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Book Review: There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar

A while ago, I was browsing books on and came across the children's book There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. Seeing this book brought back a flood of memories from middle school. This book was originally recommended to me by a friend when we were in the sixth grade and remember absolutely loving it. So, it went without saying that I had to buy this book and reread it.
Not remembering much of anything, it was like reading There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom for the first time. The main character, Bradley Chalkers, is the kid that no one likes, including teachers. Other students think he's weird and a bully; teachers think he's unruly and destructive. It's actually a very heartbreaking story about a boy that is misunderstood and has distanced himself from his peers and has given up on life in general.
There are so many life lessons that can be learned in this book that both children and adults can benefit from learning. Do…

52-Week Book Challenge: A More Difficult 2020 Reading Challenge by The Running Bibliophile

Do you want a book challenge that will help you read 52 books within 52 weeks? This is the book challenge that will help you with that goal. There is no order in which you need to complete this challenge as long as you finish within the 52 week time period.
Good luck with our 52-Week Book Challenge: A More Difficult 2020 Reading Challenge, and Happy New Year!

52 Week Book Challenge Topics
A Book Based on a Television SeriesA Book Turned into a Television SeriesA Book Turned into a MovieA Book Written by someone you've metA Book that you picked because you liked the coverA Book that makes you laughA Book about books, bookstores, or librariesA 2019 Goodreads NomineeA 2019 Goodreads WinnerRead the First Book in a seriesRead Book 1 in a trilogyRead Book 2 in a trilogyRead Book 3 in a trilogyA Book that starts with the letter AA Book that starts with the letter ZA Book that has a color in the titleA Book that has a number in the titleA Book Set in the State You Live InA Book Based in the …

Book Review: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

I first read Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 30 years ago in the spring of 1989 as an almost 10 year old in the fifth grade. It was not a book I chose to read as it was required reading for my class to prepare us for middle school and all the books we would be required to read. Of the two books we were required to read that year, this was the one I actually enjoyed, with the exception of the ending. Thiswas the first book I read that actually made me cry.
Charlotte's Web tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and how he is saved from death a couple of times, first by a little girl named Fern and then by a spider named Charlotte who befriended Wilbur when he was lonely because none of the other farm animals would play with him. The story follows the friendship between the pig and spider until Charlotte's death. Charlotte's death is what really got to me as a kid and as an adult rereading the book. What made it even worse was that she died alone, and no one should have to di…

Book Review: The Great Gatsby, The Authorized Text by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear an adult say that they've never read F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, especially when those adults are close in age to me. It was required reading in my junior year of high school (11th grade) in my American Literature class, and we had a heavy load of required reading in this class. I'm guessing my high school had higher expectations of us seeing as it consistently makes the top 1,500 public high schools in America. (If I sound like a snob or braggart, I don't mean to sound like one.)
As a high school student, I absolutely loved reading The Great Gatsby. I was enchanted with every book we read my junior year, but I remember this one being one of the ones that I enjoyed the most. When one of the book clubs I belong to decided to read this book, I was excited to reread it as I didn't remember a lot about it, and it allowed me to refresh my memory before the Leonardo DiCaprio version of the movie came out. As an adult, …