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Join me at the Brook where I will review and discuss novels from all over the library, topics from all over the globe, and rants from all over my brain. Grab a raft and hang on for the ride!

The Brook Reading Podcast Brook Reading

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 33 Ratings

Join me at the Brook where I will review and discuss novels from all over the library, topics from all over the globe, and rants from all over my brain. Grab a raft and hang on for the ride!

    1984 - Part Two

    1984 - Part Two

    Tonight, I am reintroducing a very special episode. The first novel that I covered on Brook Reading over four years ago was George Orwell’s politically dystopian classic, 1984. In the spirit of my recent episodes featuring banned books and discussing censorship, I am closing out with a two-parter revisiting Orwell’s masterpiece. In classic Brook Reading fashion, I discuss several movie adaptations, include multiple 5 minute rants within the book discussion, and even return to my original intro and outro songs! While I LOVE the remixes done by Sean and Vic, I thought it’d be fun to take this episode old school. Thank you to Ali for your email regarding the connection between David Bowie and 1984, and please visit the website this week for some extra 1984 fun! The promo tonight is for Livestream for the Cure, and you can also find all the information about that upcoming event at https://allmylinks.com/livestreamforthecure Happy Reading!

    • 32 min
    1984 - Part One

    1984 - Part One

    Tonight, I am reintroducing a very special episode. The first novel that I covered on Brook Reading over four years ago was George Orwell’s politically dystopian classic, 1984. In the spirit of my recent episodes featuring banned books and discussing censorship, I am closing out with a two-parter revisiting Orwell’s masterpiece. In classic Brook Reading fashion, I discuss several movie adaptations, include multiple 5 minute rants within the book discussion, and even return to my original intro and outro songs! While I LOVE the remixes done by Sean and Vic, I thought it’d be fun to take this episode old school. Thank you to Ali for your email regarding the connection between David Bowie and 1984, and please visit the website this week for some extra 1984 fun! The promo tonight is for Livestream for the Cure, and you can also find all the information about that upcoming event at https://allmylinks.com/livestreamforthecure Happy Reading!

    • 35 min
    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    This week’s episode of Brook Reading reviews a novel that I have been waiting to do since I started the podcast. I am reviewing “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, which is not only such a well-written novel, one of the best, in my opinion, but also a novel that has introduced society to so many concepts. Bradbury’s classic novel takes the idea of censorship and flips it on its head, creating a universe where not only book burning is normal, but expected, and reading, intellect, debate, and independent thinking are against the law. A small, hidden population, however, still fights for the right to think freely, and will sacrifice anything, even their lives, to do so.

    The promo tonight is for Livestream for the Cure, and you can also find all the information about that upcoming event at https://allmylinks.com/livestreamforthecure Happy Reading!

    Intro Music: Sean Faust
    Outro Music: Victoria Timpanaro

    • 41 min
    Fake Butts and Censorship: Kendra Crump - Part Three

    Fake Butts and Censorship: Kendra Crump - Part Three

    This week, I am joined by my hysterically funny pal, comedian and podcaster Kendra Crump! Our conversations are always so fun, usually raunchy, and this one is no exception! Ken ALSO finally reveals to me that she is now a PUBLISHED AUTHOR! I can’t wait to have her on the show again and talk about her book.

    We also touch upon some serious content, and I implore you to not only listen, but to have these conversations as well. We have such an open and intelligent conversation on censorship, race, language, education, the Joe Rogan/COVID controversy, and it felt so good to be able to do so. We need to continue the conversation, be open-minded, and share our differences in a safe space. Thank you, as always, Ken, for joining me, and please go find her on Instagram @thekyndracrump show and check out her podcast on Anchor. Also, please go follow the Party Time Excellent Podcast on Instagram as well, and give them a listen!

    The promo tonight is for Livestream for the Cure, and you can also find all the information about that upcoming event at https://allmylinks.com/livestreamforthecure Happy Reading!

    Link for "Diamond in the Rough" by Kendra Crump
    https://amzn.to/3KqKMiw

    Intro Music: Sean Faust
    Outro Music: Victoria Timpanaro

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Banned Books Week - A Look Back

    Banned Books Week - A Look Back

    This week’s episode is a look back on Banned Books Week, created by the American Library Association. As this episode was originally recorded in September of 2020, some of the references may be outdated, but the phenomenon of Banned Books Week still exists, and is incredibly necessary still today. The promo for Livestream for the Cure, however, IS current, and you can find all the information about that upcoming event at https://allmylinks.com/livestreamforthecure

    Happy Reading!

    Promo: Livestream for the Cure

    Intro Music: Sean Faust
    Outro Music: Victoria Timpanaro

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Encyclopedia Brooktanica - Vol. VI

    Encyclopedia Brooktanica - Vol. VI

    This week, I bring you another Encyclopedic episode - Volume 6! This focus is on William Wordsworth, Anne Lamott, the history of “People” magazine, and one of the most important poets and authors of our time, Maya Angelou. Happy Poetry Month, and of course, Happy Reading!

    Promo: Livestream for the Cure

    Intro Music: Sean Faust
    Outro Music: Victoria Timpanaro

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Nick Haskins ,

Melissa ROCKS!

Melissa is one of my favorite people I've ever met in podcasting space. She's so nice and really well-versed and really well-read. It's great to listen to her nerd out about literature, and equally amazing to hear her break down some of my favorites. Keep up the wonderful work.

LadyHope78 ,

It’s like chillin’ with your BFF

If your an avid reader , you’ll love this podcast . If you don’t read a lot , Melissa will get you excited and you’ll pick those books up ASAP! Entertaining and informative ,The Brook Reading Podcast is a welcome addition to your queue. Check it out !👍🏼💜📚🗣

And her guests aren’t half bad either 😏

JoKohn ,

Can We Be Friends?!

I had fun listening to your episode today. I had you in my ears while I was gardening and it was really nice hearing you spend solid time lifting your friends up and discussing their projects. 👍 I’m all about that! Your insight into movies and books you’re interested in is very genuine and I really fell into that “we’d totally be friends in real life” feeling. Great podcast!! Keep up the good work!