As we get deeper into the challenge, we are finding out that some earlier books may have fit into these later categories a little better. That is one issue with the way we are approaching it by going straight down the list. This one was up to my mom and as her usual she chose a good one.
A book with pictures: Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Brandon Stanton moved to New York with a project in mind. He would take 1000 pictures of the people in the city documenting each neighborhood and those that lived there. This turned into a social media storm with his popular Facebook page that he turned into this book.
The book is filled with pictures of people he met on the streets of New York City with small blurbs about each one. They encompass the homeless, the heartbroken, the dreamers, the business men and women, the rich. It is a telling picture book of real life.
I had already been a follower of HONY on Facebook although I had turned off notifications over a year ago due to them clogging my newsfeed. This book is mostly pictures and small blurbs whereas his Facebook page and his second book dive deeper into the lives of each person he photographs and interviews.
One picture really stood out to me. It is of a late middle aged homeless man, a close up of his face as he peers into the camera. The caption is along the lines of (sorry, I don’t have it memorized) I may be homeless and an alcoholic, but I have a dream. I want to go fishing.
I’m not sure why that struck me so hard, but I found myself lingering over the caption and the picture. Maybe it is because the dream is so simple for most but out of reach for this man. Maybe it is because the dream to go fishing is so small compared to his greater needs of shelter, clothes and food and yet it is what he clings to. Maybe it is because it makes you realize that everyone has a story, everyone has a dream, everyone is a person.
The book takes about 10 minutes to go through and is 10 minutes worth spending.
6 thoughts on “2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge Book #30”
I haven’t actively searched for it yet, but you’re the first one to post about the Popsugar Reading Challenge that I’ve come across! Yay!
I’ve also joined in on the fun this year and it actually might be time to post an update on it, haha. I think I’ve covered over 75% of the prompts by now.
I remember using the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for this prompt, though! It’s a re-read, when it comes to the actual story, but I hadn’t read the illustrated version up until that point and it added so much more to the story.
Looking back I could’ve also used Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs for this prompt, but oh well.
Good luck completing the challenge! 😀
That’s a good pick for this too. I’ve actually never read the Potter books. Just started the movies because my son was interested. I may go back and read them but YA fiction is not my genre of choice. Thanks for reading!!!! You are well ahead of me on the challenge.
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Hm, I’d recommend Harry Potter to everyone and everything, but in the end it’s all about your own taste in books, after all. I do like the books a lot more than the movies.
Haha, I’ve been reading like a crazy person since starting my blog so it isn’t that hard for me to tick off all prompts.
I love their Facebook page.
I always wonder how he gets the stories out of people. They are always thought provoking
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I would never be so brave to approach a stranger like that.