N.E.W.T.s Readathon TBR (a bit late)

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In July I did my own round of the Harry Potter themed O.W.L.s readathon that G from Book Roast hosted back in April. You can check out my TBR for that here. I am glad to report that after two attempts I was finally able to complete my O.W.L.s, so I can now move onto the N.E.W.T.s. I will be discussing all the books I completed for the O.W.L.s readathon during my seasonal wrap-up at the end of September.

ABOUT
The magical readathon is a Harry Potter themed event that was created by G over at Book Roast. This event has taken the book world by storm as it is based on the exams the students take at Hogwarts in order to gain a career. It is split into two parts–the O.W.L.s and the N.E.W.T.s. The first portion takes place during the entire month of April while the latter occurs in August. The general concept is that the participants are taking each exam for the entire length of each month. The O.W.L.s determine which subjects you can sit for during the N.E.W.T.s. You can only sit for the subjects you completed during the month of April.

This year, G has created an entire catalog of careers to choose from, each with their own challenges and requirements.

If any part of that was confusing, I will link G’s announcement video here.

CAREER CHOICE
I don’t think it should come as any surprise that I chose the career path of an Herbologist which is the wizarding equivalent of a botanist. For the O.W.L.s there were only three subjects/challenges which meant I only had to read three books. For the N.E.W.T.s however, there are three subjects and six challenges overall making this round a bit more difficult. The general rule of thumb to follow is that you don’t actually pass a subject until you complete all of it’s required challenges.


HERBOLOGIST SUBJECTS & CHALLENGES
I passed all three subjects during my O.W.L.s, so the challenges I will attempt to complete for those are as follows:

1. Herbology
    Acceptable: Mandrake! Quick, put your headphones on! Listen to an audio book. (If not,      green cover)
    Exceeded Expectations: Read a book between 350-390 pages. 
    Outstanding: Read a book with a flower on the cover.
2. Potions
    Acceptable: Polyjuice potion: read your friend’s favorite book.
    Exceeded Expectations: House ingredient: book with with a cover in your Hogwarts          house color. 
3. Care of Magical Creatures
    Acceptable: Follow the spiders! Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies! Book title that        starts with the letter A, for Aragog.

For a complete list of all the subjects and challenges you can check out the document that Book Roast put together here.

Phew! I think that’s everything! Let’s get started!


N.E.W.T.s READATHON 2019 BOOKS

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1. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
by: J.M. Barrie
Subject: Herbology
Challenge: Mandrake! Quick, put your headphones on! Listen to an audio book. (If not, green cover)
Grade: Acceptable

I’m one of those people who doesn’t really listen to audio books. I’ve tried a few times before, but I found it extremely difficult to sit and listen to someone talk. I just can’t focus on what is being said. So with that in mind, I decided to go with the second part of this challenge which is to read a green book. That being: Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

Considering we are already five days into the readathon, it should come as no surprise that I already started this book. Going into it, I thought this was a prequel to Peter Pan. After about 30 pages however, I discovered this is an entity entirely of its own.

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens features the same male character from J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. He has the ability to never grow up and interacts with fairies, but aside from that, everything else about the plot is different. I want to save all of the details for my seasonal wrap up post though, so I won’t say anything else.

Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
2. Farmer Boy
by: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Subject: Herbology
Challenge: Read a book between 350-390 pages.
Grade: Exceeded Expectations

Farmer Boy is one of the few books I own that’s between 350-390 pages. Considering I have over 200 books in my small apartment this is quite shocking.

This is the second book in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although, for some unknown reason goodreads says it is the third book. While book one followed Laura’s family in Wisconsin, this sequel follows her future husband Almanzo Wilder on his family’s New York farm. The narrative is basically about how Almanzo tries to prove to his father that he is responsible enough to have his very own horse. I am unsure if we see any of Laura’s character in Farmer Boy, but my guess is telling me no.

