Hello from Morgantown! It's good to be back at my alma mater.
This stack of books, both freebies from this week's AP training and not, is what I'm reading and picking through right now. I actually just finished TFIOS (Because I couldn't stand it anymore, and turns out everybody's right about it, ok?! It's a weeper and sort of beautiful. And who has the time to hear me wax philosophical about it, when so much is already being said?)
In my sessions this week, there has been some discussion about what you students ought to be reading in AP Lit (Divergent? Gatsby? Shakespeare other than Hamlet?), and what's considered literary merit (hello, summer reading task). My instructor this week has referred to "literature" (you know, written stuff that is ambiguous, provocative, complex, and personally and emotionally challenging (if that doesn't sound familiar, you should definitely review the summer reading task)) as deep-dark-rich-chocolate, and I kind of love the analogy...
So, let us assume that deep-dark-rich-chocolate has nuanced flavor profiles and subtle hints of sea salt or orange zest or bacon or whatever else that can only be fully appreciated by savoring the deep-dark-rich-chocolate ounce by ounce and with our full attention to its magnificent and other-worldly detail that could make a grown man cry. And let us also assume that the best deep-dark-rich-choclate can only be crafted and produced by the best, most creative chocolatiers in the world, those who have been blessed by the chocolate gods, or those who have honed their craft through years of methodical work and fine-tuning. I mean, my instructor didn't actually say all of that, but she did call lit deep, dark, rich chocolate, so you know, let your imaginations run wild.
Sorry, sorry. Long day.
So, what are YOU reading? Are you stuck in the middle of The Road? Are you trying to navigate the narrators' sound and fury in The Sound and the Fury? Did you also just hole yourself up in a nice room and weep with wild abandon through The Fault in Our Stars? Is what you're reading deep-dark-rich-chocolate? Or is it just watered down chocolate milk?
If you're participating in this discussion, please do so by Monday, June 23.