Category Archives: books

Why I Read #2

I read because. .  .

Reading Connects Me With Other Readers

I think all book fangirls have experienced it. The awkward/boring conversation that sky rockets with energy once a good book is brought up. How can books do that? Well, here’s my best attempt at explaining it(and excuse the clichè allegory):

Imagine you’ve been on a long journey. During that journey, you’ve watched people grow up, marry, or die. You’ve hurt yourself laughing; you’ve met new friends; you’ve discovered new places. Although it’s not quite the same, that’s how readers feel after finishing a food book.

Now imagine you’ve found another person who went on that journey. That person has experienced all the same things you did. That’s how I feel when I find someone who’s enjoyed the same books as I have.


“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .'” -C. S. Lewis

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Monica and I are working on a goal of reading/watching all of the Disney princess movies. Our first movie was Cinderella. Monica’s next pick was Snow White.

The Book(called Snowdrop)

My Review– It’s difficult to review Grimm’s fairy tales as they’re completely different in writing style and genre from my usual reading selections. Snowdrop is no exception. The characters were weak(besides, perhaps the queen), the writing quality hard to critique since it’s translated from German, and the setting vague. But, as a fun, simple fairy tale, I found it entertaining.

Rating: 3 stars

Favorite Character: The Wicked Queen

Monica’s Review(in interview form): 

Q. Did you like the book? A. No

Q. Why not? A. It was kind of kiddish.

Q. Is there anything you did like? A. Snow White was my favorite character.

Q. Which was your favorite part? A. Probably when the first dwarf said, “Who stole my bed?”

Q. Would you recommend this book? A. I would, to some of my friends who like fairy tales.

Rating: 2 stars

Favorite Character: Snow White

The Movie

My Thoughts:

Favorite Character: The Queen

Rating: 2.5 stars

Favorite Scene: “High, ho! High, ho! . . .”(whatever that scene is called)

Monica’s Thoughts:

Favorite Character: Grumpy

Favorite Scene: The scene in which the dwarves wash off Grumpy.

Rating: 4 stars


And, some lines we enjoyed:

“High, ho! High, ho! It’s home from work we go!” -The Dwarves

“Mark my words, there’s trouble a’brewing!” -Grumpy

“He says it’s a monster, sleeping in our beds!” -Dock

Snow White: “I said, ‘How do you do?'”   Grumpy: “How do you do what?”

Thanks for reading! What do you think of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves?

~Why I Read Reason #1~

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’ve been gone fishin’ and a little busy with life in general lately, so I let my new blog idea go for a bit. But, I’m back now and ready with–

#1- Books Are Deeper Than Movies

There are those occasional exceptions, but you’d be surprised how often this principle is really true.

I don’t just mean movies which don’t always follow the book. I mean (almost)any film adaption of any book, regardless of how faithful or unfaithful.

This may just be me, but I feel that movies are much more entertainment-centered, whereas books focus less on keeping you on the edge of your seat and more on telling a thought-provoking story which will linger after you’ve closed the book and picked up another.

Why do you think books are better? Or would you like to argue that movies beat books? I’m interested in what other readers have to say. 🙂


“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”–Groucho Marx

A Couple Blog Tags

My blogging friend Olivia(whose blog, by the way, is really good!) has nominated me for a few tags, so thank you, Olivia!! First, the–

Rules
1.  Thank and link to the blogger/s who nominated you
2.  Answer the 11 questions
3.  Nominate/tag 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions
Okay, here are the 11 questions and their 11 answers:

Do you have a hero(someone who has inspired you)?

The reformers(Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, etc.) and protestants who risked their lives to glorify God have always stood out to me.

Books touch us all: which book or story has touched you in particular?

Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia(surprise, surprise!). But one I don’t talk about as much which has particularly touched me– The Hiding Place. Everyone should read this book.

What was one of the most ridiculous things you have done in front of a stranger?

Who knows. . . 🙂

Do you have any pastimes or hobbies?

Well besides the obvious reading and writing, I enjoy cross-stitching, music(the playing and listening of) and blogging.

What is a book or movie that you fangirl over excessively?

Pride and Prejudice. I talk about that book too often. : D

What are some of your life’s goals/dreams (say as little or as much as you like…)?

I’d looooove to publish a book someday– that and read Les Miserables which counts as a life goal, because it will probably take a long time. (:

What is something you wished you were better at?

Self-motivation. And science. Science is not my favorite subject.

What character from a book or movie do you love?

Besides the characters I listed in my top ten list, I really like Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables.

What character from a book or movie do you hate?

I honestly can’t help feeling bad for him in some parts, but Uncle Andrew from The Magician’s Nephew is pretty nasty.

Have you ever cried when reading a book?

I realize this may make me look like a cold, heartless bookworm, but the honest answer is no.

Where would your dream vacation be?

Like Olivia wrote, Prince Edward Island or maybe I’d go for New Zealand.

My questions(which I’m trying to keep all book-oriented)–

1. Which was one of the first chapter books you remember reading?

2. Is there a book you’ve read which everybody else seemed to like but you didn’t?

3. Which is the longest book you’ve read?

4. Do you have a favorite quote from a book?

5. Would you rather read a book or write a blog post?

6. How many books(if any?) have you read that are worse than the movie?

7. Which book character do you relate to the best?

8. Do you watch movies based on books you haven’t read yet or do you not really care?

9. Which is the most boring book you’ve ever read(not including textbooks)?

10. Can you read and eat at the same time?

11. Which is your favorite place to read?


And moving on to the 2nd blog tag. . .

