Enjoyable, though I‘m not sure how all these stories went together, but worthwhile regardless. Love her delivery, though, and observations.
Best chair ever at local public library!
Best chair ever at local public library!
This is a tough book to read, but so eye-opening. Stories illustrate the hard work & high costs of poverty, in terms of money, effects on kids, and people‘s self-worth. It‘s nearly impossible to break out of without help, yet help costs less (in many ways) than the vicious cycle of eviction. The profits made off poor people are disgusting. Author offers some real solutions at end, tho we‘d actually have to agree that stable housing is a right.
Weekend camping read! Quite good, featuring a kick-ass woman lawyer & detective. Interesting to read about these real-life cases going on at turn-of-the-20th-century & parallels to today. Recommended.
I REALLY enjoyed this book - a buddy of sorts to Ready Player One. And Nancy Wu was a new narrator for me & I enjoyed her performance. That being said, a tight edit would‘ve brought this from good to great - cut the repetitive whining out and it‘s a much stronger read. Emika Chen‘s one of the best at this game in the WORLD and she doubts herself!? Please make this girl confident in the sequel, Ms. Lu!!
Well, it‘s a nonfiction heartbreaker about a(nother) promising young kid lost to the streets, penal system, and violence - a kid our society has failed. Hard to read but important. The author, an accomplished academic, gets a little too “academic” in parts, but a good read overall.
I really enjoyed this YA novel about a headstrong girl in the late 1800s who wants to be an archeologist, the competition to dig up “new” dinosaurs, and her first love. Have to say I didn‘t love the ending, seemed a bit forced, but still worth the read - interesting characters, even if they‘re a bit uneven at times. A sequel to come for sure.
I‘m roughly halfway thru the audio & my interest in waning. Good reader, but it‘s slow. I think it‘s tough to write about characters who live hundreds of years. Or I‘m just crabby and need a different read. 😕 Has anyone finished this & can advise if I should push through??
So I‘m staring at this book, know it‘s important & scared out of my mind to read it. Premise is: author picked a random day in 2013 & reported on the kids killed by firearms on that day in the US. It‘s gotta be heartbreaking. Quote above starts off the book.
Trying to put thoughts together on this - read it to see how it beat The Hate U Give to win the Printz Award this week. It‘s a quiet, sad & hopeful book, and a quick read. So I liked it, but wasn‘t blown away by it like The Hate U Give. Fair to compare the two? Maybe I should just focus on the beauty of each. 😏
I love how Crowder shows you what it‘s like to walk in someone else‘s shoes, in this book as well as Audacity. This isn‘t a feel-good book, but it‘s an important fictionalization of a real issue. It hurts the heart what this kid has to go through, and gives you some world and life perspective. It‘s pretty brilliant - recommended. Cookie is optional but cannot hurt.
Good read, and one not flattering of the Washingtons, esp Mrs. Also it provides detail on what an enslaved person‘s life was like, and the often heartbreaking ramifications of the few choices they could make. And hearing Ona‘s story makes you realize all the other histories that have been lost due to enslavement. Eye-opening.
Ug. While I appreciate this guy‘s military service, he‘s insufferable. He‘s a know-it-all, sexist & racist. And I have to listen for book club. Not sure how this is so well reviewed because it‘s average writing & could‘ve used a strong editor. I guess it gives you insight into war, but I would pick another book for that.
Good read about courts, justice, prison system — at times hopeful and depressing. But an important read. Not daunting as it looks - quite accessible, actually. One again, reading about courts and injustice reenforces belief that you never want to be at their mercy, even if you‘re innocent.
YA fiction based on true stories. Fleeing Nazis, Cuba, and Aleppo in different decades - you can hear the desperation in these stories and understand the need for compassion. Book makes the point that our lives are intertwined and we rely on each other for help at times. Good stuff.
Had a 10-hour drive back from vacation yesterday, made bearable with Andy Carpenter's snark and Grover Gardner's voice to bring it to life. I always enjoys these listens - they aren't complex, but you can't figure them out either. Plus, author David Rosenfelt's Facebook posts crack me up. It's the wit, I tell ya! And I don't even like dogs!
I'm in the Adirondacks this week, seeing tons of little local libraries like this one. They're all cute! Went inside this one, and it has a good book selection despite having max occupancy of 28 - plus they have six computers! Always impressed to see what librarians are doing.
It only took me 11 years to get to reading this! Quite good & informative & brings home the humanity (and destruction thereof) of the Civil War. I usually like to rip through books but this is one you can set aside for a bit, and keep coming back to - nice change of pace. As good as the reviews claimed, many moons ago.
So an interesting backstory I never knew about re: V's instability and forays into other careers and his relationship with family members. Curious that this is young adult - it's long, but has short chapters (3-4 pgs). I almost wish it was adult but then again it'd likely be super long. Half-way through, though I know how it ends...
Sooo must admit I didn't know Hap & Leonard until I caught the tv series, so catching up with these two interesting characters while camping this weekend. Great book of stories, providing some history of each of them & their friendship. Plus, found out author is a martial arts senior grand master - hella cool.