In an effort to read more and spend less time on social media, I’ll be reading a book I’ve had my eye on since high school: 1984.
I hear nothing but good things about it, so I’m excited to sit down and dedicate some time to it everyday. I enjoyed book reports so much in school because I loved reading. I don’t know what happened as I got older, but I want to rekindle that love for books I had back then. I want to start now before my baby is born so I can show them my favorite books and get them excited about reading.
Hope you enjoy this new kind of blog post! Feel free to do your own book report on your favorite book, or help your kids — if that applies to you — do one of their own.
Questions to consider before reading:
What is the book about?
It is 40 years after the second world war. The story takes place in an imagined future where much of the world has fallen victim to perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, historical negationism (or denialism), and propaganda.
What genre does this book fit into?
Dystopian social science fiction.
In what time and place is the book set?
1984, in Great Britain, known as Airstrip One in the novel.
Who is the intended audience of the book?
Young adults and older.
Is the book appropriate for that audience?
Yes; the reading material is graphic in some parts, so any age group can get disturbed.
Should this book come with any content warnings?
Yes. The book contains complicated social themes, violence, and sex.
Additional questions to promote discussion (optional):
1) What was happening in the world in the late 40s when the book was written?
2) Why did Orwell write this, do you think?
3) What do you think the story is going to be like, based on what you already know?
My goal is to read 10 pages a day. If I want to read more, then I will. I’ll see you all soon!
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