The Back-To-School Book Tag

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Fall has begun and those long yellow rockets are moseying down the streets again and toting off tiny humans to fill their brains with a little thing called knowledge that in some cases just seeps out of their ears. Not going to lie, I didn’t pay much attention in school, yet I magically passed with some great grades. I always had my nose in a book, and no, not a textbook. LOL. I must’ve learned something.

So, this is a book tag for back to school. Some subjects you loved and some you dread and possibly some you slept through. Here is a book tag to commemorate those days!

Let’s get started!


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The class that taught you one of the most complicated and ever-changing languages on the planet. I still suck at it-both writing it and speaking it. LOL. But hey, it’s what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and I’m all right with that. It also helped me discover just how much love Shakespeare and Gothic literature and other genres and that I want to write.

What is a favorite classic or book poetry of yours?

Stargazing at Noon
Author: Amanda Torroni
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I haven’t read it yet, but I have such high hopes that it’s the one I’m choosing. I can’t wait to read it.


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Somehow letters and shapes found their way into this subject. This is worse than English in my opinion.

A book with a number or shape (freaking Geometry. Smh.) in the title.

The Darkest Star
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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A star is totally a shape. I’m also super excited for the next book in the series: The Burning Shadow that’s coming out next month.


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I loved all the sciences, especially Astronomy. They were an adventure for my creative brain, something I could really use later on. And, I do to this day when I write, creating worlds or manipulating them into what I see in my imagination. I can take this very real and solid fact and turn it into magic. I love it.

What is a Science Fiction or Dystopian book or series that swept you away?

The Dark Tower series
Author: Stephen King
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Currently in the middle of this one. It’s been pretty wild and having just finished the fourth book and now consider myself hooked on it. It’s pretty dense but that’s the King-man for you. Full of detail, sarcasm, and immense storytelling that will swallow you whole.


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History was majorly touch-and-go for me. Sometimes I was enthralled and sometimes I wanted to sleep, which is why I sat in the back.

What’s a historical book you enjoyed? How about a book that you both loved and hated?

The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
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I went with the historical book. It’s not often that I get swept up in a historical book, but The Last Magician really swept me away and if I can promote it I will. With magic and danger and the cusp of romance and secrecy and betrayal who could ask for more!?

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As a bookworm and a person who just does not athlete well (No, I’m serious. I will more than likely hurt myself than be a valuable teammate), this was not a class for me.

What’s an action-packed book that made you sweat?

Wicked
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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From some kickass moments of kicking fae ass to some seriously steamy moments, I was always out of breath.


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I loved art…though I can’t draw to save my life. I’m a big lover of covers, not because I think they solely decide whether I will read the book or not, but because graphic designers put in as much work into those covers as authors do their books. So, praise to the cover artists!

What is a book with an unbelievably, astounding, gorgeous, can’t look away cover?

Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
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There are so many books with unforgettable covers, but if I have to choose one, I’m going with this one because it really just made me swoon and fall in love. I love books. I love the way this book and every one them in the series captures the traditional, old fashion, and ancient cover of a book well-kept through history. The colors are vibrant and correlate with the story so beautifully. It just truly gives my sense some overload and nostalgia in the way a library does and that’s the point.


 

Never an easy class to sit through and more often than not showed you the most uncomfortable things about life and the many ways you can die. Awesome!

Name a sad book that just made your stomach sink.

Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
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Book two of the Red Queen Quartet. After reading it, I couldn’t start the next book for close to three months I was such a mess. That ending…getting me a teared up just thinking about it.

Bonus one? (Because honestly, who can choose just one all the time?): We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. I still get teary-eyed sometimes when I hear ‘Landslide’ by Stevie Nicks because it reminds me of specific parts of the book.


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These days, colleges love if you can get even just a little bilingual. Most of them want two or more years of study. I took three years of Spanish and then some more during my college years. It was pretty fun.

What’s a diverse or otherworldly book you enjoyed?

Undertow
Author: Micheal Buckley
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Giving those Aquaman vibes, I didn’t expect to get pulled into a world of the sea fighting the land and in Coney Island no less. Now I just need to get the other two books!


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It’s not a club I joined. I was a choir girl for 7 years. My voice is shot now, but I still sing terribly in the car and the shower. The drama club and other arts are such a staple and keep creativity alive and it’s very sad how underestimated and underfunded they are these days.

What’s a romance that pulled you in and wrapped you around its little finger?

Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
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This one of many. I wanted to mix it up a little so that you know I do many  MANY favorites. LOL. This was an intense, contemporary book that didn’t hold back. Left me holding my breath a few times not only because it could get super-steamy but because it could get me shook up pretty hard. Some of the things that happened were c-r-a-z-y! So wild! I would be hopelessly addicted if it were a TV show.


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The class that was meant to help prepare you for life after high school with a variety of things from cooking to sewing to complex paperwork. Personally, I believe it needs to be a full year class, not just a quarter semester. You taught me how to pay a mortgage for a house I’ll probably never own because it’s more expensive than I can earn at the moment and how to pay taxes, which was such a confusing mess. However, I did learn to be braver and risk-taking by taking up my teacher’s dare to eat a vinegar-soaked pig’s foot. And hey, I am a fantastic seamstress and can cook some pretty good brownies. Woohoo?

What book left you with mixed feelings or confusion afterward?

Actually, I just finished one recently.

Night Shift
Author: Charlaine Harris
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I just…struggled. LOL. I had high hopes and they just fizzled and disappeared the way rain does after a downpour in the middle of summer.


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The course that you take with your gym teacher who just reads from the manual which you can do at home. But you get credit, so you might as well if only to make sure that you won’t be that person who doesn’t nearly run over the person on the sidewalk during the driving test.

What book drove you out of your comfort zone?

The Princess Diarist
Author: Carrie Fisher

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Now, I put this up here not because it was because of some theme or dirtiness n the books. It’s because I don’t typically get into memoirs or any non-fiction really. Just not for me usually. But, I am a major fan of the princess. She’s one of my idols. So, I wanted to read about one of the biggest breakout moments of her life: Star Wars.


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Study Hall: It was the one period in the day you could sleep. Of course, I was the person that did all my work because I did not want to lug books home. Just nope. I also got to go to the library which, like any bookworm, is my happy place.

What’s a book you didn’t expect to enjoy but did?

Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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No joke. It was middle school and everybody was carrying it around and talking about it and I didn’t get what was so appealing because I’m a Buffy girl. My vampires didn’t sparkle. They were sarcastic and soulless (except for two) and they got dusted. But, these ones sparkled and a strange introvert fell in love with one and it was rainy and I was like…”Wha?”. I did a thing I don’t do too often. I fell into the trend. Now, I didn’t become as obsessed as many others did, but I did nit-pick because of the mythos of vampires and werewolves. LOL. The story itself was beautiful, and in a way, tragic. I think I’ll reread them at some point.


And a couple of college courses too…

 

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One of the best subjects ever, but that may be because the results can be pretty horrifying and the magic is out of this world. Plus, the way these stories came into being and how they come from a stem of truth is mindblowing. I get super geeky and ecstatic with mythology and I mean all kinds.

A fantasy book that stems from mythology that you couldn’t get enough of.

American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
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This will always be one of those ones that is at the top of my list. Through and through, this book is just laced with the gods and stories we know not to mention the new gods we don’t even think about.


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Not. My. Favorite. Subject. At. All. Complex with so much masculinity. Sheesh. However, putting the Pavlov effect in motion can be hysterical. And, I’m also fascinated with dreams. I guess it’s trying to decipher everything else that’s just not up my alley. That and the idea of analyzing myself is shudder-worthy. I don’t hate the subject, but it’s just not for me. Book, however? YESSSS.

A thriller that had you jumping out of your seat.

Wake
Author: Lisa McMann
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Thriller can be touch and go because it all depends on what keeps you clinging to the edge of your seat. I have a fascination with dreams and in this book, a girl can get sucked into people’s dreams. Something deadly is going on and she must figure it out before people, or possibly herself, end up dead.


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Understanding the history of women and men, and venus and mars, and learning about sexuality can be overwhelming, but so useful in real life. The world is evolving and we as the human race are a major part of it. Learning the history and continuing to live in the history being made today is eye-opening and exciting. No longer should anyone fe afraid to be anything or anyone other than themselves.

An LGBTQ book or one with LGBTQ involvement that you love and/or it inspired you.

All Soul’s Trilogy
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Sexuality isn’t something that is of concern in this trilogy I’ve realized. It’s more important to love and be loved and just be who you are than anything else and those themes are so strong and I’m so in love with this series!


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I was never one to get up on stage in front of a lot of people. I loved EVERYTHING behind it from designing sets to hands-on building them to make-up and costume. Some of these classes I didn’t get the chance to take, but those that I did were so much fun.

