Rebel Girls Lead (Book Review)

REBEL GIRLS! Heck yesssss! I’ve actually always wanted to read the series Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, but my library unfortunately doesn’t have them available. Not to worry! I was able to read their newest mini-book called Rebel Girls Lead from NetGalley.

Image of flowers and a butterfly with the book Rebel Girls Lead in the front

The Book

Rebel Girls Lead is a mini version of their Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls series. While the Goodnight series includes 200 women in two books, Rebel Girls Lead only has 25 women. Of the 25 women, some are pulled from the Goodnight series, however, 11 new women are included! Each “rebel girl” has a short summary of her life on the left page, accompanied by a BEAUTIFUL portrait on the right with a quote. At the end of the book there is an template for you to create your own rebel girl profile for the book! After that, there is a short and sweet leadership quiz (I’m an ardent activist) followed by exercises in leadership to inspire activism. Overall, this book is amazing and makes me wish I had access to the other books published by Rebel Girls.

The Rebel Girls

Of the 25 rebel girls in the book, I knew or have heard about 13 of them. Even though the stories of the women are written for young kids, I found them very informative! It gives you enough information for you to get a dip into their lives. Honestly, it has left me wanting more and I’ll be looking into more of these women in my free time. Two of the women that I enjoyed learning about most were Pat Summit and Mary Barra. Both are women who entered majority-male jobs and thrived! I love a woman who can prove she is as good as the men in their field!

The Art

I needed to make a special section for the art. Each portrait is amazing and beautiful! I’ve discovered so many artists that I would love to follow on Instagram or maybe purchase from. My favorite pieces of art from the book were Ana Galvan‘s Elizabeth I and Eleanor Davis‘s Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

However, I came across an issue when looking at the Rebel Girl’s website. They have a page where they list all the creators, which is great! But they did a real disservice to the artists by having most of the links mixed up. You can click on an artist’s name, but it will bring up another artist’s Instagram page instead. So, I’ve decided that I’ll list the artist’s below and link their insta for you 🙂 I hope you can use this to discover beautiful art!

  1. Aisha Akeju
  2. Alessandra De Cristofaro
  3. Alexandra Bowman
  4. Ana Galvan
  5. Annalisa Ventura
  6. Cindy Echevarria
  7. Debora Guidi
  8. Eleanor Davis
  9. Elenia Beretta
  10. Fanesha Fabre
  11. Jacquelyn B. Moore
  12. Kathrin Honesta
  13. Kelsee Thomas
  14. Kiki Ljung
  15. Laura Perez
  16. Marta Signori
  17. Nicole Miles
  18. Paola Rollo
  19. Salini Perera
  20. Sally Deng
  21. Sally Nixon
  22. Sara Bondi
  23. Sarah Madden
  24. T.S. Abe
  25. Thandiwe Tshabalala

*I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

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A Book List For Bradley and His Kids

So, basically my long term plan has always been to be a librarian. I used to have an active BookTube channel, that I’m hoping to start up again this summer maybe? I started this blog thinking I could post book stuff here as well. (Check out some of my other book lists.) However, life happens and dogs happen and depression happens and things get forgotten. But I’m back and hopefully going to keep this blog going this time.

Anyway, I had a guy I knew back in my middle school and high school days message me for book recommendations! Someone I haven’t spoken to in 15ish years reached out to ME for a list of books to read! This felt amazing and I immediately put together a list of books for him. I decided that I would go ahead and share that list on my blog 🙂

The Book List

For the Kids

So, this guy has kids WHO LOOK EXACTLY LIKE HIM and I thought I would put together a book list that they could read together. 

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15 Books I Want to Read Again

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Does anyone else have this problem where you want to re-read a book, but you feel like you shouldn’t because your TBR (to-be-read) pile is so high and growing every day?  Yeah, me too.    So many books have been floating around in my head saying “read me, read me” but I’ve been doing my best to ignore them.  However, I have recently decided that life is short and I shouldn’t NOT read something again because of a growing list of other books.  Here is a list of 15 Books I Want to Read Again!

