Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Few Recent Reads



The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

To be fair, Sachar writes in the prologue that this is a book about playing bridge. And that he knows almost none of his readers care about bridge. Still, he loves the game.

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At least Sachar gives summary boxes that allow you to skip the card game play-by-plays and read the human story. I definitely took advantage of that option.

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I liked the characters and the plot, but there isn't a single person I can think of that I would recommend it to.

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So I'm just going to celebrate me because this was the third book I ever added to my Goodreads "To Read" list and it's been six years that I've been waiting!

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The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick

We end our year with a dystopian unit, which is fun for most students. Unfortunately, most of our dystopian titles are very long, which can leave our developing readers feeling daunted.

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I was excited to find The Big Dark, which features all the things that growing readers enjoy: cliffhangers to keep them going, action scenes, and short chapters.

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The story is enjoyable, too. After a solar flare knocks out the electricity around the country, people need to do what it takes to survive. This felt realistic, as it is something that could happen.

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What I didn't like was the ending, which felt too easy and like Philbrick ran out of time or ideas. It feels a bit insulting to readers after the investment in reading it.

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Still, I will be sharing it with my readers who need a successful dystopian experience. But I will be asking them how they think it could end instead.




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