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review 2014-12-26 00:30
Great Quotes!
Required Reading for All Teenagers (Updated Edition) - Douglas Pagels

This collection of quotes are very inspiring. Great for teens!


Things I did not care for-

This is a hard thing to rate. There were SO many quotes, so there were a few I thought didn't make sense because of personal opinion. Just a few.


Things I liked-

This book is filled with things to boost your mood. I loved the quotes by the author, Douglas Pagels, he is really good at making YOU feel special. So many things anybody, me included, could benefit from. Just a very inspirational read.


I would recommend this to teenagers-of course- but there are quite a few quotes in here that apply to anyone in a rough time. A lot of people could benefit from this collection.

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review 2014-11-11 22:16
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption - Laura Hillenbrand

I can't really wrap my head or words around what I'd say in a review for this book. Louis Zamperini's story, as written by Laura Hillenbrand of Seabiscuit fame, is quite simply remarkable, shattering, wonderful, horrifying, tragic, terrifying, unbelievable, devastating. It shows both the best and the worst of humanity. It is, quite frankly, stunning.


Read it.

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url 2014-05-25 20:01
Required reading in UK schools

This post from Interesting Literature outlines the current 'ado' in the UK about required readings at schools. I'm not sure what my position is on the issue, but one line of the post stands out. It concerns a book:

"But how many would have picked it up and read it, had they not studied it in school?"

Does the post author think that it is an endorsement of the book? I don't. If not many of us would pick up that book and read it unless it was a required read, maybe it shouldn't be required.

When my son was at school, "Of Mice and Men" (one of the books mentioned in the post) was in his curriculum. I read it with him. Both he and I disliked it immensely. That book could kill anyone's love of reading. I don't think schoolchildren should study it at school. Schools should promote books one could like, books that entice one to read, not the opposite.   

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