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Sneak Peak Tuesday!

January 13, 2009

Since a couple of you asked, I will go ahead and post the rest of the paragraph of my Teaser Tuesday post. Elisha, the character in the book, is recalling his first assignment/attack as a part of a Jewish underground resistance movement against the British shortly after WWII is over. Elie Wiesel writes in “Dawn”

“I saw the legs running like frightened rabbits and I found myself utterly hateful. I remembered the dreaded SS guards in the Polish ghettos. Day after day, night after night, they slaughtered the Jews in just the same way. Tommy guns were scattered here and there, and an officer, laughing or distractedly eating, barked out the order: Fire! Then the scythe went to work. A few Jews tried to break through the circle of fire, but they only rammed their heads against its insurmountable wall. They too ran like rabbits, like rabbits sotted with wine and sorrow, and death mowed them down” (p. 165)

I reviewed Dawn briefly in a previous blog. I am moved by the imagery in this passage. The character Elisha often questions his motives about fighting for his freedom. He wonders if he is now any better than the Nazi’s were. At one point in the book he sees himself in a vision wearing an SS uniform. Powerful stuff, and will cause you to rethink issues.

Now, I think I need to read something funny and light-hearted. đŸ™‚

Reading Challenge 2009

January 4, 2009

I found a blog recently that has challenged people who love reading with various literary challenges for 2009. Since I usually make New Years Resolutions and then promptly break them within the first week of the year, I thought this would be a more fun route to go. (At least, more successfully anyway) And, in a fit of creativity, I even began a new website. This blog will chronicle my reading goals for the new year. I signed up for the Causal Classics reading challenge, which challenges us to read at least 4 classics within the year. I don’t think that will be a problem, especially with my recent “discovery” of how truly wonderful Charles Dickens’ writing is. I think I signed up for a “read your own books” challenge, (I have a HUGE to be read pile) but then I also signed up for a “Read and Review” challenge, in which you are challenged to review all that you read within the year. That will be the main purpose for this site, and I will be using my other site for the more family type news and fun.

This should be a fun year, I’ve already started a couple of good books! (One I’m reading for myself, and the other I’m reading to my kids.) I can’t wait to see what new literary experiences are on the horizon! Thanks to MizB for all the great ideas.

I would like to issue a challenge to all who might stop by this site: if you like reading, please PLEASE read aloud to your children! It brings you closer together, and it stirs their imagination in ways that TV or video games don’t. I started reading chapter books to my boys last year (they are currently aged 4 and 6) and it has been so much fun rereading the books I loved as a kid. I also will be posting here the books that we read together, so stay tuned for “Daddy’s Book Club” entries.

So, to all my fellow avid readers out there, I have just one question: why are you still here? Don’t you have some reading to do? đŸ™‚ Have fun!