I normally don't review the non-fiction books I read because you kind of run out of things to say about writing books after a while, but this was a book recommended by my cousin and is not only a great book, but is by my new bosses at Seneca Women. I read this back when I was still studying for my finals this semester and was blown away not only by how much women really impact the economy (something I never really thought about before my women's studies class this semester), but also the individual stories of these empowered women were so moving and inspiring that I just have to share this here.
I'm 2 days late for the 6th anniversary of my reading this novel, but I've been meaning to review this book for forever, so why wait a whole 363 more days to get it right on the 7th anniversary when I can stop wasting time and review it right now?
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) is perhaps my favorite, and most-disturbing, dystopian novel I've ever read is definitely this Orwellian classic. And what makes it most terrifying is that so many of the techniques and technologies of this authoritarian government are already here: big TV screens, cameras, etc. And given "the War on Terror" since 9/11/2001 and subsequent Islamophobia in America the Hour of Hate, unfortunately, isn't that hard to imagine like it once might have. Although, given this novel was published soon after the end of WWII, I suppose that it's never been that far of a stretch of the imagination (and that's pretty scary).
I read this book on a whim five years ago, and I'm so glad I did. The story haunted me so much that it stayed with me in the forefront of my mind for two years.
The last year I was in middle school, I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey in class and loved it. Then, when I needed to pick a book to write a paper on that same year, I read Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. Then high school happened and now in my first year of college, I find myself returning to Greenberg's semi-autobiographical story to write a paper for my Intro to Psych class.
Having read those other two books in the interim, my understanding of the material has changed and grown. Even so, the experience of the book was just as powerful, if not more so, than my first reading. I recommend this book to everyone.
I was waiting for this book for what felt like forever, and then college started, and BAM! It was September 8th. I have ordered a signed copy, but since I forgot to have them send it to me at school. I got the eBook because I couldn't wait to get into Kaidan Rowe's head and see what he thought of his and Anna's adventure (especially Sweet Peril and Sweet Reckoning... oh, who am I kidding? I wanted his take on the whole thing!). And Wendy Higgins didn't disappoint.
In Sarah J. Maas’ thrilling debut Throne of Glass, a retelling of the classic Cinderella tale with a twist, the meek Disney princess is transformed into a notorious assassin. When the crown prince offers Celaena Sardothien a new chance at freedom, she leaps at the opportunity to leave the Endovier salt mines. She is then invited to the castle to compete in a Hunger Games-esque fight to the death against twenty-three other killers of the realm.
While Prince Dorian likes her, his captain of the guard, Chaol, is less impressed by the new guest. When a mysterious killer begins picking off the competitors, Celaena must find the culprit before she becomes the next victim.
“So wrong for each other…and yet so right.” I will admit, when I first saw the cover and tagline of Pushing the Limits I was a little skeptical. A bad boy and a good girl? I thought I’d read this story before, but boy was I wrong! Noah and Echo’s stories are deep, tear-jerking tales where the heart of the matter is the importance of family and trust.
Echo Emerson was the beautiful, smart, popular redhead who had the hottest boyfriend in school and then one night changed everything– a night she doesn't even remember. Now she's a social outcast with a dysfunctional family who refuses to tell her what happened. The best adult character in Echo's life is her clinical social worker, Mrs. Collins (more on her later).
Perhaps the world's most acclaimed love story, Pride & Prejudice continues to capture the hearts of readers. The headstrong protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, is faced with her biggest challenge yet: love. When two new gentlemen come to town, Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth and her sisters' lives are turned upside down.
Elizabeth is the second oldest of a middle class English family living in 19th Century England. She is very fond of her older sister Jane and will do anything to shield her from harm; this loyalty entangles both of the sisters in a conflict, with major repercussions. Elizabeth is her father's favorite, but not her mother's, as she is constantly disagreeing with her about ideas of marriage. She is often ashamed of her family's bad manners, save her sister Jane.
Published in 1960, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird has become a perennial classic about childhood innocence and a coming of age story. A harrowing tale of racial inequality and its effect on Maycomb, Alabama, especially Scout and Jem Finch, the children of Atticus Finch, the man who is assigned to represent Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman. Jem and Scout are ostracized and teased by their peers because their father is defending a black man, forcing both of them, especially Scout to learn about what really defines bravery.
Scout Finch is Atticus Finch's curious daughter. She's a tom boy, doesn't like being told what to do, is a little naughty, and always asking "why?"
Melinda Sordino enters high school as a social pariah and is ostracized by her peers who don't know her dark secret– they only know the she called the police to a summer party. Now Melinda is silent, unable to "speak" (even though she is technically a selective mute). This story is about her road to confession. She finds a way to express herself through Mr. Freeman's art class and turns a secret janitor's closet into a shrine to art, safe haven, and a home away from home.
Written as vignettes, the story only emphasizes certain events (sometimes with large gaps in between) which can make it feel like a choppy read, but the visceral imagery makes the reader suffer with Melinda and root for her empowerment.
Imagine a world with no pain, no color, no emotion. This is the world of Lois Lowry's The Giver. Jonas is now twelve, the age where he will choose his life's occupation and will train privately away from his fellow classmates.
But when Jonas is skipped over in the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas and his family become worried. The Chief Elder calls Jonas into a private meeting to inform him that he's been chosen to be the Receiver of Memory, a mysterious and lonely charge, because of his abilities to "hear (music) and see (color) beyond."
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