January 21, 2013

On the bedside table January 13 to 20

It's been a while.

I've been reading (if I'm breathing, I'm reading) but just haven't been posting.  Got so far behind that it's easier just to start fresh.

Now I am reading but not as much as I'd like so I only have one book this week.

Here is where there should be a picture of the cover but for some reason it won't upload. 

I'm reading Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.

This book is basically a biography of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West from birth to death.  It covers a lot of class and apartheid issues, as well as covering religion, government, and abuse of both.  It was a bit of a long read.  Definitely some slogging and I didn't find the ending very satisfying.  It felt like Elphie (the witch) worked very hard all her life to make a positive difference in . . . anything and died not only mis-interpreted but a failure.  There are three more books in the series.  I might try one more and see if it's worth continuing.  I found this one kind of depressing.

My take-away: Don't let someone else decide your fate.

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