What’s a play that you would recommend people to read?

The Cherry Orchard
Author: Anton Chekov
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Okay, so I love A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and definitely recommend it, but to reach outside that one I went with a Russian play. I enjoy Russian Literature so much and this entwined family, romance, desperation, and romance.


 

If you could go to any school, what one would you choose? ANY. SCHOOL.

Me? Not going to lie, I would’ve wanted to go to either Sunnydale High or Beacon Hills High. I live for the “Will I die by some mysterious supernatural cause?” kind of day. Keeps life interesting. LOL. And I probably would’ve gone to UC Sunnydale for further education. That or Whitmore College (The Vampire Diaries).

 

 

For this book tag I’m tagging:

Bibliomedico

A Little Haze Book Blog

What Rebecca’s Read

The Book Raven

A Court of Coffee and Books

 

I haven’t tagged some blogs in a while and miss being in contact with them! So I hope you guys take up the call! It’ll be fuuuun! Just don’t forget to tag me in it because I want to see your results! If you have additional courses to add that’s cool too! And if you weren’t tagged and want to do it then go for it!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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How High…(First Men in the Moon – A Book Review)

First Men in the Moon
Author: H. G. Wells
Published: 1901

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Rated C for crazy ideas that are illogical and come from the minds of two people that are probably really high.

 

Up, Up, And Away!

Mr. Bedford confronts a man about his very strange habits that occurs right outside his apartment and the adventure begins there. Mr. Cavor enlists his help after inventing a that can hold two travelers, food, and whatever other necessities required. Slingshotting to the moon, they underestimate what they discover on their trip and this journey becomes a harrowing adventure of survival.

 

This was a strange, yet comical book. Yes, I know, this is a classic that came before spacewalking. We’ve been to the moon already and sent probes to many other moons and planets, but I still expected something a little more philosophical then two men creating a strange substance that provided an opportunity to go to the moon. Personally, I think that this substance actually got these two men high and they never really went to the moon. They hallucinated it. But, that’s just me. The mention of From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon by Jules Verne was pretty nifty.

Cavor and Bedford came across like excitable children. I couldn’t take them seriously and I felt the same about the story. It was good, but not realistic, not even for the genre.  It took away from it though. The imagery was pretty vivid, albeit a little scatter-brained like the characters. LOL.

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The setting was wild and a bit stretching. From the moon having oxygen to Selenites (moon inhabitants) that are watery squishies, it’s pretty farfetched. And I can’t forget the mooncalves aka moon cows. My favorite thing. Mom and I laughed so hard about them. However, the gravity on the moon was epic. Being able to make leaping bounds? That’d be pretty cool.

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Overall

This book is pretty entertaining, but it wasn’t as good as The Time Machine. I just couldn’t fully get my head around this one because it was incredibly outrageous, in a fun way of course. I found myself laughing so much. It just came off as silly, which isn’t typical of a classic.

 

Quotables:

“I was like a child in wonderland all that night.” (p. 45)

“It was not like the beginning of a journey; it was like the beginning of a dream.” (p.56)

“Over me, about me, closing in on me, embracing me ever nearer, was the Eternal that which was before the beginning and that which triumphs over the end; that enormous void in which all light and life being I but the thin and vanishing splendor of a falling star, the cold, the stillness, the silence—the infinite and final Night of space.” (p. 197)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Fires Everywhere (The Outsiders – A Book Review)

The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
Published: 1997

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A heroic story of friendship and belonging.

Ponyboy has been struggling of late between understanding right and wrong in a society that automatically decides it for him, his brothers, and friends: greasers. His thoughts pull him in one direction and his brothers and friends pull him in other directions. After Johnny saves him from being drowned by a soc, the result something dreadful. Murder. The two go on the lamb. Even doing the wrong thing for the right reason can have consequences, and they’ll stay with you for a very long time.

Ponyboy’s world crumbles around him and this not only affected him but everyone around him, and he soon learns that it doesn’t matter if you’re a greaser or a soc, pain hurts all the same.

 

This is a classic I’ve wanted to read for years. I don’t care that people usually read it back in middle school. For me, The Giver and The Cure were what was read. Classics are ageless and this a classic. It’s a dark and tragic story that proves that it doesn’t matter what social class you are put into, everyone bleeds the same and hurts the same.

