Elizabeth Guffin, Copy Editor
“Legendborn” by Tracy Deonn is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s a twist on Arthurian legend and has a lot of plot twists you don’t see coming. It also has a lot of discussions on race, especially in the South. The second book in the series is expected to come out next year.
“Clap When You Land” by Elizabeth Avecedo is a verse novel that talks about the devastation of loss, the difficult of forgiveness, and unlikely bonds that shape lives. There are two main characters who have two entirely different lives in the sense of financial comfort and how they were raised in two different countries but our connected by one important thing.
Caleb Wood, Managing Editor
I’ve finally finished off “They Shoot Horses Don’t They” this week. It’s a quite slim novel, but it still took me weeks. It tells the story of two struggling young actors in the 1930s trying who enter a weeks-long marathon dance contest. It’s really strong and captivating murder story in a classic Hollywood sense. Now, I’ve just got to watch the movie adaptation.
“They Shoot Horses Don’t They” is available in select bookstores and libraries.
Hannah Richey, Editor-in-Chief
I’ve been playing “The Sims 2”. I will not disclose how I obtained it but I was very excited when I did. I love how “The Sims 2” sets up actual lives for the sims before you even start playing. They have memories and relationships already loaded in when you play a family already in the world, which is totally different from “The Sims 4” where they often only know their own household. Overall I just think “The Sims 2” had a lot more creativity put into than later iterations, and particularly “The Sims 4” and that has made it more fun to play.
Shalen Lawson, Reporter
NPR’s “Life Kit” is a great podcast I listen to often. Different journalists cover how-tos for everything from flirting at a bar to interviewing for a job. It’s a lot of practical information with advice from experts in a short and entertaining format. The episodes are usually only about 20 minutes long
Emma Owen, Reporter
I’m always a fan of “Crime Junkie”. It’s my go to every Monday morning while I get ready for work. I’ve also been listening to Plastic Hearts on repeat pretty much nonstop for the past three weeks.
Madison Prim, Reporter
“Fear Street:1994” I just finished the movie trilogy on Netflix and it’s a perfect mixture of thrill, horror, and romance.
Caleb Wood, Managing Editor
I’ve been watching the latest season of “Black Monday” on Showtime. It’s about a group of 1980s daytraders (Regina Hall, Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells) who are really awful people trying to anything to make a buck. It’s a comedy (the creator also made “Happy Endings”), but it struggles to be funny by relying to strongly on ’80s references.