All posts filed under: Readers Café

The Decline of Literature

As World Book Day approaches this Saturday on April 23rd, it is only fitting to turn off the television and engulf myself in my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice. But not many people in the United States will be celebrating the same way. In fact, many won’t be celebrating at all. Illiteracy should not be something that American’s should have to go through in this day and age. But as a cold hard truth reality hits, many children across the country are unable to read, and 17% of high school teens graduate with a reading level of below basic. With public schools available to every child across the country, illiteracy and below basic reading level should not be occurring in 2016. But in a recent study conducted in Education Week, many school districts do not have the necessary means to pay for books and materials for children. The sad reality truth of the matter is that low income areas are not fully funded and do not provide the necessary means for children to thrive. It is no …

Miss Peregrine in the Silver Screen

Growing up I have always lived my life with a book in my hand. I was never without one and although I spent most of my time by myself I was never truly alone. I was always accompanied by the many characters that filled every page, and through them I was constantly in a battle between good and evil, trapped in a love triangle between lovers, and shaking with a beating heart in a dark corridor with someone lurking in the shadows. Although horror has never particularly been my favorite go to genre, there are some that I am most willing to read, during daylight of course. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children may not be a full horror novel like The Exorcist, but it still has its moments. With the main character searching for answers after his grandfather’s death, the protagonist is chased by haunting, chilling, vile creatures that lurk in the shadows that he is only able to see, and surrounded by children in an orphanage that are not “normal”. And with grim pictures to …

The Bookstore with a Twist

With the rise of technology, buying books has become simpler than ever before.  With an easy click, all the literature that you want arrives straight at your door, or straight to your Kindle. But what happened to good old fashioned bookstores? The rise of Amazon’s Kindle and IBooks has put a major decline in bookstores all around the globe. But some are not going down without a fight. Although there is a Barnes and Nobles everywhere you look, the fact that it is a huge franchise, and corporation, with millions of dollars invested does not necessarily count as a bookstore fighting the good fight against technology. Other bookstores, on the other hand, that are privately owned have gone down in flames. Others, like The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California, is a true gem that deserves to stay open to the public. Book lovers all over will enjoy not only the collection of books that are for sale, but the aura and atmosphere of the place as well. Centered in the heart of Los Angeles, …