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Actually, experiencing life from such an unexpected perspective is incredible and fresh. Greasers, like everyone else at the time, worked hard, fell in love, and felt heartbreak like everyone else, but because of where they live and what they look like they still get hassled horrendously. It made me fill pity, to be honest. Nobody understands what it’s like to struggle at the bottom unless they’ve been there and to have people that don’t understand or care add on to it is heavy. This book really gives readers a chance to experience that some. You fight for all that you have. In this case, it was for family, respect, and dignity.

The family dynamic is heart-wrenching. Sure, the decisions the boys make more often than not made me frown because they were quite the troublemakers but the way they supported each other was the true spirit of family. This book also reiterates that blood isn’t all that makes a family.

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The setting of the book really gives way to a time when society really was a bastard. Today, it’s still pretty bad and disturbing. What is so wrong with the human race that we beat each other because of status?

 

Overall

I’m really glad I read this. It really got me to think. No matter how old you are, a book doesn’t tell you that you can’t read it because you’re too old. They all have interesting lessons, stories, and/or emotions to give you, and for a reason. Now, I can’t wait to watch the movie to this and compare thoughts. This really is a valuable read.

 

Quotables:

“Suddenly, in the red glow and haze, I remembered wondering what it was like in a burning ember, and I thought: Now I know, it’s a red hell. Why aren’t I scared?” (Ponyboy, p. 92)

“I am a greaser. I am a JD and a hood. I blacken the name of our fair city. I beat up people. I rob gas stations. I am a menace to society. Man, do I have fun!” (Sodapop, p. 136)

“We’re greasers, but not hoods, and we don’t belong with this bunch of future convicts.” (Ponyboy, p. 141)

 

More to come soon…

  –K.

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Time is Running Out (The Time Keeper – A Book Review)

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas!🎄🦖 Mine was filled with four tiny humans that know destruction very well, my two nieces and two nephews. Being I don’t get to see them but every few years, it was great to see them. The food was amazing, even though I’m not big on ham. LOL. 

And, if you’re like me, you’re also glad Christmas is over. Haha.  

Love you all, precious bookworms.


The Time Keeper
Author: Mitch Albom
Published: 2012

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24/25

 

Soon Father Time will be free

To return to Earth

And finish what he started.

Inventor of the world’s first clock and then punished seeking to manipulate time. Forced to hear millions over the course of centuries talk about time and how there just isn’t enough. Dor is Father Time.

In order to be freed, he will have to help two people who have misunderstood and lost the meaning of time. One wants to live forever after figuring out that his illness is terminal. The other is ready to give up after being cyber-bullied.

Time is one thing that Dor doesn’t have enough of, but he hopes that he can help them before he himself becomes lost.

 

This book marks 24 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, Mitch Albom is an author that I’ve heard much about, The Five People You Meet in Heaven being one of his most popular books. Hearing so many great things, I finally gave him a shot.

 

This book plucked at my heartstrings with tenderness and meaning. That being said, this book didn’t punch me to any extremes with my emotions. It was sweet and even made my heart ache with some very real issues, but that was about it. I don’t have much to gush about sadly.

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The theme of time was pretty fascinating. Albom approached it from several angles. The most prominent ones were cutting time short and wanting it to last forever. Time is important. It’s not something to be wasted or to be taken for granted. It is also immeasurable and something that should, in a sense, be treasured. When it’s been used, there’s no going back.

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Several characters were sprawled throughout the book. From Sarah and Victor, struggling with their personal issues to Dor, the Father of Time, who’s history explores how he came to be this enigmatic force that reaches out to help two people find realize what they’re giving up. Each of the stories collided, showing that fate works in interesting ways sometimes.

Sarah was way out there, overreaching in many ways that made me cringe. I’ve been lovesick before, but geez, she really made me want to crawl under a rock from how embarrassing she was. But, aren’t we all like that sometimes. Victor was bitter and didn’t cherish what he had enough, and also came across selfish. It was saddening because he had more than what many other do. But to see that these two came to their senses was fulfilling, sure. I kind of figured they would when I started the book. LOL.

 

Overall

This book was nice, like sitting by a warm fire with a cup of tea for a while. It just didn’t grasp my full heart. Reading it once was enough for me. There are certainly plenty of meaningful moments from this that I will take with me as I continue to grow.

