussion about what we read.


  2. Slaughterhouse Five is one of my all time favorite books! (Ok, anything by Kurt Vonnegut is counted amongst my all time favorite books!)

    Meanwhile, I’m still reading A Dirty Job . . . In addition to my little one, I’m not babysitting my 6 month old niece every day — It does not leave much time for pleasure reading!


    1. Awww…I wish my little nieces and nephews were still that age 😦 I miss having a baby in the family…..I need one of my own….even if I would have less time for reading


      1. Awww . . . As I’ve said before, I can’t wait to read your blogs about parenting! (Though, I’ll certainly understand if you can’t keep up with a post per day :P)

        About Catcher in the Rye (cause I see the discussion further down) — I couldn’t read it either. Bored me to tears! It was part of my summer reading in high school – I read the cliff notes!


      2. I think the Cliff Notes would have been more worth my time…..I made it through the book but it was a short one….if it had been a really long book…..I would have said forget it…..
        I was being optimistic though…..kept thinking it would maybe get more interesting…..but no….


  3. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about Slaughterhouse Five. It’s on my to-read list and I think it will probably be great. As for The Catcher in the Rye, I couldn’t stand that book when I read it. It bored me to death and I found the story completely uninteresting. How can you feel sorry for a teenage boy? We all feel lost when we’re teenagers, get over it! I can think of many other books that will have a positive impact on teenagers and are much better written. I think it’s mostly a lot of hype.


    1. Yea…it wasn’t so great, I agree….and I didn’t feel sorry for him at all…but I did get the metaphor that I think they were trying to make about him wanting to save people from falling off cliffs when obviously…he was headed that way by the path he was taking.
      I definitely wouldn’t read it again…and I wouldn’t recommend it either…..I just read it through to figure out why it was “banned”…..all I came up with is the language was probably a bit much for 1945….but other than that…maybe it should be banned for having no real point to it?


      1. Yea…I don’t remember any of my friends having to read it. I don’t see enough point in the book to be reading it in school……unless they want to teach kids BAD writing habits.
        I mean, I know enough NOW to know that it’s not good writing but if teachers make kids read it in school…they might be under the assumption it IS when it’s not……


  4. Hey on that last book, I have that! My mom picked it up for both of us to read, she read it already but I have yet to read it but thanks for the reminder. She really liked it and thinks I will really like it too, since as you probably remember, I was bullied. Hope you like it!


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