This is the sequel to the Seekers book I wrote about last week. Basically, the journey continues, with Lusa travelling with Toklo and Ujurak. Eventually they get to Great Bear Lake, where white bears, brown bears, and black bears all gather (at different places) on the longest day of the year, either to thank the sun or to tell it to go away. The white bear, Kallik, also arrives, and she finally finds her brother, Taqqiq, whom she's been looking for since the beginning of the last book. They meet up and help to avert a potential crisis when a big dumb bunch of white bear boys try to invade the black bear territory.
So far, I'm enjoying the series. Obviously I can't read any more of it right now, but I think I'll try to get some more books next year (it's on my list!). Now the travelling group includes members of all three kinds of bears discussed so far in the series, so I'm interested to (eventually) see where the story goes.
12. The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux
This is the original book that the musical and movie were based off of. It has the same basic plot, though the sequencing and some of the characterization is different. Like, the chandelier falls pretty early on, as opposed to being a part of the Phantom's climactic kidnapping of Christine from the stage. Christine is pretty much the same, but Raoul is a lot easier to empathize with, because we see his perspective a lot. Also, the Phantom (who has an actual name!) is much more gruesome and insensitive, though he still redeems himself at the end. For the first time, I think I actually like both the novel and movie versions. There are significant differences, like I said before, but they were both really enjoyable. I know that's not really a summary of the book, but you guys should already know the basic layout of the story, and I don't want to ruin all the differences, in case you ever want to read it for yourself (which I would recommend :).
13. I Am America (and So Can You!), by Stephen Colbert
This is nonfiction book that Colbert wrote to give his opinions on everything. He's a comedian, so everything he said was done jokingly. I don't really know much about Stephen Colbert, like, his actual views on anything. The book was entertaining and funny, but he pretty much spent so much time being ironic and goofy that I couldn't really tell what his actual opinions were on anything.
14. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into In College, by Harlan Cohen
I started this book and I Am America a few weeks ago (I think during the week when I didn't actually finish any books), but after I finished Phantom, I finally got around to finishing them! Since they're both nonfiction, it was a little difficult just to sit down and read them straight (maybe I should have spaced it out a bit more, but oh well). But this was still a good read. Since I'm now a junior, a lot of the tips were things that don't apply so much any more. Others were on drugs and alcohol and things that I don't really get involved in, so they weren't especially applicable either, though they did reinforce my preexisting stances on just staying away. The book's formatted so every tip has a story from an actual student followed by the author's advice on the subject. There are also statistics and relevant websites, in addition to other quotes from college students. The students come from a lot of different colleges, even WKU, though I was dismayed to see that the only representative of our school was talking about how easy it is to access free condoms :/ Overall, it was a funny and helpful book. And now I'm almost halfway through my list! Hopefully next week I'll be over the hump. Yay!