Thursday, September 3, 2009

I'm Back...

well...sort of.

I figured as I still seem to be able to make time to read, (We've been blessed with a baby willing to sleep most nights more than a five hour stretch.), I should continue to track those books on here.

I finished Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. One of those classics I heard about, but never bothered to pick up. It was interesting. I think this New York Times review on the back cover sums it up:

"Wildly original, brutally gruesome, vulgar, bitterly, savagely funny... it will not be forgotten by those who can take it!"

For me: It was vulgar; it was gruesome; it was bitter; not so funny; and probably forgettable. It reminded me of the of the novels my 10th grade Honors English teacher made us read. Ones that were questionable for our age and maturity. Ones that would make you blush and were incredibly wordy. One that most 10th graders, or adults for that matter, wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. It's a book that you read for the title, to tack on your "I've read it" list, and that some group of "deep thinking" college students might discuss in a book club.

Next up: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Mommy Meg said...

I'll have to remember that about Catch 22. My dad always recommends Catcher in the Rye to me-have you read that one? I haven't yet, but someday i will, for the same reason you chose to pick up Catch 22.

Good to have you back to the blogging world! I haven't been keeping up well lately with the blogging, but my reading is keeping on. I'm loving Baby Catcher right now! I'm also reading Shepherding a Child's Heart simultaneously.

Stephanie said...

Congratulations on the new baby, Kelly! Boy or girl?


(oh, and congratulations on the good sleeper... can you pass some of that our way? :-)

Kelly said...

Meg--I have read Catcher in the Rye. It was required reading in high school. It is good, not one I would really care to read again. But it is one that is nice to be able to say you have read, and also to help you understand literary references in other settings.

Stephanie--we had a little boy! And I can't believe that he is already two months old! The time is flying by so fast.