Friday, July 20, 2012

19th Century American Lit & Reviews to Come!

I started my summer job last Thursday, July 12, as a Research Assistant at my University. I work with my favourite English Prof, and so far it's been great!  He's actually an expert on 19th Century American Lit. My job consists of reading 19th Century novels (usually ones that take place in New York), and noting all of the exact locations mentioned in the story. My Prof has a mastermind plan that involves these locations and maps. Call me nerdy, but I kind of love it. It's so interesting to pinpoint on a map exactly where the characters were when the story was taking place. I love dystopian novels, but that is one thing you can't do with them! Well, maybe you can, but it's more theoretical than looking back on an era and using old maps to pinpoint exact streets and shops that existed back then.

What am I reading? Well, for work I just finished (re-)reading City Crimes by George Thompson. I own this book myself, as I read it for the class I took with my Prof/Boss a few semesters back. Here is the beautiful cover:

It's in a book with a couple of other stories by Thompson. The book I am currently working on for work is Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger, Jr. Here is the cover of the copy I am using:

I enjoy the innocent writing style of Ragged Dick. I've read several other old American Lit stories for classes, and I usually do enjoy the way they are written. It is unique to the genre, I believe.

Have you read one of these stories before? Or any other old American Lit stories? What did you think? I'm curious to know! :)

I'll have you know that when I'm not working, I'm reading YA still and some Middle Grade! :) I'll never stop loving YA and MG! 

Be prepared for reviews of Glitch & The Selection soon! I loved them both! I also have a Giveaway up my sleeve for sometime soon! :)

Until next time, Happy Reading!

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