Heartwarming is what I would like to call this book. At the same time, this book was heartbreaking. Throughout reading the book Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, I was pulled in different directions concerning my feelings toward June and her unconventional family. The dialogue was realistic, and the family dynamics were so natural. Brunt did a fantastic job creating the characters for this story.
This book takes place in the late 1980s and surrounds the AIDS epidemic as June must confront that her uncle, whom she loves dearly, dies from the disease. She must learn to confront the world without the one person who understood her while discovering more about him along the way, making unconventional friendships. I think that anyone would love this beautifully written work of art.
Reading Lois Lowry’s Messenger gave me much to think about along the way. Also, this is the first time we’ve gotten the indication that the stories are connected instead of their own stand-alone novels. This makes the world so much more interesting. There are so many of these community settings within what could be considered walking distance from one another.
This story follows our favorite ruffian from the previous book, Matty, as he deals with the new village he has been living in since the last book. There is not much I can talk about without giving much away within this book. Still, there is somewhat of a timeless quality about it that strikes some of the conversation topics we discuss today, such as immigration and refugees. It was interesting looking at those topics from the point of view of this universe.
I am on the last book, and I’m hoping the ending is just as beautiful that this book ended up being.
It’s rare that a book really makes me think. Especially a fictional. While this book may come across as woo-woo (if that’s even a word), but at the same time, it had a compelling statement. This story is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
All the religious talk aside, it is very much about fulfilling a personal philosophy that is much bigger than oneself. I believe this is something that everyone can get behind. It also got me right in the feels because there is some truth about what the book says. It sometimes feels like the world is against you, and there’s no point when you look at the rest of what is around you. This book really just convinces you to keep going for your dreams with a really compelling and beautiful story. My dad recommended this book years ago, but I never really got around to it. So I’m happy that I finally have.
I’m back after reading Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue, and I am once again wondering why I never read these books. They are so good. In this rendition, we are in a different universe from what The Giver took place in. You don’t even have to read the first one to understand this book. I’m hoping that it continues.
One of the things that was different from the giver is that this takes place in a more stereotypical dystopian environment. Everyone is struggling for food and their place in the group. We follow a girl named Kira who is discriminated against because of her disability status. My heart went out to this girl as someone else who struggles with my own disability struggles. Watching Kira go through all of the challenges facing her was very inspiring. I had hoped she would succeed in every single thing she went after.
Insert a book a suspect that everyone and their guardians have already read, except for me. I have already been dragged through the dirt by my friends, so please, no more judging. I understand that it is terrible that it took me being in graduate school to actually getting around to reading this book. I just wasn’t interested until fairly recently. In some regards, I do regret not reading it earlier but better late than never. What book am I talking about, you may ask. Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the book I’m discussing, where not even a movie coming out interested me apparently.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the setup before completely turning it on its head. I was expecting a utopian world where everything is great, but that was quickly dismantled. Sure, everything was great, but at what cost. This book was discussed in a way that I’ve never really seen in a dystopian novel. It’s usually all about blood and gore and nothing else, which is something I typically dislike. Instead, every aspect had a world-building element to it that kept me engaged in the story.
Now, there are other books that I’m guessing you’ve not heard about or read. I only know because of how I keep track of the books I read. I plan to read those and then tell you if those other books are as good and if I get the same feeling from them. I’m actually excited to see where this goes since each book discusses a different societal aspect.
Recently, I have finished the first season of this amazing webcomic known as Aerial Magic by walkingnorth. This comic follows Wisteria as she starts a new apprenticeship in the big city. One of the things that I’m loving about this comic is the diversity of all of the characters. It is really not said enough, but representation matters. It’s honestly amazing seeing all the different characters from their different background and looking like their own individual people. It’s really inspiring having a protagonist who looks like me and has some of the same struggles as my own, even if Wisteria’s are of the magical variety. I can’t wait for this webcomic to come back and see what Wisteria gets herself into.