 

Quotables:

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping.” (p. 8)

“Mankind is connected in ways it does not understand—even in dream.” (p. 73)

“Ends are for yesterdays, not tomorrows.” (p.195)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Deep and Dark and Filled with Unknown (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – A Book Review)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1870

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Their ship sunk, Professor Aronnax, his servant Conseil, and Canadian harpooner Ned Land are captured by the terrifying yet enigmatic Captain Nemo and held captive on his submarine, the Nautilus. During the harrowing journey across seas and oceans, the professor witnesses and partakes in many dangerous missions. Large creatures never before seen. Shipwrecks with stranded people. Gold littering the sandy shores. Lost cities. Cold icebergs that threaten to crush them. The struggle for survival.

The group must play along with Captain Nemo if they have any hope of getting free of this prison.

 

First things first, I didn’t realize that this story was more scary than it was adventure. This was nothing like Journey to the Center of the Earth. The tone is so much graver in this book, since the character are a part of this journey against their will. Each new adventure that the Nautilus happened upon had a great build-up! Really got that feeling of uneasiness, like the music from JAWS right before the big ass shark bites the ass of a boat. I loved that feeling. It was eye-widening and sometimes

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Following from Aronnax’s POV, each character was very well distinguished. The characters were all cramped together, but had their own independence from each other. Ned Land was going crazy in this submarine and wanted to escape even though that seemed like that opposite of what you think he’d want. Conseil’s greatest pleasure was helping his master, but he had his own opinions and thoughts along with doing his service to Aronnax. Aronnax is utterly mystified and swept up in all of this. He never expected that the creature taking down ships was this submarine.

The antagonist, Captain Nemo, was nothing like I originally thought. He was so intelligent and persuasive. So much so that sometimes I forgot that he was holding this group hostage, though he made them feel like they were a part of his crew. His lack of concern for the dangers

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The scenery was amazeballs. So vivid and beautiful. The imagery is so powerful and moving. Verne has a way with words! It’s menacing, yet not. The ocean is a vast space filled with all kinds of wonders, but Verne doesn’t leave out there are a lot of dangers there as well. The balance is incredible.

 

This book was great. The was so much depth, both dark and bright with life and heavy feelings in regard to this journey. It worked my nerves a little here and there. I’m not going to say it’s my ultimate favorite though. It felt dragged out in some spots. And speaking of spots, if they would’ve gotten stuck in the Bermuda Triangle for a spell that would’ve been interesting, too. Do I recommend giving this a read? YES! Though, if you have a fear of the ocean then this may make a great horror story. LOL.

Read on precious bookworms!

 

Quotables:

“It is the end of the end!” (Ned Land, p. 59)

“A coral tomb makes a quiet grave; and I trust that I and my comrades will find no other.” (Captain Nemo, 85)

“We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.” (Captain Nemo, p. 200)

 

more to come soon…

-K.

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There’s a Hole at the Bottom of a Volcano at the Center of the Earth…You Know the Song (Journey to the Centre of the Earth – A Book Review)

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1864

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6/25

 

What is darkness to you is light to me.

Go on a journey to the center of the earth where the crystals formed are beyond beauty’s imagination and the creatures there were thought to be extinct thousands of years ago. Professor Liedenbroek, his nephew, Axel, and their guide and hunter, Hans journey down a dormant volcano tube and find adventure, danger and wondrous things that you could only believe it you saw it for yourself.

 

This book marks 6 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. I was glad to put this one on the list. I’ve been meaning to read more books that change my point of view.

 

At the beginning of science fiction there was Jules Verne. And this is sheer science fiction, down to the very measurements. Reading this book gave me a look at how the genre truly began. It wasn’t’ about flying spaceships and mega-aliens and mutating.

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It was about true science and the magical places it could take me. And while reading this, I felt like all of this was possible.

The imagery and specifics were on point! There wasn’t an unanswered moment. Every part of this journey was so well-informed. Well-informed is the only word I can think of because this is mostly fact-based. Nothing matters but the intense adventure. It was all incredibly vivid and truly a wonder.

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So many dangers! If it’s not the scary creatures that are pretty cool to see because they don’t exist on the surface, then it’s the possibility of starving to death. There’s no harrowing adventure without the life-threatening parts, right? It makes for a great story.

And this was a great story. I enjoyed it immensely. It’s nothing like the movie. NOTHING. There’s not a single woman on this trip, though Axel tried. And the book really put me on edge here and there.