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3. Seed Leaf Flower Fruit
by: Maryjo Koch
Subject: Herbology
Challenge: Read a book with a flower on the cover.
Grade: Outstanding

Since I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to gardening books, this challenge was a lot easier. This is a work of nonfiction with some fantastical elements mixed throughout. The book itself is split into four parts: seeds, leaves, flowers, and fruits. Each section has information dedicated to the said chapter title. In addition to the text, Seed Leaf Flower Fruit has tons of beautiful full-color illustrations, making it quick to get through and therefore, perfect for a readathon.

The Little Prince
4. The Little Prince
by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Subject: Potions
Challenge: Polyjuice potion: read your friend’s favorite book.
Grade: Acceptable

The Little Prince is a classic and one of my favorite books. With that said this will obviously be a reread for me. This is also a favorite of my friends on bookstagram, which makes this the perfect read for this challenge. I think we all know what The Little Prince is about by now, but for those of you who don’t, I’ll give a brief synopsis.

The narrative follows a pilot who gets stranded in the Sahara desert and along the way encounters a little prince. The prince tells the pilot all about his travels across the galaxy.  As he explains his visits to each planet, there is a moral to be learned.

I love The Little Prince, because although the symbolism is hidden within the text, it is still easy to pick up and understand. I can’t wait to reread it for my N.E.W.T.s.

The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels
5. The Road to Oz
by: L. Frank Baum
Subject: Potions
Challenge: House ingredient: book with with a cover in your Hogwarts house color. 
Grade: Exceeded Expectations

The Road to Oz is the fifth book in the Wizard of Oz series. I am going to be reading this title from the above yellow Barnes and Noble collectible edition. Since I am a Hufflepuff this works out great.

I just read the fourth volume last month for my O.W.L.s but sadly didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous books in the series. Considering this is a sequel, I won’t go into the synopsis for the sake of not spoiling anyone.

Anne's House of Dreams  (Anne of Green Gables #5)
6. Anne’s House of Dreams
by: L.M. Montgomery
Subject: Care of Magical Creatures
Challenge: Follow the spiders! Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies! Book title that starts with the letter A, for Aragog.
Grade: Acceptable

Anne’s House of Dreams is the fifth book in the Anne of Green Gables series. In it, we follow Anne in her new life as a wife and follow along as she makes memories in her new home which she refers to as her “house of dreams”.

As with Peter Pan in Kensignton Gardens, I’ve already started reading this. I’m only on page 80 and I just know that this will most likely be my favorite book in the series.


I hope you enjoyed reading my N.E.W.T.s TBR!

Until next time,
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Children’s Literature: Books with Orphans

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This is the third post in my children’s literature series. You can find a list of all the previous discussions here. In case you missed my most recent post, here is a recap of what you can expect in this succession:

THE CHILDREN’S LITERATURE SERIES
Each post will focus on a different topic in the world of children’s lit. In terms of age groups, I will only go up to middle grade, even though the young adult genre is technically considered to be children’s literature too. You can expect to see posts where I will give my recommendations on different subcategories of children’s lit. These will include, but won’t be limited to, stories that feature animals, adventure books, pictures books, fairy tales and so on. There will also be discussions where I will focus on one specific author.

For today’s discussion, we are going to explore a topic that will hit pretty close to home for anyone who has ever lost a parent(s)–that being: books with orphans.

While I may not have been considered an orphan growing up, I did however lose my father at a pretty young age. I may never know what it’s like to go into the world not knowing where you came from and not having an adult to guide and protect you, but I do know what it’s like to feel as if a part of you is suddenly missing. We are our parents legacies, and when they go out of the world, a part of them is left behind in us, their children. This is a very important and relevant topic in today’s society, especially.

Some of the books I am going to recommend I have read and some I have not. Either way, I think these are all great options for tales about orphans.

Let’s get started!


THE BOOKS

A Little Princess
1. A Little Princess

by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess is a rag from riches tale about a child who gets dropped off at an all girl boarding school by her father. When her father suddenly passes while away, Sara becomes orphaned. The head of the boarding school decides Sara can stay but only if she lives in the attic and works as a servant.

