Don’t you just love Fridays?

I know I do, because Friday mornings mean it’s book club day! The one I attend is full of really great people, and I’m really going to miss them when I graduate…

But all is not lost! One of our members tracked each member of the club down and made them answer the Sacred Questions. Using these, she created the Book Club Avengers, a group I am proud to call myself a member of. This morning, she showed us the bios for each hero, and laughs ensued all around. I’m definetly going to miss these people, but I’m happy knowing that I’ll always be a part of our own Avengers.

Some of my favorite people

Hey readers! Read any good books lately? Of course you have.

I was supposed to make this post about a person, so I’m writing about the librarians here. They were the first people to help me get used to the new school when I moved here, and have continued to be a couple of my favorite staff members, and I’m going to miss them terribly when I graduate.

Alright, I know it’s short, but I’ve written this post about five times, and I am NOT writing it again. Happy reading!

It’s That Time of Year Again!

That’s right, it’s time for Spring Break! And for me, that means kicking back in California with a good book. With my trusty Kindle, I’ll be reading the book Every Day, by David Levithan. From what I’ve heard, it’s the story of a spirit simply called A. A inhabits a different body every day, for a single day. It has full control of its host for the day, but usually tries not to mess with the life of that person too much. That is, until it falls in love…. I will leave that for when I return!

 

Happy reading!

A childhood favorite

Hey readers! This week I reread my childhood favorite, Ruby Holler. The story centers around two twins, Florida and Dallas, who live in an orphanage run by a terrible and corrupt couple, with no kids. The children are allowed to do virtually nothing, and the twins are the only two brave, crazy, or just wild enough to have broken every rule many times. It is probably this wildness that deters potential parents, until this older couple comes along. At first, they are just looking for a couple of kids to to go on vacation with them and keep them company, as one is going boating and the other hiking. They take Florida and Dallas home, to this quaint old cottage in a clearing in the middle of the woods, with only one dusty road leading to town. The clearing was called, you guessed it, Ruby Holler, and the twins thrived there. For the first time in there lives, they were allowed to play in the mud and pick flowers and run around. They were fed good food for once, and the couple taught them to whittle, and even gave them their own knives.

Florida and Dallas were slow to trust them, though. They knew the couple wasn’t planning to actually adopt them, and they did everything they could to remain distant. But as time went on, neither could deny that they wanted to stay there at Ruby Holler. And the couple grew attached to the twins as well. As soon as they learned how terrible the orphanage was, they adopted the kids on the spot, and they lived happily ever after.

This is still one of my favorite stories because it’s just one of those heartwarming, restored-faith-in-humanity books where the good guys win and the kids get a good home. I still read it whenever I’ve just had enough of the corruption and evil in the real world. It’s a great book for kids, if you can find it anymore, it’s an old book, but one well worth it. It was written by Sharon Creech, who is also the author of Bloomability, The Wanderer, Walk Two Moons, Chasing Redbird, and many, many others. You can find all of her works at http://www.sharoncreech.com.

Happy reading!

Revisiting an old friend

Hey there readers! Ever had that one special book that you just adore no matter how many times you read it? The one story you’ve read so many times you could repeat it, perfectly, line for line? We all do.

I’m revisiting my old friend, The Wizard of Earthsea. This fantasy tale, masterfully written by Ursula K. Leguin, is a coming-of-age story filled with magic, friends and enemies, masters and apprentices, right and wrong, life and death. It tells the story of the beginnings of one of the greatest Archmages the world has seen.

His given name was Dunny, and he was about to embark on the greatest journey in the history of Earthsea.

Finally Done!

A simple white gold ring, similar to the one depicted in Donaldson’s stories.

Hey there! I know it’s been a while, more than a month I think. I finished my book, The White Gold Wielder, and it was amazing. Truly a gripping book from start to finish, it really ties the whole series together. I heard rumors of a third Chronicle coming, so keep your eyes peeled!

In the meantime, Take the time to enjoy the rest of Covenant’s  journey, from Kevin’s Watch to Revelstone to Mount Doom to Andelain. There are six books total (three in each series), and though each can stand alone, the experience is far better reading them as a whole. Covenant’s is a fascinating adventure, filled with doubt, love, hate, and faith. He must overcome his inner struggle and disbelief in order to awaken his true potential as the Land’s savior.

