#ClassicLiterature

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Today’s discussion is about classic literature.  Why I think reading it is important, and why it is important in general.

I’m going so start with why classic literature is important in general.  Think of your favorite high fantasy novels, then think about the first high fantasy books you ever read.  For me, the first high fantasy novels I ever read were The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Both authors, in my opinion, are the original creators of high fantasy, and the three works that I listed are works of classic literature.  Think about other genres too, like contemporary, dystopian  Think about other works of classic literature by the likes of Jane Austen, Homer, Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, Laura Ingles Wilder, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Without all of these authors and their literature, I don’t think that literature would be what it is today.  In other words, and people may not agree with me on this, classic literature is the foundation of all literature.

Why I think reading classic literature is important:
As I previously stated, classic literature is the foundation of all literature.  Everything about classic literature is different.  Reading classic literature you can expand your vocabulary, even reading translations of Greek and Latin literature.  The majority of words in the English language have Greek and Latin roots.  Classic literature is meant to be challenging, as opposed to more modern literature which is a lot easier to read and understand.  The language in classic literature is much more difficult, take Beowulf for example, it’s not easy to read, it really makes you think about the words that you are reading, it is the same thing with Shakespeare, and Homer!  Classic literature also makes you think in a way that I feel modern  And lastly you can learn about history and culture in a different context other than a boring textbook!

Is one of your 2017 goals to read more classics? Do you read them, why or why not?

#ReReading

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Today’s discussion is all about re-reading books and why I think it is important to re-read books.  Personally, I love to re-read books and I can manage to find a balance between re-reading older books and reading more recent titles.  There are a lot of positive things about reading books again.  When you read a book for the first time, you have certain thoughts and feelings or your thoughts and feelings about the book might not be clear.  For example, I already read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, however, my thoughts and feelings weren’t very clear when I first read it.  When I read it again, this coming month (December) I am hoping my thoughts and feelings about the script will be more concise.  Over time it is possible that feelings about a certain book will change, therefore it is good to re-read the book to see whether or not your feelings have truly changed.  Another advantage to re-reading books is that you pick up on things that you may have missed the first time, and if there were things that you didn’t quite understand the first time, you may gain a better understanding of the things that you didn’t understand.  There are quite a few books that I read this year that I had read at some point during my school career and wanted to re-read them for one reason or another.  What do you think about re-reading books? Do you make time to do so? Why or why not?  For me, I think it’s important to find a balance between re-reading books that you really loved and reading the more recent trendy titles.

#MagiciansNephewReview

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I found this review when I was going through my old school stuff. I wrote it on October 23, 1998, I was in fourth grade.

The Magician’s Nephew is a story about two children, Polly and Digory who go on an adventure. The start out at Polly’s house, in a corridor that connects to Digory’s house. They ended up in Digory’s Uncle Andrew’s study, where they weren’t supposed to be. When they got there they found a bright red wooden tray with lots of rings on it. There were pairs of yellow and rings together, the size of regular rings, but they were very bright. There were a lot of other things in the room. In the middle of the room was a great big chair. They didn’t even know that Uncle Andrew was sitting in the chair until he turned around and faced them. He was very happy to see them because he wanted to try his experiment. He first tried the experiment with a guinea-pig, but he had no way of knowing if it had worked. Uncle Andrew asked Polly to pick up a yellow ring when she did, she vanished out of that world. Digory got very nervous, so Uncle Andrew let him go look for Polly. He had to bring one yellow ring to get there, and two green rings to bring them both home.
Digory entered the new world by coming out of a pool of water. When he got out, he wasn’t even wet. All around him, there were trees and dozens of other pools. He met up with a girl he thought he had met before. They went exploring the new world together. Every time they went on a new adventure they had to jump into a different pool. Each place they went they met someone new. First of all, they met a terrible Queen named Jadis, who wanted to go back home with them, but she caused trouble. Next, they met up with a Cabby from London and his horse named Strawberry. The Queen was still with them and started a horrible fight with the Cabby. She ripped a lamp-post right out of the ground and started hitting people all around with it. Digory and Polly put on their yellow rings as Digory grabbed the Queen’s ankle and they all vanished out of London. They even had Uncle Andrew, the Cabby and the horse with them. In this new land, Jadis was very weak, like she had lost her magic powers. The land was very bare, but far away in the distance, they began hearing a soft singing voice. It made everyone feel peaceful, except for Jadis. They discovered that the voice was coming from a lion. His hame was Aslan. The lion was just walking around and singing. Every time he opened his mouth to sing, the world filled with beautiful grass and trees and flowers. They were all so excited about this that they didn’t even think to be afraid of the lion. The Queen was so angry about the beauty that she hit the lion on the head with the lamp-post. He acted like he didn’t even feel it and he started walking towards her, then she disappeared into thin air. Everyone was so happy that she was gone.
The lion kept on singing and things kept appearing, animals, plants, more trees, even a new lamp-post. This was Narnia, the most beautiful, peaceful land they had ever seen. The lions singing was like magic. Everyone loved it here, but they knew they couldn’t stay here forever. Digory had to get home to try to cure his mother of her disease. He brought her an apple from a magical tree, and when she ate it, she was cured in less than a day.
Digory and Polly had a wonderful adventure in the land of Narnia and all the other worlds, but they were happy to be back home once again.
The End.
I think this book was very exciting because Polly and Digory went on so many different adventures. They got to travel to lots of different places and see so many magical things. They were such good friends because they did everything and went everywhere together. They got along so well together. Digory got scared when he thought that Polly had disappeared forever, but when he used Uncle Andrew’s magic rings and found her, he was very happy.

