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Top 5 Tuesday: Rewind Books

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Greetings from Alaska! Tomorrow will mark my one week anniversary away from home!

This week the topic is REWIND…books I don’t talk about enough! I thought this was such an interesting topic to reflect on because I often don’t think about books that I enjoyed but perhaps didn’t discuss in depth, or ones that were good but were quickly overshadowed by a reading something of which I became uber passionate.

RewindBooks

In no particular order, here we go:

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

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A story that deals with an urban area and stars characters of all backgrounds as they tell their point-of-view of the garden that is popping up and what led them to it. It is one I was amazed by when I read it. A short, sweet, easy read, it is perfect for classrooms or for an afternoon read. It really takes the idea of a diverse community and different perspectives (as well as life happening) to show how we can be made stronger or we can shatter.

 

The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

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A fantastic series that I had forgotten I enjoyed, this series (more than just the three books you see) is set in pre/during/post apocalyptic conditions as a heat/light wave scorches out everything and all life on earth starts to disappear. Every few centuries a game is played among people of a certain bloodline. Each individual resembles a person on a Tarot Card and carries those characteristics. They must fight to the death, until there remains only one champion. That champion retains his memories and lives until the next game while aging only during the time of the game itself. For purely entertaining reasons, I believe these books aren’t talked about enough!

 

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

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A true story/memoir about a social experiment, a white middle class journalist takes pills and uses other chemicals to dye his skin black. After his skin takes on a darker hue, he begins to walk the streets of the deep south in 1959 (under laws of segregation). His findings show how the same people treated him when they met him as a white man and how they treated him meeting him as a black man. His experiences show kindness, cruelty, living in fear and danger, living in brotherhood and love. The reality of the situation is that he could let his skin color change after it and the impacts that had on his life after with both the white community (activist and not) and the black community. I often forget about the power of this book and how it is relevant to many underrepresented populations today (those that don’t have the option to temporarily change their situation).

 

The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

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A purely fun, romantic-comedy type read! A friend was telling me about a book she was reading a few weeks ago by Meg Cabot and it refreshed my mind to the fun of these books. This one in particular is written in email style and perhaps an occasional note. It takes a moment to get into, but then it reads quickly and is highly entertaining for those that enjoy romcoms. I think about all of the talent it must take to fully develop characters and plot through online conversations that need to sound normal. Very few descriptors are used to explain emotions or looks because it is all portrayed ‘online’.

 

Eligible (The Austen Project #4) by Curtis Sittenfeld

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I loved Pride and Prejudice, but have not read it in a while and have only read that work of Jane Austen (so far). I found this modern day retelling to be enjoyable, approachable, and hilarious. It was so intriguing that Sittenfeld changed the ages and occupations to truly fit modern stereotypes and with those changes it made it a little bit more accessible. I believe this alongside the original would make a fun literature study or book club discussion! Someday, I plan on reading other pieces of Austen’s work so that I can then read and compare them to “The Austen Project” works!

 


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