Over the summer, Arapahoe High School asked you to read at least two novels of your choice.
Briefly tell me what you read, including titles and authors. I want to know what you liked about the books, what you learned and, more importantly, what matters to you about the book's content. Keep in mind we will begin independent reading next week; tell your classmates who you think would enjoy this book. Use specifics about characters, setting, conflicts, action details, etc. to make your response meaningful and be sure to adhere to proper conventions and proofread your response.
If you enrolled belatedly and weren't aware of the summer reading, do the same with two books you have read.
This summer, I read many books, but two of my favorites were We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates and Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. My favorite of the two was the former, which I so enjoyed that while I was on vacation in Mexico, I took it to the beach, to the pool, and enjoyed it on my ocean-facing balcony. The story details the tragedy of a family living in rural New York who, for all intents and purposes, seem to enjoy a perfect life. When a serious tragedy strikes the teenage daughter of this family, it reels and destruction, in one way shape or form, ensues for all of the family's members. I found it heart-breaking and gripping and really enjoyed Oates's style, as I always do. I would recommend this book to anyone who can stomach a bit of tragedy before they reach the happy ending.
I also enjoyed Capote's novel, which follows the story of a seemingly independent New York City woman whose eccentrities seem to make her romantic. Capote, however, reveals that she is more of a tragic figure than she seems. This is a great work for someone who enjoys a briefer piece of fiction and some delicious Capote prose. I also found some of the thematic ideas, like the facade of the glamorous, meaningful.