 

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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    I read this back when I was in San Antonio.  I remember it being pretty popular because Morgenstern wrote it during NaNoWriMo.  My friend and I read it at the same time and we both fell in love with the circus.  Morgenstern really was able to bring it to life so vividly and I felt like I was actually there!  Honestly, I don’t remember any of the plot or anything else that happened except for the circus…

  2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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    Coraline is my favorite book.  No lie.  I plan on getting two Coraline tattoos one day and I actually have a tattoo artist in mind that would be perfect for what I’m wanting.  I’m going to get the Other Mother’s hand on one thigh and a vintage looking key on the other thigh.  Originally, I was wanting to get them on my feet, but I decided it would be too small and I read it fades quickly there. Back to the book, Coraline was given to me by my Aunt Donna and I actually have a first edition!  I know other friends have read it after they were adults and it didn’t impact them as much.  I guess I just read it at the right time, when I needed it most.  Neil Gaiman is my favorite author, however, I haven’t read everything by him yet.  I’m such a bad fan!  But Coraline is a book that I have already re-read, and re-read often.

  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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    Okay, I’ve read Hitchhiker’s twice, but this is really a book that you need to read multiple times.  There is so much packed into one book and you really need to read it multiple times just to catch all the little details.  This particular book has been swimming in the forefront of my brain for a couple weeks now.  I’m sure I’ll be picking it up again soon.

  4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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    I didn’t realize this was a book for the longest time!  I was about 23 by the time I read it even though I had watched the movie as a kid.  Admittedly, I wasn’t in love with the movie like most others my age.  However, now that I’m older I appreciate it more and it’s something I would like to share with my students if I can manage to find Korean subtitles!  One thing I remember enjoying about this book were the footnotes.  Hopefully, I’ll find time in 2019 to sit and read it!

  5. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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    This is another book that I didn’t realize was a book.  When I was younger I was in love with The Phantom Tollbooth movie.  I would rent it from the library all the time and I’m sure my mom got tired of it after a while.  As I got older there were so many vocabulary words that I already knew because of the movie.  Specifically, I remember being a freshman in high school and one of our vocabulary words was “doldrums” which means “a state or period of inactivity or stagnation” (from dictionary.com).  I was so excited because the doldrums portion of the movie was one of my favorite parts!  I absolutely loved the book as well and really want to read it again to really fall into that world.

  6. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

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    I read this book when I was in elementary school and I remember being in total shock and awe.  I mostly read books like The Magic Attic Club and the books about The American Girl Dolls, so this was new territory for me.  It was something that could happen (though not likely) and it blew my mind.  After this, I started to branch out more and discovered that I really enjoyed thrillers, crime, and science fiction.

  7. The King, the Mice and the Cheese by Nancy Gurney

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    This was my favorite children’s book when I was younger.  My mom read it so much that we had to tape it back together because the cover and other pages were falling out.  I have so many memories of that book and if I ever have kids I’m going to buy that for them.  Actually, I may as well buy it now and read it to my dogs.  They actually love when I read to them 🙂

  8. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

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    Come on, who doesn’t like this book?  I actually had my students read one of his poems, but I don’t think they really appreciated it.  Fortunately, I didn’t really care and just enjoyed it on my own.  This and A Light in the Attic are such good books!  One of the teachers at my school is trying to read children’s books in English to help her study.  Her teacher sent her a list of books to try and read and this was on there!  I highly recommended this to her and I hope she gets the chance to read it.

  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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    I feel like such a bad Potter fan.  My dogs are named Remus and Tonks, and I’m over here forgetting major plot points!  I’ve read the first 3 books multiple times, but I haven’t managed to read any of the thicker ones again.  I really need to get on the ball before I lose my credibility with the fandom.

