Sunday #Bookstack No. 17: Week of 6 January 2013

Happy Sunday. I am the (supplier) and this is my Sunday #bookstack for the week of January 6, 2013.

Happy new year, all. I’ve had a fantastic two weeks off and go back to school tomorrow, but because it’s the beginning, and because university hasn’t started yet, I’ve got three books in my stack this week.

The first is Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. My cousin Timothy is taking a 20th Century Literature class this semester, and he’s already asked me to help him out with it. I’ve never read any Vonnegut at all, so Cat’s Cradle is the only book on his reading list that I haven’t already read. According to the notes on the back, it’s a “satrical commentary on modern man and his madness.” It says here that the protagonist is a midget and there’s also calypso singer who has created an original theology. This should be interesting.

Second in my stack this week is Crackback by John Coy. I can’t remember where or how I found out about this book, but it’s been sitting in my Amazon cart for a while now, so I decided to go ahead and put it in the same order as Cat’s Cradle. Crackback is about a kid named Miles who isn’t overly significant except for the fact that he’s good at football. He finds out that his teammates are taking steroids and he has some tough decisions to make. I think I added this one to my list because I’ve had a number of students ask for books with football, and I don’t have very many to recommend.

The last book in my stack this week is Destroy All Cars by Blake Nelson. I heard about this one in Episode 55 of the podcast Text Messages called “Teens as Change Agents,” which is a list of books about teens who are calling for change in a variety of venues. I’ll leave a link to the podcast in the show notes. If you want book recommendations, it’s a great podcast to listen to. I think it was the first resource I used when I started reading young adult literature.

That’s my stack. What’s in your stack for this week?

[Question of the Week]

I’ve had some positive feedback about question of the week, so It’s going to become a regular part of Sunday #bookstack. This question comes from a conversation I had with my cousin… the one I’m reading Cat’s Cradle with… and the question is this: In your opinion, what value is there in reading and studying 20th Century literature? Or really, what value do you see in studying literature at all? I’d like to share your responses with him next week, so leave your thoughts in the comments of wherever you’re watching this video. Thanks.

[This Week on the (book) supplier]

Busy week on the channel this week, primarily since I’ve been too lazy to make videos over break. So on Tuesday, I have a #bookgapchallenge update.

On Wednesday, is the second episode of An Allusion in a Minute, entitled Frankenstin, or The Destruction of a Creator, which I’m particularly excited about. I think it’s because I feel like I’ve created something useful. And on Thursday it’s Feature Shelf #17, the Dope Sick Edition, which was requested by one of my former students.

So that’s it for me today. Leave question of the week responses, book comments, what you’re reading, feature shelf requests, hate mail, whatever, in the comments, and I’ll see you later on this week. I am the (book) supplier wishing you happy reading. Don’t forget to be awesome.

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