11. Junk by Melvin Burgess (young adult) - 17 Mar 2010
A very crass chronicle of two prety good kids' journey from simple runaways to crack addicts, and how addiction keeps sucking them back in while they delude themselves they can quit whenever they want. An okay book, but I did find myself wishing Burgess would stop going on and on about things and get to the point, at some points. It does have one important feature of anything that tries to show the danger inherent in drugs: it doesn't make light of the fact that their effects can feel very, very good, but I didn't really like it.
12. Frost Moon by Anthony Francis (supernatural, ebook) - 18 Mar 2010
I absolutely loved this book. It had the feel of one of those mass-produced pieces of teenage literature, but for adults, in all the good ways and none of the bad ones. Just something about the way it welcomed the reader into Dakota Frost's rather unusual (to say the least!) life like an old friend. The plot of the book is intricate, driven forward by the characters instead of them being pushed along by the plot, and all the characters have full, deep backgrounds, not the least with each other. Highly reccommended; I will be purchasing the print version because this is definitely a book I want on my shelves.
13. The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann (young adult) - 20 Mar 2010
The subject of my Bachelor's essay, The Animals of Farthing Wood is essentially a chronicle of man's destructive thoughtlessness or selfishness, and a celebration of good old Britain and her wonderful nature; the image of a Golden Age novel, come many years too late. The book may be listed as young adult in its native English, but it has both dark and complex elements which explain why it was shelved as having and older target audience when I first encountered its translation. A recently enjoyable, if in parts somewhat formulaic and too-straightforward story.
14. The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine (young adult) - 20 Mar 2010
The story of a girl who gets sucked into a poisonous friendship and how she gets out of it. Also, I think, a story of how hypocritical adults can be, and how broken the system for protecting children is, when poor disturbed Tulip's home life isn't "bad enough" to get child protective services to intervene. It's a book that's worth thinking a lot about, maybe especially for the questions it raises about the nature of evil and nature vs nurture, and it sparked some interesting classroom discussion. I think I'll probably reread it down the road to see how it reads with that discussion providing more perspective. Recommended, if you can handle the fact that it's pretty disturbing.
15. Narrative Form by Suzanne Keen (textbook) - 24 Mar 2010
A good introduction to narrative theory. Some of my classmates felt it suffered for not taking a single position and sticking with it, while I think it's stronger for presenting and discussing several theories and methods for approaching the same thing. Some chapters were stronger than others, and some concepts more difficult to grasp, but for the most part, I thought it was pretty solid, and definitely worked well to support the seminars that were also part of our Literature course.