I hope that all of you who are participating in the 2012 Essay Challenge have had a good start to your 2012. If you’re still considering the challenge, it’s not too late to sign up – just click on over and add your blog to the Mr. Linky.
I know that a lot of people wonder why anyone would read essays for fun. I’ve heard comments like, “Aren’t those the horrible things we were forced to write in school?” But essays can be so much more than three points and a conclusion. I read essays to learn, to laugh, to understand, to be convinced, to live vicariously through the author, to explore other people’s points of view.
Personally, I love travel essays, essays about literature, personal essays, essays about history – and so much more. If you’re not sure exactly what I’m talking about, I hope you’ll peruse some of my reviews and reviews from last year’s participants that I’m linking to in this post – they’ll give you a good idea of the variety of essay collections available. The lowest commitment level for the challenge is only 10 essays – that’s less than one per month. I challenge you to give it a try!
~ The Conscious Reader, reviewed at The Conscientious Reader
~ “The Death of the Author” by Roland Barthes, reviewed at C’est la vie!
~ “Growing Pains” by Michael Thomas Ford, reviewed at The Conscientious Reader
~ “Helping Students Understand Assessment” by Jan Chappuis, reviewed at The Conscientious Reader
~ “Life Without Go-Go Boots” by Barbara Kingsolver, reviewed at The Conscientious Reader
~ Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon, reviewed at Books and Movies
~ “Notable Quotables” by Louis Menand, reviewed at The Conscientious Reader
~ “Scenarios on the Use of Formative Classroom Assessments” by Cassandra Erkens, reviewed at The Conscientious Reader
~ “Solipsism” by Ander Monson, reviewed at The Conscientious Reader
~ Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie, & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood by Jane Yolen, reviewed at Books and Movies
~ “What It Means to Be an American” by Qiong Li and Marilynn B. Brewer (and six other essays), reviewed at The Conscientious Reader>
~ “What Makes Superman So Darned American” by Gary Engle, reviewed at The Conscientious Reader
~ “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision” by Adrienne Rich, reviewed at C’est la vie!