  10. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

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    I remember this book really well considering it’s been 10 years since I last read it.  I recommended it to many friends and everyone that read it loved it.  Heaven, hell, and all that isn’t something I believe in.  When you die, your body decomposes and that’s all.  Back to being dirt.  But after I read Elsewhere I thought it would be nice if this is how it actually happened.  Speaking of death and things… The Good Place on Netflix is one of the best shows out there.  Also, there is a book called Stiff by Mary Roach talking about cadavers and different things you can do with your body after you die and it’s also amazing!  I’ve got 3 different options for my family members to choose from when I die.  They can pool together and pick one 🙂

  11. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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    After watching the first season on HBO, I read the book.  It was fantastic and I wanted to read the others, but that’s about the time when I kind of stopped reading altogether.  Now, I want to get back into the series, but I need to read the first book again since there is so much I’ve already forgotten.

  12. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

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    Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies of all time.  I’m actually having my students watch it right now and they are thoroughly enjoying it!  I read the book about 2 or 3 years ago and fell in love with this world all over again.  I’m sure it helps that I love dinosaurs in general.

  13. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

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    I’ve read this book twice already and I don’t know why, but I keep wanting to torture myself.  I can’t manage to read past this first book in the series, but I keep reading this one.  It’s like a darker version of A Series of Unfortunate Events and I just can’t take reading how these kids suffer anymore.  However, you can bet your butt I’ll read this book again and again.  There is just something about it that keeps dragging me back.  I haven’t seen any of the movie adaptations and I don’t plan to.  I’ve heard they aren’t good and I can’t imagine any movie being made that will fully capture what the book is able to give readers.  Seriously, one of the best books I’ve ever read even if the content is haunting.

  14. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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    This was one of the books I found after reading The Face on the Milk Carton.  I was again in total shock and I remember telling my mom about this book in detail because I was so fascinated by the idea of living in an experiment, essentially.  My mom told me that if I like this, I would also like The Truman Show.  Also, I’m going to say it like many before me have… M. Night Shyamalan totally ripped off this book when he wrote The Village.  I watched The Village at my grandparent’s house and afterwards went into a lengthy, angry rant about how his movie was a total rip of one of my favorite childhood books!  I’m sure no one in my family cared and just tuned me out, but I couldn’t let the injustice go!  I’m still bitter about it actually.

  15. A BOOK THAT I CAN’T SEEM TO FIND

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    The Book

    There is a book that I read when I was younger.  I rented it from the local library and it was about polio.  The main character was a girl, but she wasn’t the one who got polio.  I think her neighborhood friend got polio and her mom was very adamant about her staying away from him.  That’s about all I remember from the book.

    When I read the back cover I didn’t know what polio was and asked my mom about it.  She took the book from my hand and read the back cover as well and made sure I got it from the kids/YA section before she let me rent it.  After we got home we sat and had a discussion about it and it’s role in America.  I still remember how the book made me feel and I really really want to read it again!

    Two Possibilities

    So far I haven’t been able to find the book, but I have found two books that could be a maybe.  Hero of Lesser Causes by Julie Johnston and Blue by Joyce Moyer Hostetter.  I’m going to read these two, possibly next year and try to see if either of them are the book I’ve been searching for!

 

So many of these books were such an important part of my life growing up and it’s kind of awesome to see them all in a list together!  I am a little nervous about reading some of the books I read when I was in elementary or middle school.  What if I read them again and I realize how silly or stupid they are?  It would break my heart.  However, it’s possible my heart would win out in the end and I would still appreciate the book for what it originally gave me.  Even if I didn’t enjoy it now.

Let me know which books you want to re-read or which ones you already have!

Interested in more? I don’t only write about books! I also blog about my life. Maybe you’ve considered teaching in South Korea. Why not check out my dogs! They are pretty adorable 🙂 Either way, I hope my stories help make your day a bit more stupendous.