The author I chose for the 4th quarter is J.D. Salinger because I’ve read his most famous book, The Catcher in the Rye, many times and wanted to give his other works a try. His primary form of writings are short stories, some of which found great success and even landed in The New York Times. 9 Stories is what I plan to read for this quarter because it’s a book compiled with 9 of Salinger’s short stories and novella’s. This is different then what I normally read because rather than focusing on one plotline, there are 9, so it’ll be interesting to see if they’re all connected or not. Some of his more notable works include previously mentioned The Catcher in the Rye, A Perfect Day for Bananafish, and Franny and Zooey. JD Salinger fought in WW2, where he later met Ernest Hemingway. It was during the war that he wrote The Catcher in the Rye and experienced a mental breakdown. After his success, he went into seclusion and didn’t publish anything else for half a century.
The Adventures of Huck Finn has been a very pleasant surprise. I had never read any of Mark Twain’s works except for a chapter from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in middle school. My memory isn’t the best, so I didn’t know what to expect. Mark Twain was a baller because he said whatever he wanted and didn’t even care about society’s rules at the time. That attitude and mentality are at times hidden, but most of it was out in the open. This book exposes social views in a more progressive light which is pretty cool judging by the fact that it was written during a time where this was considered taboo. I also really like the fact that many of the characters are very superstitious because it pulls the reader into the fantasy world of Huck Finn, and has made the story a lot more fun and appealing. Another thing that I noticed right away is that the story is from Huck’s point of view, which is different because it’s written from a child’s perspective. Normally this is very rare for me, and I found that this enabled Mark Twain to reveal (in many spots) Huck’s naivety and innocence, examples being his confusion with how prayer works and his belief of genies etc. Something else that’s been achieved so far, is that The Adventures of Huck Finn has managed to stay interesting rather than dry. This may sound ignorant, but I have noticed that sometimes many of the books authors have written from earlier time periods are, at times, boring, flat, and unexciting. I know some people like that kind of stuff, but I don’t so that’s what I was half expecting this book to be like. I guess “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”…or time period is true. Overall, there hasn’t been anything that I have not liked from this book, and it has been very enjoyable. This blog isn’t going to hit the word count but its okay because I think that I’ve successfully been able to answer the prompt given. Oh, wait now I have hit the word count that’s good.
- “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was a very entertaining read. Mark Twain is a very respectable author because he trolled high society during a time when that was frowned upon, rather than supporting it or keeping his thoughts to himself. I also liked the fact that the whole story was written in the colloquial style of the area it was set in because it made it more amusing and helped me get into the story.
- I really enjoyed how the third quarter AR was handled because it allowed me the opportunity to be creative and have fun with AR (which rarely happens). Plus I got to include my lil’ peanut Nakita. Another nice thing was that I only had to read one book this quarter, so I was able to find the time to actually finish it. Lastly being able to start my book in class helped motivate actually start it rather than pushing it off until the very last second, so overall, this was definitely a better way to do AR.