Monday, January 31, 2011

50 Books in a Year: Book #5 An Abundance of Katherines

          OK, so here's the deal...I don't really own a lot of books I haven't read. Really. Either I give away books that I'll never read or I read them. I have a handful of books that I've yet to finish...books I may never finish, truth be told, but I have read them (just not all the way...'technicalities, always technicalities').
          Anyway...I do, however, have a crap ton of books that have been lent to me/recommended to me/given to me that I have not read. Demian may have opened up a dirty can of worms I would've rather have just left closed.
          Let's take this little gem I'm going to tackle this week; An Abundance of Katherines. A student recommended it to me her sophomore year of high school and let me borrow it. If I'm not mistaken, Kailyn may now be a sophomore in college and I believe she wants her book back.
          An Abundance of Katherines is a teen book, so therefore, I'm sure, a fast read. I enjoy teen lit, always have. As a matter of fact when I was doing my praticum my observing teacher (an amazing woman who I hope still teaches at Ozark High School) was overwhelmed by how much I knew about what the kids were reading. I enjoy teen lit because I enjoy remembering what it felt like to be a teenager. I enjoyed my teen years and would live them again--angsty girl drama and all (I'm not sure my mother feels the same way, as she had to live with me during this ka-razy time and probably remembers every eye-roll and pithy comment). I remember spending hours in my peach walled room listening to Rick Astley, reading such delicious books as It's OK If You Don't Love Me, Deenie, Pardon Me You're Stepping My Eyeball and all those other Paul Zindel books, every SE Hinton (my favorite isn't The Outsiders, but Taming the Star Runner), Pinballs, The Girl With the Silver Eyes, Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones and my favorites, The Class of '88 Series by Linda A. Cooney. Even now, I read teen fiction Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Sarah Dessen and those silly vampire books come to mind, but there are others.
          I'm looking forward to reading some John Green (I also have Looking for Alaska on loan--don't worry I only got it last week) even if it's taken me a few years to get here.


  1. I agree with everything you've just said (with the exception of giving away books,clearly). I LOVE teen lit. It's nice to read about all of that teen drama and remember when my biggest problem was one of my dingy friends telling some boy or another that I liked him before I was ready for it to be known.

  2. I don't think I could ever give away my books. :P I can't wait to read what you think about An Abudance of Katherines. I read Looking for Alaska last year, and completely loved it. :)



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