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Brett Reads

Brett Reads

By Brett Chalupa
Book reviews and author deep dives. Everything from classic lit to sci-fi to graphic novels.
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Why I Don’t Set Reading Goals for Myself
My thoughts on the idea of reading a specific number of books per year and why I no longer do so.
August 17, 2021
Eight Bookish Questions - Introducing Brett Reads
In which I answer eight questions about why I've started this podcast and why I love reading. Chapters:  00:00 - Intro 00:18 - Why did you start this channel? 01:05 - What are some fun and unique things you can bring to BookTube? 03:38 - What are you most excited about for this channel? 04:09 - Why do you love reading? 06:24 - What book or series got you into reading? 07:15 - What question would you ask your favorite BookTubers? 08:25 - What challenges do you think starting a booktube channel will be hardest to overcome? 09:38 - What kind of books do you like to read?
August 12, 2021
Crooked House by Agatha Christie Review
My thoughts on Agatha Christie's shocking murder mystery novel Crooked House.
August 10, 2021
Virtual Light by William Gibson Review
An in-depth review of William Gibson's 1993 cyberpunk techno-thriller novel Virtual Light.
August 5, 2021
In Progress: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
I've been reading through A Storm of Swords for over a month now, and I thought it'd be fun to share my thoughts on it so far. I give an overview of my history with the series and my thoughts on the first half of the book. Overall, I'm really enjoying it. It's a bit of a slow burn since I know where the plot's heading, but I appreciate how the book goes into much more detail than the show. Onward to finishing it!
August 3, 2021
Dai Dark Vol 1 & 2 Review
I check out the first two volumes of Q Hayashida's latest manga series Dai Dark. It's a darkly funny romp through space with an eccentric band of characters. I enjoyed the first two volumes, and I'm curious to see if the story picks up and goes places. While I wait for the next volume, I'm going to check out Hayashida's previous series Dorohedoro!
July 29, 2021
Intro to Haruki Murakami
I shine a spotlight on one of my favorite authors—the author who got me into reading—Haruki Murakami. Known for his surreal tales of loneliness and longing, Murakami's novels connected with me in my early twenties and showed me that yes, I am a reader. I unabashedly love his works. I share how I discovered Murakami, a bit about the man himself, and where to start if you're interested.  Chapters: 00:00 - Intro 02:50 - Discovering Murakami 10:00 - About Murakami 14:15 - The Runner 16:30 - The Range of Murakami 21:31 - My Favorites 22:37 - Where to Start 29:26 - Closing Thoughts My plan is to (re)read through all Murakami's work and make dedicated episodes for each one. I'm really looking forward to it! Watch the video version of this episode.
July 28, 2021