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Books I Read In British Lit – Part I

I was inspired by the mini review posts Remnants of Wit recently did on the books she read in literature class, so I thought I’d do a quick overview of the books I read this past year.

This past school year I’ve read a lot of books written by British authors from various historic and literary eras. I definitely didn’t enjoy all of them–some I outright detested–but I was, and still am, fascinated by how our idea of “good writing” has changed so much over time.

I read from the Anglo-Saxon era to the Modernist period so I’ll go in chronological order. Continue reading “Books I Read In British Lit – Part I”

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Knights In Training

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Knights In Training by Heather Haupt

I know it might seem odd for me to be reading a book about raising boys when I don’t have any children, but bear with me here.

After I began homeschooling, I became interested in learning about different education philosophies. This started me down a path of learning more about children and raising children in general.

To my understanding children are the foundation of society. Every parent, grandparent, aunt, and uncle wants to create a better future for their successors. Since children are the foundation of society, raising them is all about family dynamic and societal beliefs. So really when I read about different education theories or child rearing philosophies, I’m educating myself about society as a whole. Continue reading “Knights In Training”

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Ivanhoe: Dinner and Death

 

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In Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott takes one of my favorite time periods of English history, the twelfth century, and writes an action packed story around a cast of both real and fictional characters. It is by far one of the most entertaining and pleasantly surprising books I’ve had to read for literature class, and I just wanted to share one of my favorite passages from the story which for me really sums up vibe permeating throughout the novel. Continue reading “Ivanhoe: Dinner and Death”

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Ophelia

How much I love retellings of classic tales must be evident by now. Every time I find new retellings of my favorite stories, I can’t help myself. I get so excited!

I guess, what appeals to me most about retellings is that every author highlights a different perspective of the story and I end up with a more complete picture of my favorite characters’ worlds.

Not to say that the original authors didn’t create vibrant enough worlds. On the contrary, I love their worlds so much that I want to spend even more time in them. I want see what goes on in that world through another lens. Continue reading “Ophelia”

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Monks, Sainted Dogs, and a Boatload of Talmuds

I love middle grade books for several reasons. First of all they always feature fascinating
adventure stories. Second, middle grade authors don’t feel the need to “spice up” their writing with annoying romance side-plots.

So yeah, that was half praise half rant, but you get what I mean. Continue reading “Monks, Sainted Dogs, and a Boatload of Talmuds”

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In Defense of Heartless

So I just got around to reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer. TEN months after it was published. I know, scandalous right?

Anyway, this is not a review. Many people dislike Heartless for what I believe are unfounded reasons. In this post I aim to address these charges and vindicate Heartless. Continue reading “In Defense of Heartless”

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Ink and Bone – Review

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Written by Rachel Caine

We all know why I started this blog. Books. (And I was bored, but that’s besides the point.) So when an author writes a book about an evil library and an underground book world, I am so going to read it. I wasn’t disappointed.

Ink and Bone follows the journey of Jess Brightwell and his fellow competitors as they battle for spots to work for the all powerful Library. Jess grew up in a book smuggling family and his father thinks it would be useful to have someone on the inside of the organization which Continue reading “Ink and Bone – Review”

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Heart of Darkness – An Analysis

A month or two ago I read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and let me tell you; IT IS HORRIFYING.

It is not horrifying in the sense that there’s a bunch of murder (although there is), or because there are some gruesome details (although there are). Heart of Darkness is utterly terrifying because it is based on historical truth. What happens in Heart of Darkness only illustrates what REAL MEN did in the REAL WORLD. Continue reading “Heart of Darkness – An Analysis”

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Murdurous Plants

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Written by Sarah Jio

I recently read The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio and as I was reading, I couldn’t help but be astonished by the amount of damage a flower could inflict on a family.  Continue reading “Murdurous Plants”

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Star-Crossed Thieves and a Curse of Love

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Written by Rachel Caine

A little while ago I read both Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and a retelling of the story by Rachel Caine, The Prince of Shadows. After the experience I had reading Hamlet (I LOVED it!), I was shocked by my dislike for Romeo and Juliet. Continue reading “Star-Crossed Thieves and a Curse of Love”