The Busy Reader

 

Pages in Motion. Passion for Stories.

The Busy Reader

 

Pages in Motion. Passion for Stories.

May 1, 2019

Video Length 1:16

Who Should Read It

Anyone wishing for rowdy, raucous storytelling…who can also stomach long allusions to obscure classical works.

Why Should We Read It

Our high school teacher was right- it is worth reading!

What Will We Learn

People from the 14th century to the 21st century haven't changed at all.

Book Reflections

"Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote

The droghte of Marche hath perced to the rote,"    

My...

April 1, 2019

Video Length 2:02

Who Should Read It

Fans of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones Universe.

Why Should We Read It

It is a fun prequel story to one of HBO’s most popular TV series.

What Will We Learn

What a dance with dragons really means.

Book Reflections

"...the prequel backstory to Mr. Martin's fantasy series...set three hundred years before the events of [Game of Thrones]..."    

Quite recently, I was summoned for jury dut...

March 1, 2019

Video Length 1:40

Who Should Read It

Anyone who enjoys science, fiction, or both (science fiction)!

Why Should We Read It

This story melds together the chaos of the Cultural Revolution with an alien invasion of Earth! 

What Will We Learn

We will experience science fiction from China's preeminent science fiction writer.

Trilogy Reflections (SPOILER FREE!)

 "...featured stories by Cixin Liu 刘慈欣, China's most celebrated modern-day scienc...

August 1, 2018

Video Length 1:18

Who Should Read It

All fans of science fiction and action/adventure

Why Should We Read It

This novel has a unique plot in which remnants of humanity must confront an ascendant and intelligent spider society for control of a planet.

What Will We Learn

Who is superior, humans or spiders?? Also a dabbling of multiple philosophical conundrums to ponder.

Book Summary

"Nowadays, science fiction stories set in space tend to...

June 1, 2018

Video Length 3:37

Who Should Read It

Anyone who loves chick lit.

Why Should We Read It

The story is fun and the plot is refreshing.

What Will We Learn

A lot of brands that are unknown to the middle-class like myself!

Book Summary

"Reading 'chick lit' has always been my guilty pleasure."

Reading "chick lit" has always been my guilty pleasure. I especially love stories where the female working professional finds her true love while shini...

May 1, 2018

Video Length 1:37

Who Should Read It

Anyone looking for a light, sci-fi adventure story with some science facts sprinkled throughout the novel.

Why Should We Read It

The problem-solving is fun, and the emotional ending satisfying.

What Will We Learn

Science is cool!

Book Summary

"I first learned of Andy Weir in 2015 when my then-girlfriend sang praises of his first novel, The Martian, during a date."

I first learned of Andy Weir in 201...

April 1, 2018

Video Length 1:01

Who Should Read It

Fans of the TV show Downton Abbey who wish for a more melancholic perspective from an aging butler.

Why Should We Read It

This novel is an excellent character study of someone pursuing professional greatness at great personal cost.

What Will We Learn

We will glimpse what a life worth living might look like, and what a life worth living probably won't look like.

Book Summary

"...Mr. Ishiguro's novel...

March 1, 2018

Video Length 1:42

Who Should Read It

Anyone who might want a refreshing take on living a full life, from someone who lived most of it inside of a hotel.

Why Should We Read It

This is a work of pure fiction, but sometimes we need art to teach us how to navigate the real world.

What Will We Learn

We will learn that life is not about titles and possessions, but about relationships and character.

Book Summary

Shortly before the Winter Hol...

February 2, 2017

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Who Should Read it

Classic literature lovers and anyone with a sense of adventure

Why Should We Read it

This book is so ingrained in pop culture that we all know this is a story about revenge. Now it is a good time to refresh our memory.

What Will We Learn

We will learn how a young man was wrongfully imprisoned. We then find out how he escaped, enacted his revenge, and found love.

Book Summary

"Today, 'Monte Cristo' is sy...

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