The Great American Read

I am so excited that PBS is hosting an 8 episode series of finding America’s best loved novel. That’s right, NOVEL. Watchers of the show get to vote for their favorite book. The official list for The Great American Read is below:

The Great American Read list

How does the voting work, you ask?

Voting will open online and on social media with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode and continue throughout the summer, leading up to the finale in October 2018. Over the summer, viewers can vote online and through hashtag voting via Facebook and Twitter. In the fall, viewers will also be able to cast their votes by using SMS and toll-free voting.

Let’s Talk about the List

I am both pleased and appalled at this list. I had to show my Shakespeare-loving friend this list. Her face was full of confusion and wonder, like mine had been upon reading the list. The list is filled with books I love and could re-read for the rest of my life. The list is also full of Authors I love, but I did not LOVE the books of the authors that were picked.

Honestly, why wasn’t Slaughterhouse 5 picked?

Some of the books and Authors I have never heard of. Some of these books have been on my “to-read” list for years. Some of the books I have started reading and could not finish due to whatever reason. Some of the books are already movies, have recently became, or will become movies. Some of the books have a huge fan following: Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Hunger Games . . . just to name a few.

Who do I think is going to win?

While I love a vast majority of these books and their movie adaptations, I’m going to go with Harry Potter. No book series in existence has captured the heart and soul of growing up and how challenging that is. Then J.K. Rowling puts teenagers in charge of basically overthrowing the Wizarding World’s Government. Harry Potter is available in almost every language both the books and movies, has a Broadway show, has 4 theme parks ( two in US, one in Japan, one in Australia), a traveling museum, and let us not forget the textbooks Harry used such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which also turned into a bestseller and a movie.

When is the Great American Read happening?

May 22, 8 pm c/t (9pm eastern time) on your local PBS station. Don’t have cable? Not a problem! PBS can be found on a variety of devices and streaming services.

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Purple Hibiscus: Book Review

purple hibiscus

 

I honestly don’t know where to start in my process of review the book. I finished the novel on September 25 and I still feel feelings from the book. You know, those feelings that you get once a book touches your soul in a way that you will never be the same? It’s like that. I hoped to post this review that same week, but it couldn’t be done. This book is so amazing I had to perfect this review.

Pure raw emotion. That’s what you get from this novel. Kambili’s fear of everything. The way she copes is heartbreaking. The entire novel is heartbreaking. That is what real life is like – overall heartbreaking with moments and times of joy.

There is so much going on in this novel. Kambili and her family are Catholic and her dad rules the house with an iron fist. Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are terrified of not being perfect in their father’s eyes. Kambili often admits “I wish I thought to say/do that” so she can be praised by her father.

While her father owns his own factories and newspaper, he also donates a large amount of money to the community, gaining the title of  “Omelora”. No one ever knows of the things that he does in his personal life. They don’t know that he caused his wife to have a total of 3 miscarriages. They don’t know that the children are afraid to get of their specified schedule that he made because they never knew how their father would punish them. The fear that he instilled in his children made them to be robots and not their actual self.

That is what the novel is about. It’s about a 15 year old girl finding her voice and her personal sense of freedom in a hostile living environment, both inside and outside the home. While the domestic violence and child abuse is going on in the home, outside in country  where they live, Nigeria, a military coup starts to run the country. People are dying. Conspiracy theories start to form.

Despite all of this, Kambili finds her voice at her Aunts house, where she goes to stay for a bit due to certain circumstances. She finds her smile with Father Amadi. They form a friendship and affection towards one another.

This novel is about choices and how even one choice is good it can still have dire consequences. It is also about having faith and accepting differences. Just because someone else have a different view of something, does not mean that they are going to hell, as Kambili learns.

The interaction between Kambili and her brother, Jaja, is what makes this book. They don’t speak with words often, they speak to each other with their eyes. They know how to read each other’s thoughts in the stillness of the silence. They automatically know things about each other this way.

The indirect main character of the novel is Kambili’s paternal grandfather, Papa Nnukwu. Everything seems to be centered around him and the consequences of what happens to Kambili and Jaja after they spent time with him.

This novel is shockingly breathtaking and will make you want to read it all in one sitting. I’d like to thank the Goodreads group, Readers with a Cause for picking this novel for our book discussion.

This novel is being added to my favorites list.

Is it one of your favorites? Let me know!

Books vs Electronic Devices: The Case of Books

Which is better? Which do you prefer? Let’s list the pros and cons of books! In no particular order of course.

 

BOOK Pros:

 
1. The Smell!

 

old book smell
2. The excitement you get after you read the back of the cover, the inside of the cover, and a random page and still wanting to buy the book
3. Soft covers are cheaper than hard covers
4. People will stop and ask you about the book if they’ve read it before

book reccomends person
5. The realization of progress being made once you move the book mark.
6. No Special cords/ chargers needed
7. Get to add something new to your ever expanding book case

bookends
8. The joy of going to the book store just to find a new read
9. Visiting the Librarylibrary in paris
10. Knowing you’re supporting an author, an artist (for the book cover), a publicist, the company selling the book, and the place you bought the book from

 

BOOK Cons:
1. PAPER CUTS!
2. Books can get heavy, quickly i like big books
3. Can’t read in the dark
4. If any damage happens to the book, you feel like you lost a friend
5. The possibility of accidentally losing the spot, or the book mark falling out
6. Hands get tired after a while
7. Takes away spaceno room for books
8. Forever lost if “borrowed” to a “friend”
9. Spending gas or delivery fee to purchase the book
10. Constantly readjusting to find the perfect reading position

uncomfy reading positions

 

Did the pros outweigh the cons? Did cons triumph over the pros?

Let me know what you think.