I think this book was a little hard sometimes, but I would recommend it for anyone to read.

#StoryTime

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This past weekend I looked through all my old school stuff, not knowing what I would find.  I found this story I wrote when I was eight. I was in my second year of second grade. As you can see this is not a well written or even good story. I do think it has potential. I do want to continue with it, but don’t have any ideas as to how I can continue it. I know I need to give the other characters names, and a lot of things need to be better developed. This may turn into a series called story time Monday, where every Monday I post the changes that I have made, and all additions that I have been added.

Once upon a time there was a haunted house and 10 doors and 10 steps in the first door there was a werewolf. In the second door, there was a mummy. In the third door, Dracula popped out. In the fourth door, bats flew out. In the fifth door, there were ghosts that popped out and said “BOO.” In the sixth door, there was an alien with six eyes. In the seventh door, there was a goblin. In the eighth door, there was a witch and she popped out. In the ninth door, there was a skeleton. In the tenth door, a friendly zombie popped out.

#September16WrapUp

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For the month of September, I read five books. The books that I read were all middle grade, however, one of them is a classic. I’m very satisfied with the amount of books I read.

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty 📖📖📖📖📖-I really enjoyed this book, and I especially loved Serafina as a character. Serafina pretty much kept to herself for the majority of the book, yet she still found a way to immerse herself in the culture of the Biltmore Estate. My favorite things about this book have to be the relationship that Serafina has with her father and the friendship with Braedan. This book was fast-paced, fun to read and mysterious.

Pinnacchia by Joy Findlay 📖📖📖-Synopsis from Goodreads:
“There once was a time called The Great Separation, an era where the extremely rich ruled the world from large mechanical floating cities, scattered across the sky and those who were poor lived ‘grounded’ on earth. The ‘grounded’ worked and strived for recognition through steam engineering, electrical inventions and the making of fantastical gadgets so they could be invited into cloud cities societies and join those who lived ‘cloud-side’.

It was during this era that the Earth’s most famous mechanical engineer and inventor designed and built the worlds first cloud city, Skylands. Once it was built, Lord Peto, through tragic loss decided to live ‘grounded’ in a small rustic community below this great city. His was a story of lost love and found faith and a vow to stay grounded for as long as he lived. But this is not his story. This story is of a young mechanical boy Lord Peto created, lost, then found again.”

This book is 48 pages, however, there is a lot packed into it. While I did enjoy this book, I felt that it was rushed. I also felt that some aspects were too similar to the story of Pinocchio. This is the first steampunk book that I read, and I am definitely intrigued to read more steampunk.

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers 📖📖📖-I have always loved the movie, however, I like the book more. The book is more magical and enchanting, and Mary Poppins is more strict in the book. I felt that the chapters were more like short stories and didn’t flow well from one to the other. I would have loved if the chapters were more connected. Overall this was still fun to read.

Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty 📖📖📖📖-While I enjoyed this book, there was one thing that I feel this book lacked. This book didn’t have as much magic in it as the first one, however, it did have as much mystery as the first one. I love the growth and development of both Serafina and Braeden and I love how much their friendship has grown too. I also feel that Serafina has more freedom to roam around the estate. The most important aspect, in my opinion, is how Serafina found the balance between her life at Biltmore and her life in the forest.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 📖📖📖📖-This book had some creepy aspects to it, and I really enjoyed them. This book was definitely intriguing and fun to read. Jacob, the main character, at times, came across as a whiny brat, and I found that to be annoying. I did love how Jacob wanted to learn more about his grandfather. The photos were really interesting, and I felt that they added to the peculiarity of the book. I’m definitely excited to read the rest of the series.

#BannedBooks

In honor of banned books week, I decided that I would compile a list of banned books that I have read.  I’m sure that there are more banned books that I have read, however finding a list of every book that has been banned or challenged isn’t the easiest thing to do.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Candide by Voltaire

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

#FallTBR and Update

#FallTBR and Update

This fall I’m participating in a reading challenge.  It’s a stress-free reading challenge, and it’s a challenge created for the Stress-Free Reading Challenges Goodreads group.  I set my goal for this challenge at 15 books.  Two of the books, marked with asterisks are for review.  This TBR is only for the challenge and not all the books that I am going to read this fall.

Here are the 15 books:

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- I am currently reading this.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

*The Rise of Athens by Anthony Everett

*The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

The Haters by Jesse Andrews

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Update

Recently I’ve been kind of slacking on some things.  I’ve been slacking on both blogs, I’ve just felt uninspired and unmotivated.  I’m also thinking of changing up the format of this blog somehow.  Does anyone have ideas on how I can switch things up with my blog?

