My Reading of This Summer

This summer, I have read nine books in all, which consists of four different genres, which are classic, mystery, fantasy, and nonfiction. The books are Oliver Twist, A Clearing in the Forest, Five Little Pigs, The Hundred Story Home, Same Kind of Different as Me, The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms, Land of Stories: The Author’s Odyssey, Queen of the Tearling, and 150 Years of Musical Theatre. Below I will try to describe what I thought of each of these books.

Oliver Twist: was a very easy classic to read, but still difficult. Grow fond of Oliver pretty quickly and loved the innocence and goodness found in him and glad he was able to keep that even when in the hands of Fagin and Sikes. This will be a nice classic to read someday if you are a fan of the classics.

A Clearing in the Forest: I read this so quickly. It was quite enjoyable and loved how the main character was able to figure things out. She had to figure things out alone for the most part. This is a good book to read if you want a quick fantasy book.

Five Little Pigs: the main problem with this book is I thought it was odd that a mystery was being solved sixteen years after the murder that the book centers around. The daughter of the mother wanted to prove that her mother was innocent of the supposed murder of her husband’s murder. Other than being solved sixteen years after the murder, it still was a nice read.

Land of Stories (Beyond the Kingdoms/ Author’s Odyssey): I will group these two books together. I have enjoyed reading the series for some time now. I loved seeing how the stories continued. In Beyond the Kingdoms, Alex and Conner were starting to get together an army from works of fiction such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and Wizard of Oz in order to fight against the masked. In the Author’s Odyssey, the twist continued getting together an army, but they instead used some of Conner’s works. To get through in these works, the twins used a magic portal portion. These books will only be enjoyable if you start at the beginning of the entire series.

One Hundred Story Home: This was an incredible story of how one women housed many chronically homeless men and women. Even though I don’t like nonfiction, I still enjoyed reading it especially because of my passion for wanting to give back to those living in poverty.

Same Kind of Different As Me: I read this book since it was brought up in One Hundred Story Home. This is the story of how a homeless man became friends with a non-homeless man. It all started when Ron Hall, encouraged by Deborah (his wife), to volunteer at Urban Ministry Center. Ron Hall eventually became friends with Denver Moore, who at first was not that interested in that couple. But eventually he decided to be friends with Ron. So again, I am not a fan of nonfiction, but it shows that the homeless are the same as everyone else, but at the same time different and enjoyed it due to that passion I have for giving back to the poverty population.

Queen of the Tearling: This was my first time starting the series. I loved the main character, Kelesa, but I had some trouble with this book. There were times where it felt like there was plot development, but at times it felt dragged. I loved the nature of the two necklaces that Kelsea wore.I honestly by the end of it couldn’t really decide if I want to continue the series or not.

150 Years of Musical Theatre: This was the last book I read and this was such an incredible book. It talked about the origins of musical theatre, which started with Paris Comic Opera and ended about talking about Rent. It brought up some very well-known musicals like West Side Story, Anything Goes, Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats,  Sound of Music, South Pacific, Oklahoma, King and I, Chorus Line, Annie, and Annie Get Your Gun. For any fan of musical theatre, this is a must read.

One Hundred Story Home Review

A True Story about Finding Faith in Yourself and Something Bigger

The Hundred Story Home leads you on an inspirational journey that begins with a questions, “where are the beds?” and ends with over one hundred formerly homeless people living in home of their own.

Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, wife, mother of four daughters, and volunteer at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center when an unlikely meeting with formally homeless author Denver Moore (Same Kind of Different As Me) changed the course of her life. Inspired by Denver’s challenge to do more than serve in the soup kitchen, Kathy quits her job to take on what seemed like an unimaginable task in her second half of life-to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless

Women together in this motivational story of a call to social action of Kathy’s personal journey to define the meaning of home. Read the book that not only makes you believe you can change the world, it will also end up changing you.

-Unknown

One Hundred Story home was the third book I finished this summer and also my third genre I read this summer. This time I read a nonfiction book. I am not a big fan of nonfiction, but my mom bought it for me knowing of my passion to help the homeless when I am older. I throughly enjoyed this book and was so inspiring. It actually made my dream of opening a theatre to help the homeless feel like it is possible. I want the homeless to act in plays and musicals and possibly even get the chance to work backstage.

At times, Kathy thought that there was no way she can ever house the chronically homeless because it seemed impossible. But through the motivation of people such as Denver, Dale, her husband and children, it helped her get through many hurdles she had to face while getting this started.

By reading the book, I realized just how hard it is to get a nonprofit started. The reason why I want the homeless to be involved in theatre is because I have a passion for musicals. The homeless have hidden talents that we do not know about. I know how much theatre has changed me and I cannot imagine how much more it would impact the homeless.

I am hoping the theatre will help give the homeless purpose in their lives and will help a community they might feel like they are missing. Even Kathy’s purpose took a lot of work especially when raising enough money to build the apartments. Lots had to be done before construction of the apartments could begin. It all started out with a sample program to see if her idea would work out.

So what I am saying is that this book made me realize that the theatre has chance of possibly working out. It shows me that it will happen even though it will take a lot of work. It shows you that some days will be harder then others. Even though I honestly just do not like nonfiction that much, I loved this book. I sometimes wonder why I am deeply connected to those living in poverty and homelessness. Kathy says that when you discover your calling, go for it. Even when people tell me my dream job is impossible, there will be people who will help you. I know I cannot get this theatre opened alone and will need more than just God to help me. The book shows that you can make a difference in the world.