Do you have a favorite mug or teacup?
Unless thermos bottles count as mugs, not really.
Are you an adventurous eater?  (Do you try “strange” foods?)
Yes! Sushi is one of my favorites.
What fandoms are you into?
Lots– but I’ll try to keep it to the ones that are actual fandoms and don’t just consist of me.
Lord of the Rings. Chronicles of Narnia. Captain America. Les Mis(though I haven’t seen the movie or read the book, I love some of the songs). Beauty and the Beast.
What famous author/book do you not really care for?
Most of the popular books nowadays I don’t really care for, but particularly Divergent which you can see from one of my earlier posts.  (:
Which obscure author/book are you crazy about?
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. It’s kind of meant for younger kids, but I loved it.
What’s the oldest movie you’ve ever watched?
I honestly don’t know.
What did you have for breakfast today?
Bagels with butter and honey. Yummm.
When did you first see your favorite movie?
I think my favorite movie is Return of the King, which I believe I saw with my Dad a few months after turning 12.
Do you prefer fantasy or sci-fi?
Fantasy!! Though there’s a lot of fantasy out there I don’t care for.
What did you expect your blog to be like when you started it?
I’m not sure exactly. . . I’ve deleted most of my older posts, but originally it was more for posting updates on my life and family.
Has it changed?  If so, how?
Now I use it more for book/movies/writing stuff, which I honestly find more interesting, anyway.

And, as far as nominating goes, I’m nominating anyone who wants to do it. 😀 Thanks for reading!


“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony Snicket, from Horseradish

“Bianca” a Comic Tragedy

I joined a Louisa May Alcott challenge at the beginning of June, and, as my siblings can probably testify, have had my nose stuck in one of her books for much time during the following weeks. I finished my list Thursday with a short play written by Meg and Jo March(the oldest Mach sisters from her book, Little Women).

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge ... JUNE 2015

Louisa May Alcott being a young playwright herself(just for some small plays she performed with her family), I’ve developed a theory that these were perhaps penned by her before the concept of Little Women, had been birthed. But that’s just a hypothesis. : ) This book landed in my list for its brevity and my interest in the plays Jo/Meg wrote. I found it in a collection called Comic Tragedies: Written by Jo and Meg and Acted by the Little Women.

It’s difficult to review this story since

1). It’s written by fictional beginner authors and not intended for public performances.

2). It’s quite short.

The story line runs something like this– Bianca feels conflicted by her two lovers and greatly prefers one over the other. Through a series of mistakes, her true lover dies and leaves the others to perish of(more or less) broken hearts.

You could call it weird and overly-sentimental, but, to me, it read like something that had flowed right out of Jo’s pen.

But, all the same, I really did enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Little Women and would like to take a closer look at the March sisters’ lives. 🙂

Rating: 4 stars

My Recent Life in Gerunds

Some things I’ve been doing lately:

Reading

I usually read three or books at once, an audio book, a book of choice, and a book for school.

~The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer

~On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

~ Billy Budd by Herman Melville and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

And poetry by A. A. Milne. Love his poetry. 🙂
Watching

~BBC– I began a film version of Hard Times, but it wasn’t very good, so I’m going to try Pride and Prejudice.

Listening(to)

~ Les Miserables 

Pride and Prejudice The music for the newer movie is SO good! I’m quite proud of nearly mastering Mrs. Darcy on the piano.

Pirates of the Carribbean Curry Bean  My little sister is in a local kids’ production of a spin off on Pirates of the Carribbean and the music is still similar to the movies. Imagine my immense delight. : D

Writing 

~ Blog Posts  As you can see.

~ A 30-Day Middle Earth Challenge I found at another blog. Quite fun.

Well, that just about sums it up! What’s been going on in your life?

The Problem with “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

Note: While I will not be writing on Divergent‘s content issues, they do exist, and it is more for these that I wouldn’t recommend the book than the issues I bring up here.

Dystopia- “an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.” — New Oxford American Dictionary

And, I also found “totalitarian”, since it was a new word to me:

“of or relating to a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state.”

1984. Fahrenheit 451. The Giver. Hunger GamesThe Maze Runner. Divergent. These titles all share a common genre– dystopia. Dystopia is intended to make a political statement, point out where are government is heading, and hint what we should do about it. At least, originally. This is where Divergent fails as a dystopia. Veronica Roth uses the dystopian community Tris and her friends find themselves in as a convenient setting, not to teach anything in and of itself. I did appreciate the reoccurring self-sacrificial themes. The author explored certain topics and made a point in her writing, but left the focus pointing at fears and Tris’s love for Four more than anything else.

The Giver, written by Lois Lowry in 1993, and my favorite dystopia novel, sits on the spectrum’s opposite end. Lois Lowry delves deeply into memories and emotions, while perhaps forgetting to develop elements we’d find in her other novels. All the same, after finishing both, Lois Lowry has taught me far more than Divergent ever will. 


What are your thoughts? Have you read The Giver and did you like it?