Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Book Talk Tuesday: What are You Reading?

Book Talk Tuesday is designed to showcase your reading pick(s) of the week. If you are anything like me, sometimes you need to fully digest those weekend reads before moving on to another book. So, feel free to share that finished book that just hasn't quite let you go. Most books I highlight for BTT I will review. If I review a highlighted book, it will be posted no later than Sunday of each week.  
Pick of the Week

Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington - Washington's autobiography fills two book gaps that I'm seeking to close: nonfiction and the slave narratives.  
  
What are you reading? Let's get reading, talking, and discussing!

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*Though I decided not to write a review, here's a few photos of my annotated copy. 
Several underlined sentences and marked passages grace the pages.


Three more post-it notes are at the top of the pages.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Review: When the Stars Go Blue

Caridad Ferrer. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2010. 324 pp.
Rating: Decent


Book Blurb: Dance is Soledad Reyes’s life. About to graduate from Miami’s Biscayne High School for the Performing Arts, she plans on spending her last summer at home teaching in a dance studio, saving money, and eventually auditioning for dance companies. That is, until fate intervenes in the form of fellow student Jonathan Crandall who has what sounds like an outrageous proposition: Forget teaching. Why not spend the summer performing in the intense environment of the competitive drum and bugle corps? The corps is going to be performing Carmen, and the opportunity to portray the character of the sultry gypsy proves too tempting for Soledad to pass up, as well as the opportunity to spend more time with Jonathan, who intrigues her in a way no boy ever has before.