Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Best Books I Read In 2018. This is exceptionally hard for me, but I’ve whittled the list down to eight- while I didn’t read many books in 2018, I did read some really great ones.

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Book Review

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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I will admit: I was a little hesitant to read this book given the fact that I really didn’t enjoy Nicola Yoon’s other book, Everything, Everything. Also, Young Adult contemporary novels can be very hit or miss for me. I’m outside of their demographic now (which is probably why more and more of them are becoming misses) and I often find myself judging them through the lens of an adult; thinking about how I would do things differently or how a simple conversation would solve 90% of any given protagonist’s problems. Knowing that, I went into the book trying to remember it is from the point of view of two young teenagers at extremely volatile points in their lives.

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Book Review

Of Mouse and Men by Nicklaus Hopkins

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Disney Parks have always had massive popular appeal. They draw people from all walks of life, and have amassed something of a cult following (if you ever want to head down the rabbit hole, go to the Disneyland subreddit). With such fantastic production and a seemingly perfect facade, people clamor at the chance to glimpse of the machine behind the magic. This fascination has created an entire subculture of blogs, YouTube deep-dive videos, and tell-all books written to give an insider take. As a Disney fan myself, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read this book and to learn a bit more about the daily life of one of the thousands of cast members at Disney World.

Of Mouse and Men follows the author as he trains, and subsequently performs, as a masked character in Walt Disney World. His journey begins when he is offered a sweet new gig – character performer in Walt Disney World. It’s any Disney fanatic’s dream job – he gets to be paid to spend time in Disney World as one of his favorite characters. Right off the bat, training is a grueling ordeal – hours in a heavy, cumbersome costume in Florida heat. It’s this part of the book that I found I enjoyed the most. I really enjoyed how honest Nicklaus was about his early missteps. He made mistakes, he learned, grew as a performer, and never seems to lose his optimism and passion for his job.

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