I'm back after only one week with two more books! It helped that they are both young adult books so they were pretty fast reads. I mentioned my friend Marianne the librarian last week and she's the one who recommended Speak. Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature and so it's really good. It's hard to believe it's the author's first novel.
"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party...
One of my son's teachers recommended that he read Out of My Mind. I brought it home expecting him to not want to read it but I was wrong. He picked it right up and read it over the weekend. He really connected with the book and it made him want to write about it. As soon as he was done, I picked it up and read it in a few nights too.
About Out of My Mind--
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school-but NO ONE knows it. Most people-her teachers and doctors included-don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can't. She can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.
I started reading Rising Strong by Brené Brown but I haven't gotten very far. It's good, it's just that I've been in the mood for fiction. So we'll see what I end up finishing next. There's 11 weeks left in 2015 and I have 14 more books to read to meet my goal. I'm not sure that I'll make it this time. :/