I have put both poetry and short story collections (and the chaos of the recent election) aside while I catch up a bit on my novels. Next semester, I am scheduled to teach The Modern Novel, a class I haven’t taught in years. This course is a general English/Humanities elective with no real guidelines except that the time period starts with the Modernism movement and the books are supposed to be by British or American novelists. I already know that I will be teaching Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (a student favorite), and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
This past weekend I re-read The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, a book I have not picked up in years. I forgot how much I enjoyed this book, and I think it’s a good pick, so it’s probably going to go on the required reading list as well. Since the end of the world is all the rage, I would love to find a book that fits into this subgenre; however, most of the books I have read fall into the young adult category. I read The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, and I really liked that book, but it’s not out in paperback yet. If anyone knows a good end-of-the-world novel geared towards adults, please let me know.
In other news, I am currently reading Son, which is the sequel to The Giver by Lois Lowry. The Giver is one of my favorite books and I’m still debating whether or not it was a good idea for a sequel, but so far I am really enjoying Son. We will see what the conclusion brings.