November Reading

I seriously feel like an old lady saying this… but, really, wasn’t it just Thanksgiving? How is Christmas only 12 days away?! Whoa!
That being said.. November was pretty light, and I have a feeling December will be also. I guess things are busy around now.

Chelsea, Chelsea Bang, Bang, Chelsea Handler (Book Club 1)
I generally like Chelsea Handler. I think she is usually pretty funny, and border lines on inappropriate enough to make you not feel bad about being real. But, for some reason this book really didn’t do it for me. It seemed like the majority of the book was a different kind of humor, more mean spirited. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few funny chapters, especially about her vacation at the beach. But other stories/chapters just seemed tired and more like an already told joke.

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel; a novel of war and survival, Louise Murphy
I had really high hopes about this book. It’s the story of two Jewish children in Poland during the Holocaust. Their father and step-mother have to abandon them in the woods and give them instructions to find shelter and forever answer to the names Hansel and Gretel. The children do find the town witch to live with in the woods, on the outskirts of town. I can’t really say specifically what about this story I didn’t like. And maybe it’s not that I didn’t like it, but it just really didn’t do to much for me in any sense. I didn’t feel a connection with characters, and the story line seemed forced. It wouldn’t be one I would necessarily recommend.

Columbine, Dave Cullen
I was so incredibly surprised at how much I really enjoyed reading this book. I had heard about it for quite some time and (truth be told) was purposely trying not to read it. I felt like I didn’t want to give anymore attention to the tragedy at Columbine, and I thought that by reading the book I would be only glorifying the situation more. But, after a man at the book store saw me looking at it (for probably the 7th time) and told me that initially he didn’t want to read it because he did not want to give any more attention to such horrible killers, but after he did, his thoughts were completely changed about the events that happened at Columbine, I changed my mind and bought it. I am so glad I did. I learned so much about how the media influenced the public’s mind about the tragedy at Columbine. I learned so much about the killers of Columbine. I learned what a sense of community there is at Columbine and what an incredible person the principal of Columbine was. Most of all, I learned how the students of Columbine are true survivors, who absolutely exemplify forgiveness in its truest form.

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