#August16WrapUp

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I had a tough reading month in August.  I fell into a reading slump, which would explain why I only read four books this month.  I feel like I fell into a slump after reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell- 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖 This is the first book I have ever read by Rainbow Rowell. I thought it was short and sweet, and I really enjoyed it.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne- I need to re-read this book in one sitting to be able to fully rate it and write a review.  I did enjoy it, but there were some issues that I had with it.  I feel that reading it again will allow me to fully process what I enjoyed and what I had issues with.

For Crown and Kingdom by Grace Draven and Jeffe Kennedy- 📖 📖 📖 I received this in one of the Armchair BEA giveaways.

I haven’t read anything by Jeffe Kennedy before reading her novella The Crown of the Queen. However after reading the novella I’m intrigued to read The Twelve Kingdoms, and then possibly re-read the The Crown of the Queen.  I have also never read anything by Grace Draven before.  After reading Draven’s novella The Undying King I wanted more.  I rated this three stars because I found some things confusing in Kennedy’s novella The Crown of the Queen.  I’m thinking after I read The Twelve Kingdoms I may not be as confused.  I did enjoy both novellas, and the writing.

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis- 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖I received this for from NetGalley.

I really enjoyed this book, I’ve been on somewhat of a historical fiction kick lately.  This book is set in New York in 1952 at the Barbizon Hotel for Women and New York in 2016, in which the Barbizon has been transformed into a condominium complex.  The chapters alternate between 1952 and present day 2016.  Normally, I’m not a fan of books formatted like this because the alternating chapters don’t blend well at all.  This book was different, the alternating chapters blended together seamlessly.  The focus of the plot in 1952 focuses on Darby McLaughlin as she goes to  secretarial school, she also befriends the hotel maid Esme.  2016 centers around Rose Lewin, a journalist who wants to know the details of something that happened at the hotel years ago.  This was an excellent debut novel for Fiona Davis, and I can’t wait to read more from her.

#July16WrapUp

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Well, this is late, but better late than never.  I felt like July was a really good reading month for me, as I read eight books.  Here is what I read in July.

Scouts Honor by Dori Anne Dupré– 📖 📖 📖*I received this for review from the author.

I loved the story of Scout and how beautifully written this book is. The only downside for me is that it was told from too many different perspectives, however, all those perspectives played an important part of the story. Another downside for me was that the story jumped from one time to another too quickly for me. There were also things that made me wonder what Scout was thinking when doing some of the things that she did.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse– 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖 I read this in elementary school when I was younger.  I loved it then and love it now.  What sets this book apart is that it is written in free verse diary entries.  The way that it is written makes it a quick read.  The content is dark, deep and a times depressing.

Finding Paris by Joy Preble– 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖 I loved this book, the story really kept me hooked.  And holy crap I did not see the plot twist at the end coming, I was really caught off guard a little bit by the twist.  I loved the development of the relationship between Max and Leo and how it took the whole book to fully develop.

***There is a trigger warning for rape.

Red Queen by Christina Henry– 📖 📖 📖 📖

*I received an eArc for review from Penguin First To Read

This is definitely not for children, it is deep and dark. I really enjoyed this twisted take on Alice In Wonderland, what I loved about it is how deep and dark it is. I’ve never read anything like this before! There were some things that were confusing, but that is only because I didn’t read the first book in the series. However as the book progressed I was able to get the main idea of what was happening. I loved the little plot twists as well. I was very intrigued by this book.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson– 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖

I did not expect to like this book, but I loved it.  It was out of my comfort zone, I’ve read contemporaries before, but not really much contemporary romance.  At first I found Andie annoying, and the book slow.  However as the book progressed, it became more fast past and I found Andie to be more likable.  I loved how the romance wasn’t insta-love, loved how Andie and her father were able to build a stronger father/daughter relationship, and how the events that occurred strengthened the relationships/friendships of all the characters.  I also loved how there were stories within the story.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll-📖 📖 📖 📖 📖

I first read this a really long time ago.  I forgot how much fun this book is to read.  It’s full of riddles, which at times can be confusing.  However, that is what makes it fun to read.  The characters are all colorful and unique.  Sometimes I forget Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a children’s book.  Lewis Carroll’s writing is beautiful, complex and magical.  While I was reading, I was able to put myself in Wonderland.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab-📖 📖 📖

At first I found this book a little confusing and hard to follow, but everything ended up making sense as the book progressed.  The plot twist was one that I didn’t see coming.  I found Mackenzie’s mother annoyingly overbearing and too nice sometimes.  I did love how creative the writing was, but I felt that some of the characters were boring at times.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman-📖 📖

I loved the unique and different format of this book.  However, I found myself bored and really struggling to get through it.

#Friday56 8

Friday 56

The Friday 56 was created by Freda from Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Today, on the first day of the seventh month, I bring you a quote from the seventh and final Harry Potter book.  It is, in my humble opinion, ironic that it worked out this way.  Without further ado:

“The owl screeched and fell to the floor of the cage.”- Page 56 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows