recent reads

A few weeks ago, I made E get a library membership. If you knew E, you'd find this hysterical because the man doesn't like to read. I didn't realize I wouldn't be able to get a library card yet (not a permanent resident till December), and the ladies weren't too happy that I would be using


card--honestly, I don't see what the problem is as long as


in the house is reading the books. Right?

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath:

 Great story, amazing voice, but a bit reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye (not my favorite book). I feel I would have enjoyed this more a few years ago when I was just starting college; however, Plath's character's voice is so strong that it draws you in. Read it and don't mind the initially oblivious narrator. She gets better. 

The Color Purple by Alice Walker:

I read this long ago but didn't remember much of it. Walker is brilliant. The story will truly capture your attention and your heart, with its unique point of view and plot. I definitely recommend it. 

Yesterday, I finally picked up my own copy of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Last semester, I convinced my professor to make this book and Zora the topic of our senior seminar class--and she actually agreed! I'm so excited because African-American women's literature is some of my favorite stuff. I'm getting a head start on all the readings this summer. 

What have you been reading recently?