Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Short Announcement

Hey, everyone! 

Just stopping in to say that beginning tomorrow I will be taking a week break from Blogger, Wordpress and Pinterest to ease back on my internet-browsing time, and maybe spend a little more time reading than as of late. 

So, October 29 through November 5, don't worry, I haven't moved to Mars, I'll be back soon. ( ;

And when the week is over, there might be a post about my thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Extended Edition being rated R. (Not. Very. Impressed.) 

Any ideas on other blog posts you'd like to be seeing over here? 

~Meredith

Friday, October 23, 2015

Why You Should Read: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

All the way up the river she's been holding back somehow, waiting. Now you'll both have to wait. I'm not going to disappoint her, Kit. When I take you on board the Witch, it's going to be for keeps. -Nat, from The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Here's a book I haven't talked about much.

Yes, that's a picture of my blog post on the computer screen. :D 


Firstly, the top reasons it's worth reviewing(we'll skip a synopsis this time, you could look it up on Goodreads if you're interested):

1. It's a YA novel I actually liked(YA is a category sadly neglected in my reading choices).

2. It's informative.

3. It mixes romance, action, and history well.

4. It's not too long nor too short.

Likely my fourth point sounded a little odd. I included that because some books(*coughcoughLesMiserablescoughcough*) drag, and then others are so good, you wish they'd last longer.

Approximate Age Range- Although marked as a Young Adult novel, there's nothing to make it inappropriate for 10 yr. +

Number of Pages- Obviously this depends on the copy, but my medium-font-edition is 249 pg.

Favorite Character- Kit 

Other Good Books By Elizabeth George Speare: The Bronze Bow, Calico Captive

Read it and tell me what you think!

Next Book: The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

Friday, October 16, 2015

A Random Update on My Life

Hullo! How's everyone's Friday going so far?

I'm terrible at writing introductions, so we'll just jump right in. Lately I've been,


~READING~
~Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

So far it's terribly fun. (Okay, not "fun" as in everybody-swimming-in-a-chocolate-sauce-swimming-pool-eating-fruit-loops, fun, but fun since I love the story so much.)

I'm just waiting for everyone to die, though. 

~The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe 

A school assignment, but still enjoyable. 

~WATCHING~

~Doctor Who: Season Two

That's it, really. 

~LISTENING~

~Tangled

I just bought the whole album last night, so there'll be more of that in the future, too. 

"And so I brush and brush and brush and brush my hair, stuck in  the same place I've always been. And I keep wondering and wondering and wondering and wondering when will my life begin!" 

"And at last I see the light, and it's like the fog has lifted!"

~Disney in General

Besides Tangled, I own-

 Me from Beauty and the Beast 
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes(cartoon version) 
Once Upon a Dream(Maleficent version)
He's a Pirate
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes(2015 version)
Who Is She(also from the 2015 Cinderella)



So lots of Disney buzzing on my iPad, all the time. :D


~ENJOYING~

~My Frozen Shirt 

Thrift store shopping, I'm telling you...

~Blogger 

But you already knew that. 

~Fall Break 




How about you? How's school/reading/life in general? 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Why You Should Read: The Twenty One Balloons

Half of this story is true and the other half might very well have happened. -William Pène du Bois

Hello, peeps(there's only so many ways to start a blog post)! School has been weighing down my schedule quite a bit lately(for those of you who've done Challenge I, you'll understand), but I did find a pocket of time to jot down a couple thoughts here before rushing back to work on my debate speech.

My posts lately have been dominated heavily by references to books I love. Like the ones I've re-read and talk constantly about. *looks at Lord of the Rings* But, believe it or not, there are plenty of other thoroughly enjoyable titles which just don't manage to surface here.

So to give my other favorite books some attention, I'm beginning a series of blog posts on good, but generally lesser-known books you don't hear about as often from me. These posts should show up, hmmm, lets say once every few weeks. Maybe more often maybe less often.

I'll also add a random pretty picture or two from the stash on my camera just for fun. :)

Today's pick was- The Twenty One Balloons by William du Bois 

What It's About

Professor Sherman, an honorary member of the Western American Explorers Club, embarked on an indefinite vacation, riding in a basket. Suspended beneath balloons.

Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned. Still drifting above the Pacific Ocean, a seagull entangles himself in the silk balloon and consequently punctures a hole, causing air to begin leaking out. After tossing all his belongings overboard, Professor Sherman plummets into the ocean festering with sharks. *cue Jaws soundtrack* :D



However, the professor just scraped the edge of an island, Krakatoa. Crawling to shore, he immediately dropped into sleep. Upon waking, he finds himself in an undiscovered utopia built around an immense store of diamonds.

But of course, a true utopia isn't possible. And thus the conflict.

Why It's Good

It's entertaining for one thing. What with the elaborate(yet not too excessive) descriptions of the society dwelling on Krakatoa, the beautiful illustrations, and humorous dialogue, I never wanted anything to liven the story up.

But even better, it's packed with meaning. Rather like The Giver, Twenty-One Balloons displays the futility of human inventions, pride, and selfishness.



Approximate Age Range: 8+ (Although I think my mom read it to me when I was a bit younger)

Number of Pages: 180

Favorite Character: Mr. F(All the characters living on Krakatoa are lettered.)

So, to conclude it is written for younger kids, but I believe there's lots it has to offer even to teenagers like me. If you've already read it, drop me a comment so we can talk!

Next Book: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare