Hoot and Persepolis

It feels good to be reading again. Last night, I read Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, one of the 2003 Newbery Honor books. It’s a fast read, and a good story. It took me about 2 hours before hitting the hay.

My dad collects the Newbery Medal Winners and Honor books. As of right now, he’s missing only one out-of-print Medal Winner, and about 100 out-of-print Honor books. I think he has pretty much every one that was published and available over the last ten years or so.

The nice thing about the collection is that it keeps growing every year. This means that most times I come home, there are five or more new books to read. I’ve found a lot of good children’s literature this way. There are still more bookshelves to explore

On top of that, my dad has a faculty multi-cultural reading and discussion group at school, and they have a new book every month or so. These are mostly non-fiction, and mostly auto-biographical. Yesterday I tore through Persepolis, a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, about growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

There are a couple of other books from this group that I’d like to read. Thankfully I finally have time to read! I am reminded of a certain Twilight Zone episode…


2 responses to “Hoot and Persepolis”

  1. I’m a big fan of Carl Hiaassen’s adult lit, and read Hoot before sending it to my niece a year or so ago. Quite nice. A little more improbable and a lot less icky than the stuff he writes for adults, but still funny, poignant and well-paced and recognizably his.

  2. I am reminded of a certain Twilight Zone episode…

    …Obviously your eyeballs are going to fall out sometime soon.

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