Sunday, April 8, 2012

Jenny's Book 4.12: We Wish to Inform You...


After Charlie Wilson's War, I sort of want to tackle my pair of Vietnam books, but they are both quite long, and so I want to try to hold off for summer. Instead, I decided on another non-fiction title, already throwing my fiction/non-fiction plan out of whack. I suppose it's better to read more non-fiction and save myself some novels, though!

I decided to go with this depressing book by Philip Gourevitch called We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families. It's about the genocide in Rwanda. I actually bought this book used, and I did it around this time of year back in 2008. (Thank you Amazon, for telling me when I purchased things right on the tops of your pages.) It's because at this time every year, I teach a unit on Africa. And although I don't teach this story specifically, I do usually want to add to my general knowledge of the continent and its history. Basically, this is the time of year it makes the most sense to read it, and if I don't do it now, I'm afraid it will wait another year.

In other book reading news, I'm supposed to be reading Jane Eyre for my bookclub. I'm just finding it stultifying and humorless. Bah. I hate the Victorians. I've read about 1/3 of it is my guess, and I think I'm done with it. I just have too many things I really want to read, so why waste time on that? Maybe I'll skip forward and read the end. Meanwhile, I posted the following as my Facebook status the other day: "Newsflash: Jane Eyre is boring." and I got 40 very funny responses. You should check into the Jenny channel and read it. It's hilarious. The best comment came from my friend Jean, who's just highly quotable in general. She gave the most succinct movie review ever by once saying, "I just saw I am Number Four. It was number two." Hee! About Jane Eyre she said, "It's just so ludicrous. Listen lady, you've been acting crazy. Your ass is living in the attic now. What could go wrong with this plan? Just in case, I'll leave you with an alcoholic nurse and some matches." Love. It.

 Also, next month, new Sookie Stackhouse! Exciting.


  1. Maybe you could just watch the movie Jane Eyre? A lot of people really seem to like it. I've never seen it or read the book... although I feel like I know the plot. Hrm... I think I got most of that from The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. (Ever read those Thursday Next books? They're pretty fun.) (Very good summer reading!)

    I didn't even realize Sookie was coming next month! Yay!

    I am reeeeally falling behind on books right now. I might finally miss a deadline completely here. All of my waking hours are spent packing, packing, packing. Ugh.

  2. Time to read NOX. You can do it an hour. You look at it more than read it.