But both of them are pretty great. I will say this; the writing isn’t your typical. There’s a lot of facts. It’s basically how book the is written and it’s why I struggled a little. I alos looked up a lot of the terms Verne used so that I could better understand the characters. It’s straight up a journey. There’s no romance or drama mixed into it. So, you’ll be there for the adventure and nothing else. And you know what? We all deserve a little adventure.

 

Quotables:

“I spent the whole night in one nightmare; in the heart of a volcano, and from the deepest depths of the earth I saw myself tossed up amongst the interplanetary spaces under the form of an eruptive rock.” (Liedenbroek to Axel, p. 63)

“The farther I go the more confidence I feel…” (Liedenbroek,, p. 74)

“Will there be an end? Is the atmospheric condition, having once reached this density, to become final?” (Axel, p. 142)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Just Think Happy Thoughts (Peter Pan – A Book Review)

Hello my loves! I hope your holidays are going well. Honestly, I’ve underestimated how busy it was going to be. I want to apologize for how spaced out my postings have gotten. I’m still getting it done, but with two jobs, it’s been a little rough. I love you all, I’m still here, just a little delayed. Bear with me.

Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie
Published: 1911

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All children grow up, except one…

It’s a starry night when Peter Pan and Tinker Bell come to the Darling household. Wendy Darling wakes from her slumber to see Peter at the end of her bed, struggling to reattach his shadow. After helping him, he wants whisk her and her brothers, John and Michael, away to Neverland to meet his Lost Boys for adventures and so Wendy can tell great stories. All it takes is a little fairy dust along with happy thoughts and they lift the Darling children off into the sky.

Though, Captain Hook and his pirate crew are awaiting Peter’s return to Neverland so that he can seek his revenge for the hand that was lost to the great Croc.

Pirates, Indians and mermaids galore.  And…never growing up. A place that dwells in our own imaginations, filled with magic and wonder holds as much danger as it does adventure and Peter Pan, the Lost Boys as well as the Darlings kids will have to pull together to make it through.

Peter Pan

This is a book I believe all children should read. Based on the original play and well-known from its Disney movie, it’s filled with magic and the whims of children, and that’s something I enjoyed revisiting. Neverland was the place I always wanted to runaway to. The adventure that Barrie captures is utterly splendid, painted in such vivid color.

I don’t know about any of you who have read the book and/or seen the movie(s), but I’ve always wanted to be a Lost Boy. ALWAYS! To be able to live so wildly without rules (and shoes because shoes are freaking terrible), and to be so free? And to never grow up? Not to mention, battling pirates, swimming with mermaids. It’s a dream. Plus, I would look really adorable in a raccoon suit or maybe a flying squirrel suit.

Tell me, after growing up, if you could, would you go back and be a Lost Boy?

Peter Pan

Moving out of my fantasy, there are significant differences between the films and the novel itself. I know there’s a Disney version, and a live action film (2003), and then there’s Hook with Robin Williams, and the Peter Pan of Once Upon A Time who turned out to be quite the villain. I won’t go too much in to detail. Each did a unique rendition, but stayed true to the nature of what Peter Pan represents. Youth, freedom, and mischief. For those of you who haven’t watched them, I won’t ruin it for you, but definitely give each of them a watch, especially if you’ve read the book. I know my favorite is a toss-up between Hook and the live action Peter Pan(2003). I was boycrazy about him! *facepalms myself* Now days I’m a little crazy about Hook of Once Upon a Time.

Peter Pan

And while this book was intriguing at showing the ways in which children are rebellious rascals who do not want parents, I saw that their craving for a mother and father figure was still present. Peter acted as father while Wendy was mother. Both roles are what the children originally escaped from; it’s why they came to Neverland. They didn’t want to grow up to be like their parents. Yet, they looked for the guidance only parents can give from these two children, though not really since they mostly just sought a person to follow and learn silly stories from.

This tale is so fun and easy to get lost in. It doesn’t matter how old you are when you read this. It’ll still make you feel like a kid. I honestly don’t have a single bone to nitpick at with this book.

What do you think?

As I began writing this review I got to thinking. What would you want to see if you went to Neverland? Mermaids? Pirates? The Redskins? Or maybe the Fairies?

Tell me in the comments! Personally, I’d really like to see the mermaids.

Quotables:

“Second star to the right, and straight on till morning.” (Peter Pan, p. 45)

“It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can remember the way.” (Wendy, p. 201)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Afterlife by Ingrid Michaleson.

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