Reading Lately #7


I finally did it! I reached my reading goal for 2015, with barely any time to waste. I got a little lazy earlier this month, but I managed to do lots of catching up the past few days. I’ve only got 3 books to share today, but since I posted about all the other books I read in 2015 I didn’t want to leave any out! I read these books from about mid November till now, taking a break during Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas weekend.

the center of the world

The Center of the World by Thomas Van Essen

I picked this book up at work because the description sounded interesting. I had just finished reading The Goldfinch, and thought another art related book would be fun. In this book, the author, Thomas Van Essen has made up a painting of Helen of Troy by J.M.W. Turner. I wish the painting existed in real life. The story follows a few different characters, ranging from the 1800’s during Turner’s day up until modern day. I loved following each story line to see how they intersected, as well as learning about Turner in his hay day.

the phantom tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Now I’m sure you’ve heard of this book (and if you haven’t, where have you been?) This old copy of The Phantom Tollbooth was actually my mothers, hence the lack of a cover. This children’s chapter book is about a young boys adventure in another world. It’s actually extremely entertaining to read as an adult. I read it a number of times as a kid, but now I realize how it is actually an extremely smart and witty book. The characters are silly, and there is a ton of play on words. A quick read for an adult, or a great story for children!

the grapes of wrath

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I’ve been trying to read more classic books this year. There are so many books out there I never read, but feel like I should. This month I’ve been tackling The Grapes of Wrath, I’ve actually still got about 100 pages to go, but I’m sure I’ll finish it before 2016 if I put my mind to it! This class book is about a family’s trip out west during the depression. I really like the story, but have a hard time following sometimes because of their accent. The Grapes of Wrath is referenced a lot in pop culture, so I’m happy I’ll have read it.


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