Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

I’ll spare the review. I love this book despite what games it plays with my emotions. It’s a great example of writing that can appeal to anyone. One which we should all look up to and admire.

Why I read it: 4 reasons. A) It’s my genre, sort of. I love this sort of book and I am writing along these same sort of fantasy lines, though not set in our own world. B) The movie comes out on Wednesday so I wanted to re-read it before then. C) I want to re-read book 7. D) It’s just a fun and original read that is so much better than a lot of stuff I’ve read in the past year. (Or attempted to read but abandoned.)

The Business of Fancydancing by Sherman Alexie

Genre: Poetry/Short story

Location in Barnes and Noble: Alexie may be the exception to the general rule of finding writings by Native Americans in the social studies section. Alexie has gained a lot of popularity in the “mass” public. (Read- Euro-American audiences.) As such he may be located in the fiction and poetry sections but don’t quote me on that. I bought this book on Amazon.

Why I read it: It’s poetry and I hadn’t read it despite the fact it was purchased back in January. I had a goal this month to read a new collection of poetry so I read it.

Mini-review: Alexie’s poems and short-shorts are both poignant and biting. Alexie has a way with words and images that speak to his experiences growing up and the rich heritages he has inherited from both sides of his family. His poems flow off the tongue well and beg to be read aloud while the short-shorts illuminate the poems and expand upon his message he has to share with the world.

Final review: Thumbs up. But his words won’t be for everyone. If you don’t want to read something that might make you uncomfortable or reexamine your worldview then you’ll want to take a pass.