Book Recommendations   

I don’t read fanfic so I guess the only pimping I can do is for real books.

I’ve certainly had the chance to read quite a few books recently with all hurricanes keeping me inside on my weekends. I won’t bore you with all of the different books. I’ve pretty much enjoyed them all as I’m not too picky, in general, when reading for pleasure.

Loved Julie Garwood’s latest. I’m impressed that she’s been able to transition into mystery/romance from historical romance so smoothly. Then again, it shouldn’t surprise me as it’s her characters I love rather than the settings.

Anyway, time for the real pimping. So, I read these books “out of order”. There really is no order to them as they are both non-fictional books but I read the one written first last. Still, I love this guy. He’s very real and you can’t help but feel touched by his words. His name? Brendan Halpin. The first book I read was, Losing My Faculties: A Teacher’s Story. I had just read another book about teaching English. Only Halpin teaches high school and Scope teaches 3rd-5th grade. It was interesting to see the differences in the books. Halpin’s book focuses much more on the teacher’s experience in learning to teach and all of the pitfalls that teachers face whereas Scope was more focused on what he was teaching and what the kid’s were writing. Both were equally good but Halpin’s book really touched on his life more so I was interested in learning more about him. He briefly talked about his wife and daughter in his book so I knew he had written a book previously about his wife’s fight against breast cancer.

So, then I went out and got, It Takes a Worried Man: A Memoir. It was heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. It truly affected me (could maybe explain the mood swings today?) and puts a lot of things in perspective. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone. Brendan and Kristen’s strength through their difficulties is absolutely awe-inspiring. Brendan is so truthful that it hurts at times but you can’t put the book down until you get to the very last page.

If you’re looking for a book to read, I highly recommend this one.

2 Responses to “Book Recommendations”

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    makd says:

    Love the new look of your LJ. The Japanese garden is exquisite.

    Got a book rec for you: The Professor and the Madman. The true story of the Oxford English Dictionary’s chief editor and the man who contributed 10,000 words to the OED. It’s a page- turner.

    oh, and fanfic? It’s real fic. Some of the best fic writing I’ve read in 30 years I’ve found in fanfic. Seriously.
    Just because we “get it for free”, doesn’t mean it’s not real. In economic terms, because the fanfic has use value, not exchange value, we tend to devalue it.


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    raelee says:

    Thanks, Makd! I’ll check it out.

    I didn’t mean to sound like fanfic isn’t real fic. In some ways I wish I read it because I’m sure I’d enjoy the writing and it’d given me a new resource for reading material. However, I’m just not into it. If I’m honest, a lot of it has to do with the fact that I don’t want to the ‘official’ with the ‘non-official’, so to speak. I used to think I’d get into fan fic after the shows were over because then it wouldn’t matter if the ‘real’ plots and the ‘extra’ plots got mix-y in my head.

    Now that the shows have ended and I still can’t get into fanfic, I’ve realized I prefer them as shows and not as written work. That may have much to do with the fact that I have a hard time connecting written characters with ‘known’ entities. I have this same problem with watching movies of books I’ve read or vice versa. Kinda hard to explain online without writing a book =)