Book Review: The Long Walk by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman)

51UIzQtJ09L._SX274_BO1,204,203,200_In this #1 national bestseller, “master storyteller” (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can only be one winner—the one that survives.

In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules—keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you’re out—permanently, (Goodreads).

 

 

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Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

download (1)Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice, (Goodreads).

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Book Review: For Every One by Jason Reynolds

for-every-one-9781481486248_lgOriginally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith.

A pitch perfect graduation, baby, or love my kid gift, (Goodreads).

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Audiobook Review: Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

born_a_crime_by_trevor_noah_(book_cover)Trevor Noah, one of the comedy world’s fastest-rising stars and host of The Daily Show, tells his wild coming-of-age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. In this Audible Studios production, Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.
“Nelson Mandela once said, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ He was so right. When you make the effort to speak someone else’s language, even if it’s just basic phrases here and there, you are saying to them, ‘I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being.'” (Trevor Noah)
Attuned to the power of language at a young age – as a means of acceptance and influence in a country divided, then subdivided, into groups at odds with one another – Noah’s raw, personal journey becomes something extraordinary in audio: a true testament to the power of storytelling. With brutal honesty and piercing wit, he forgoes an ordinary reading and, instead, delivers something more intimate, sharing his story with the openness and candor of a close friend. His chameleon-like ability to mimic accents and dialects, to shift effortlessly between languages including English, Xhosa, and Zulu, and to embody characters throughout his childhood – his mother, his gran, his schoolmates, first crushes and infatuations – brings each memory to life in vivid detail. Hearing him directly, you’re reminded of the gift inherent in telling one’s story and having it heard; of connecting with another, and seeing them as a human being.
The stories Noah tells are by turns hilarious, bizarre, tender, dark, and poignant – subsisting on caterpillars during months of extreme poverty, making comically pitiful attempts at teenage romance in a color-obsessed world, thrown into jail as the hapless fall guy for a crime he didn’t commit, thrown by his mother from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters, and more, (Goodreads).

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ReRead Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

81I726H72-LBefore. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same, (Goodreads).

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I Want To Host A Read-A-Long!

Hi friends!

I am thinking about hosting a Read-A-Thon/Read-A-Long during the winter break (dates TBD).  This is kind of a trial run for the book club I want to start over the summer. (For those of you who don’t know, I want to start a book club over the summer for teachers and educators to read books and have discussions on how they would incorporate certain texts in the classroom!)

For the Read-A-Long this winter  everyone is welcome to participate!

I have already picked the book I want to use for this… It is a relatively popular YA Contemporary and it is a quick read.  So for those who are a little apprehensive about participating because of timing issues, do not worry, the book is short!

The reason why I want to read a YA Contemprary for this Read-A-Long is because I still want to use books that I could potentially teach at the secondary level (middle school/high school).  However, despite your age, if you are interested, you are welcome!

If you are interested in participating or have any questions the best way to contact me is through my Instagram! Shoot me a DM and I will tell you what book I want to read, and add you to the group chat, or you can leave your best form of contact in the comments below and I will reach out to you!

I’m excited for this! Talk to you guys soon!

❤ Brittany

Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

34810320Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late, (Goodreads).

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Book Review: Scythe by Neil Shusterman

scythe-9781442472433_hrThou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own, (Goodreads).

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Blog Update!

Hey, gang! *taps mic* Is this thing on?

I just wanted to swing by and give an update on what’s been going on with me personally.  I recently got a new job, and it has been such a great new experience! For those of you that know me personally, my previous job that was really taxing and I was being treated really unfairly.  These working conditions took a toll on my anxiety and started to affect me physically. Now, I am in a much better situation and finally teaching English! Yay!

I have been blogging for a little over 5 months now (wow!) and it is my favorite thing to do. I am so thankful for the community that I have been introduced to and what I’ve wanted for so long was to just talk to a bunch of great people about the cool books I read, and with this blog I have that and I am so grateful!

Most people don’t know this, but I do write my blog posts way in advance. I post about twice a week (a book review and a blog post), and I normally have about 10+ posts in my Scheduled Posts tab — so pretty much everything I post was written a month prior. I kept a steady writing schedule so there was never a gap in my posts, or any indication showing that I was writing so far in advance.

With that being said, now that I have a new job, my responsibilities have pretty much quadrupled, and my commute also takes a lot of my time. I have about 4 posts in my Scheduled Posts tab, because I have not been writing as much anymore. I love blogging but I think in order to keep a balance with work and reading, I am going to only post once a week now.  I think that will help me feel less pressured to get content out at a certain time.

This is not a hiatus, but just a notice that I will have a little less content out for now. Once things get a little less hectic in my personal life, I will be back to writing as much as possible!

I’m thinking about posting on either Mondays or Thursdays (I kind of want to bypass all the Top Ten Tuesday/Top 5 Wednesday Tags) but let me know in the comments when would be the best time to see posts from me!

In the meantime, you can also add me as a friend on Goodreads or follow me on Instagram! I will definitely be a little more active on those platforms!

You guys are the best of the best! Thank you for all the support! I have a post coming later this week and then I’ll start the once a week schedule! See ya then!

❤ Brittany