Hey, Gretchen here, and I have a confession. Due to the unconventional nature of my high school experience, I have no freaking idea what is actually on a general required reading list for anyone. So I decided to do the secondary topic this week, Top Ten Books That I Wish Were Taught in Schools. Again, I have absolutely no idea what SHOULD be on this list, so I came up with a bunch of my own for my own reasons. Cool? Cool. Here they are, in no particular order.
Welcome to this week’s wrap up and Stacking the Shelves! Over the next couple of weekends, I probably won’t be doing videos because I’m working like a crazy person and just don’t have time. So here’s the lowdown, in text form!
Welcome to this week’s (late) Bibliomancy for Beginners hangout! This week we’re talking about The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. It is what it sounds like, so be prepared for all of the feels and possibly tears. Some of us will also be discussing the book to movie reaction that they had when they read the book and then watched the movie. Check back next Tuesday when we read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen!
The five Lisbon sisters are brought up in a strict household, and when the youngest kills herself, the oppression of the remaining sisters intensifies. As Therese, Mary, Bonnie and Lux are pulled deeper into isolation by their domineering mother, a group of neighborhood boys become obsessed with liberating the sisters. But what the boys don’t know is, the Lisbon girls are beyond saving.
Welcome to this week’s episode of Bibliomancy for Beginners! This one is going to be a doozy, let me tell you. The video will be below starting live at 8:30 PM! If you can’t make it this week, check back next time when we read The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides! Now, let’s talk about this … book … thing.
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
HISTORY HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE HUNGOVER
When you haven’t had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that is happening to anyone anywhere. If you’re living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn’t. But that’s no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can’t, just once in a while, get himself laid. From the author of the acclaimed Boxer, Beetle comes a historical novel that doesn’t know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can’t remember what ‘isotope’ means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it.
As you all may or may not know, I’m really booked up on my blog right now. (Pun intended.) This means that I am going crazy with the books I need to read, and I’d like to get caught up before I go back to school. So these are the next 10 reviews you can expect to see on the blog!