February 5, 2010
Care Bears on Fire make music that belies their ages. The Brooklyn trio combines impressive musical chops with big lyrical hooks, and puts on one of my favorite live performances.
The band's second album, 2009's Get Over It!, is smart, literate, and fun, and highly recommended for music fans of all ages.
1984 by George Orwell
We all really love this book because George Orwell practically predicted the future. This is a truly creepy depiction of a totalitarian society that is not so far off from certain societies in our world today. It shows what could happen to any country if power goes unchecked and people lose their ability to stand up for what's right.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
We all love this book so much because we all relate to Holden and love him so! When you read this book, it's impossible not to feel like you know just what Holden’s going through. Holden is the epitome of a misunderstood teenager, but unlike most, he is actually someone that we'd want to talk to! Salinger was so good at weaving together plots and characters throughout all of his stories and we find this really compelling. R.I.P J.D Salinger.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Who doesn't love Harry Potter? It is so addicting and wonderful in every way.
When we haven’t picked up a Harry Potter book for a while, we find ourselves truly missing the characters. It may seem a little odd, but it is one of those books that encourages crazy behavior, for instance, squealing when you see someone reading a Harry Potter book on the subway and falling over trying to see what page they are on so that you can get a vicarious HP thrill.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
We all read Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 a couple of years ago and it made a huge impact on each of us -- even though it's over fifty years old and is Science Fiction. The setting: a futuristic Dystopian society where critical thinking and creativity are punishable offences, and books are burned for the good of society. It represents to us the dumbing down of modern America. The terrifying book inspires one to remember to keep culture and art alive, for someone will always try to take it away from you.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby we enter the world of the very rich, and like hero Nick Carraway, discover that the American Dream has a dark side. We don't want to reckon with who we really are and Gatsby's total invention of himself, and the sadness that comes with it, is proof. This novel forces confront our hopes and unrecognized dreams.
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