It’s an amazing read, despite – or perhaps because of – Donaldson’s somewhat jumbled and intimately detailed style of writing. He leaves little room for doubt about the Land, what it looks like, how it feels, how its flora smell and taste, the majesty of its fauna, and the strictness of its Laws. Few readers are spared Covenant’s inner pain and turmoil as he travels, making for an exhilarating ride.

The White Gold Wielder

Howdy, readers!

How goes it? Hope you all are enjoying yourselves, and your stories. I know I am.

I am currently in the middle of Stephen R. Donaldson’s novel, The White Gold Wielder, which I mentioned last time. This book is truly gripping, drawing one into the story, even if the previous books haven’t been read. That is where Donaldson’s talent lies, in his detailed descriptions of every landscape, character, and challenge.

So far, Covenant and his friends have crossed a perilous ocean, monster-infested ice fields, mountains, and open plains, all under constant threat of Riders and the Sunbane (you’ll have to read it yourself to completely understand this powerful corruption of nature).

However, the plot isn’t the most interesting thing about the book. The most interesting fact, to me at least, about the series is that even from the very beginning of the very first book – Lord Foul’s Bane – is that the protagonist is utterly detestable. He is surly, bitter, paranoid about everything, and refuses to accept the few good happenings that he comes across.

True, the guy doesn’t exactly have a dream life. He is a leper, his wife, whom he loved dearly, had divorced him because of it, and taken their child with her, and to top it all off, he is mysteriously transported to the mystical Land; there, he is revered as an incarnation of the Land’s savior because of his ring. It is a simple band of white gold, a treasure foreign to the Land and it’s people, existing only in its legends. He denies the Land’s existence, thinking that he was in a coma, or hallucinating.

Thomas Covenant is incredibly unlikable, and yet he grows on you in a how-is-he-going-to-fix-this-screw-up kind of way.

A word of warning: these books were written with an exclusively adult audience in mind. They would not make good Christmas presents for your 14-year-old, unless they are very mature. I would say no one younger than 16 should read them, unless it is known that they can be mature and handle the graphic qualities of the Chronicles. It makes a great gift for young adults, and adults for that matter. I would recommend gifting them as a series, but each novel can stand on its own as a story.

Goodness gracious, it looks like I started rambling. I won’t bore you any longer, but if you’re curious or interested, here is Mr. Donaldson’s website: http://www.stephenrdonaldson.com/ (sorry, you’ll have to copy and paste the link as I do not know how to hyperlink anything at the moment.)

~Happy reading!

Happy Thanksgiving! (Late, I know…)

Hey there readers! Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of you Muricans out there. Hope your holiday was well spent with friends and family. Mine was.

I’ve been chugging away at a book in one of my favorite series, Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. This particular book is the last in the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, titled The White Gold Wielder. It’s my choice for my senior research paper, and it’s been a tough read, mainly because I have yet to read the previous books in the series. I got it mixed up with the first book of the First Chronicles… Oh well. It’s still a really good book so far, highly recommended. I’ll have another update about it next week.

~Happy reading!

Why do we read?

We read because it gives us an escape from reality, from the day-to-day toils and struggles. We can lose ourselves in the worlds that the authors have to tenderly created for us. When we read, we can be a valiant hero, a wise king, or mischievous maiden. We read to experience adventure, other worlds, glimpse creatures and people and places that could never be. We read to experience magic.

We read to learn. There are countless topics in the world we live, and new ones are being discovered everyday. We read to learn about the world beyond our front door, beyond our state, our country, our planet. We read to learn of the smallest atoms, to learn of the largest stars; we read to expand our horizons.

Why do we read? We read because it is an adventure.

 

~Happy reading!

Divergent (Veronica Roth)

Cover art for Divergent. This image can be found at http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/p/books.html.

Hey there readers! This week’s book was Divergent by Veronica Roth. This thrilling story features a    young girl longing for an escape from

her faction, for the freedom of another. The day after she chooses her new home, she must compete with other, stronger, smarter children her own age in order to become a member. This, the first book in the Divergent series, takes us through her journeys through the trials, and beyond… And the terrible secrets she discovers on the way.

I found this to be a fascinating story. Divergent is a real page-turner, it was really hard to put down, even to eat. I definitely recommend this book. It would make a great Christmas present if you know any post-apocalypse buffs.

~Happy reading!

P.S. Sorry about the slow start! I’m still getting everything set up, and I’ve been super busy. I’m working on fixing that.