This was recommended to me by another teacher.
The author is a lawyer from the south who, starting in the 80s, began trying to find justice for death row inmates who were wrongfully convicted. These were people who were convicted because of race, poverty, or mental illness. They weren't given fair trials, or the evidence was so glaringly obvious that the person didn't do it, that it was clearly bigotry that convicted these people. This book made me want to yell, to cry, and to be so happy that a person like this is in the world, helping people that cannot help themselves.
I avoided this book for quite some time. I regret that I waited so long.
This book is the continuing of The Shining, which was written nearly 30 years ago. In that story, a family stays at a haunted hotel and serve as the caretakers for it during the winter. They are completely along.
The ghosts make the father go crazy and try to kill his family. The young boy has something called the shining. Essentially, it's a psychic ability. Doctor Sleep picks up with this young boy as an adult with similar alcohol and drug problems that his father had, but he keeps his shining in check, for the most part.
He settles in a small town and tries to get his life together, until someone reaches out to him psychically. It turns out to be a young child, which an even greater shining than he has. Then, it turns out that there is a terrible group of people called the True Knot that essentially like to eat the essence of people with the shining, which kills them. Now, he's called to stop the True Knot. It was a really great book. It helps to have read The Shining already because there are several mentions of it that won't make sense if you haven't read it.
This was awesome!
So, it has the best illustrations (you're never too old for a book with pictures!) This is a collection of very short, scary stories with very creepy illustrations that go with it. The stories aren't entirely complete, and leave a little to the imagination, but it was awesome. Plus, with all the pictures, it's a very fast read.
This was a different book for me. I thought I might like it because it's written by the same author who wrote The Maze Runner series, and that was a pretty awesome story, so I thought I'd give this a try. Basically, in this book, virtual reality is something anyone can participate in at any time. Instead of playing your playstation and using chatting during the game, you actually go into the game as a virtual player. Someone figured out how to keep people in the game enough to kill them, and the government asks three teenagers who are very talented at their virtual gaming, to investigate and find out who the guy is.
This was not really my kind of book. To be honest, I only read half of it, which is rare for me. It didn't capture my attention as I had hoped.
I saw this book on a best seller's list somewhere and decided to take a look.
It's another dystopia, where we have destroyed the planet. To combat global warming, we send something in to the atmosphere to eliminate the damage we've done, and it ends up killing everything. So, people escape to Eden. 200 years later, there are a lot of rules and protocol to keep things running smoothly. For example, second children are not allowed. If you are pregnant with twins, one must be terminated, and women are typically sterilized after the first child. Rowan's parents are doctors and keep the fact that she's carrying twins a secret. She is born, and kept in the home, and no one knows she exists; until one day where she ventures out of her home and is seen.
Then, everything changes.
Her mother is killed.
Her brother is captured.
What will Rowan do?
I started a couple of books and just couldn't finish them.
I'm an avid reader. One thing I've learned in my many years on this Earth is that no matter what is happening in your life, you can always benefit from temporarily escaping life in order to become absorbed in a make believe story.