The Amazingly Talented Todrick Hall


Writer, actor, singer, dancer and the list goes on, this is Todrick Hall aka Toddy Rockstar! 

I’ll let some of his work speak for itself, I’ll do a more profile-esq post at a later date.

It was hard to decide which videos to use to showcase this young man’s talent, so I decided to go with a series he produced with MyIsh. It’s an interesting concept, and though I do not personally like some of the casting choices and characters I have the utmost respect for Todrick!

Check out Episodes 1 to 5 of Pop Star High


Follow Todrick on Twitter: – @toddyrockstar | Tell him that @ThatBookLife sent you =D

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Spotlight on Bookophilia with Marketing Manager, Roshane Miller

Bookophilia is Jamaica’s premier independent book store with a wide array of books from most genres. It is located at 92 Hope Road, Kingston 6 (in the Liguanea area). The Marketing Manager, Roshane O. Miller, talks about the store and its offerings with the team from the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).

Spotlight is a weekly magazine programme produced by the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) that seeks to expose current affairs, arts, entertainment, culture and unusual, iconic or relatable facts about a different town/city/community/attraction.


John & Hank Green teach courses on YouTube

Yes, John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars et al and his brother, Hank, have a YouTube channel where they teach courses!  In truth they have more than one, but in this post we focus on CrashCourse.

Crash Course is six awesome courses in one awesome channel: John Green teaches you US History and Hank Green teaches you Chemistry. Check out the playlists for past courses in World History, Biology, Literature, and Ecology.

A quick view of their offerings. Click the image to go to the YouTube page.



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APRIL 23, 2014

How it works


Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.

Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography.


Why is World Book Night important?


Why does World Book Night exist? Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.

Or more simply put, books are fun—and they can be life-changing.

With the passionate volunteer support of thousands of people across the country, World Book Night U.S. is spreading the love of reading, person to person.

  • “Your organization I’m sure has helped so many people. Some people cannot afford books & your organization offers the less fortunate a better opportunity. I thank you for what you offer so many people. Knowledge & adventure.” —Malika
  • “Best moment: hearing these young guys walk away with their copy saying, ‘we can have our own book club.” —Linda
  • “My readers are reading their book and saying how much they are enjoying it.  I have 19 women and 1 man, aged from 75 to 16.  Black, white and Hispanic and they are all reading!” —Jane
  • “Thanks for sharing the book. I began reading the first chapter and was excited to be reading again.  My life is so busy with work and other community commitments that I forgot about the joy of taking time to read.” —Wanda
  • “What a great project to encourage and reward both reading AND volunteering in such a creative way.” —Mary Jane
  • “After April 23, we went back to the community center where we gave out Zeitoun and had some potluck dinner and great conversations with the recipients. Thank you, World Book Night!” —Suzie
  • “Gave a book to a woman this morning, who took it with tears in her eyes.  She told me that she rarely gets to the library and cannot afford to buy new books on her own.  She graciously took the book, opened it up, smelled the pages, said ‘God bless you, my child,’ and walked away clutching her new found treasure.  Makes me tear up too, thinking about what a difference we are making today!” —Adrian
  • “Tonight I had a high school boy say, ‘I’m new to the whole reading for fun thing,’ and then show me the books he got for #wbnamerica.” —Lauren
  • “I gave The Kite Runner to a veteran who had been stationed in Afghanistan.  He was very excited to read the book and ‘learn something about the place and gain some understanding.’ So rewarding. Thank you to the organizers, authors and publishers!” —Jennifer
  • “I’d like to let you know that just this night I received a packet of thank-you letters hand-written by most of the recipients of my 20 copies of The Hunger Games. These letters come from inmates at a local correctional facility, to whom I donated copies of my WBN book. … My favorite part of any letter was probably: ‘I think the idea for World Book Night is [a] beneficial concept to help people because for myself, I don’t like reading. By you giving us this book, it was the first book that I ever read. I liked the book, and now I’m reading book two Catching Fire.’ (This man stated to my friend, who works at the facility, that this was the first full-length book he had ever read to completion in his life.)” —Heather

Check out this testimonial: -


WBN Experience: Barnes & Noble Rocks!

Wouldn’t it be great if we did this in Jamaica! What are your thoughts?

This information was pulled from the World Book Night US website. Check them out for more info. 

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BEA 13: Rick Riordan Children’s Book & Author Breakfast Presentation

Hey again, welcome back! So, if you’ve been following the blog you’d know that I’ve been talking about BEA. I’ve decided share some videos from last year’s convention. Hopefully, they’ll give some insight into what it’s all about and what it can be like. We start with a session with Rick Riordan. Check it out and leave a comment.

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