The way Sara deals with all of the misfortunes that are thrown her way is truly something worth admiring. Even though she is broke, parentless, and alone, she somehow manages to stay positive in the face of adversity.

A Little Princess is a great story for teaching children to look on the bright side of things when it feels like they have lost their entire world.

Mandy
2. Mandy

by: Julie Andrews Edwards

Mandy is a beautiful story that follows an orphan who one day wanders off and finds an abandoned cottage which she decides to tend to and make her own. Aside from this being a tale that follows a girl who tidy’s up and tends to a garden, Mandy is also a touching story about family and what it means to find a place to call home.

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
3. Anne of Green Gables

by: L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables is a true classic, and if you haven’t read it yet, I don’t know what you are doing. The story follows orphan, Anne Shirley who learns that the elderly brother and sister who adopted her, didn’t in fact want a girl, but rather a boy. From that point on, Anne attempts to win them over.

As with Sara Crewe in A Little Princess, Anne Shirley always manages to find the positive in every situation, both good or bad. For a child who has experienced loss a bit too early on in life, that is something worth learning about.

Eight Cousins
4. Eight Cousins

by: Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins follows Rose Campbell, who after the death of her father, goes to live with her six aunts and eight cousins at “The Aunt Hill”.

Unlike most books that feature orphans who have no living relatives, Rose’s character in Eight Cousins seems to have everyone but her parents left. In fact, Rose’s chosen guardian turns out to be her fun and zestful uncle. Although she starts off depressed and sickly, with the help of her uncle, Rose soon becomes both happy and healthy.

The Secret Garden
5. The Secret Garden

by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden follows recently orphaned Mary Lennox who starts off as a bitter child. After the death of her parents she is sent to live on the English Moors with her uncle, Archibald Craven. It is at this location where Mary discovers a secret garden and decides to tend to it, helping the garden grow, and herself along with it.

Like Eight Cousins, this is a story where the orphan has living relatives as opposed to being left to fend for them self. Unlike Rose’s uncle though, Mary’s is never really in the picture and pretty much wants nothing to do with her for a decent amount of the book. Either way, The Secret Garden is a true classic and I cannot recommend it enough.

Ballet Shoes
6. Ballet Shoes

by: Noel Streatfeild

In Ballet Shoes we follow three orphans  who have all been raised in a single family as sisters. When their new family starts to struggle financially, the girls each try to find a way to earn their keep. After joining the Children’s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training each sibling works hard to follow her dream.

Ballet Shoes is one of the two titles on this list that I have yet to read. From what I gather though, this is a book where the focus is more on three girls finding their talents as opposed to dealing with not having parents. The fact that they are orphans seems to be more of the backdrop than anything else.

Heidi
7. Heidi

by: Johanna Spyri

Heidi is basically the Swiss version of The Secret Garden, as it features an orphan who is in some way effected by being outdoors.

In The Secret Garden, Mary Lennox starts out as a sour little thing, but once she is brought to a healthy, outdoor environment she grows to be a kind and endearing soul. With Heidi the situation is put in reverse. Although both Mary and Heidi are orphans, Heidi begins with a positive outlook on life. She is eventually taken from her grandfather’s home in the Alps and into the city where she starts to become as sickly as Mary first was.

Overall, this is a beautiful story that I highly recommend.

Emily of New Moon (Emily, #1)
8. Emily of New Moon

by: L.M. Montgomery

Emily of New Moon is one of L.M. Montgomery’s more popular novels right next to the Anne series. The narrative follows Emily Starr who goes to live with her mother’s relatives after the death of her father. The general plot is sort of comparable to Charles Perrault’s Cinderella, in that the chosen guardians are not very nice and treat the orphaned protagonist quite poorly. As with most stories though, there is a bright side to be seen. That being: Emily’s newfound friends who help her through this rough time.

Peter Pan
9. Peter Pan

by: J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan is a story I think we are all familiar with by now so I won’t trouble you with a synopsis. In general, we not only see orphans such as Peter, but we also read about the lost boys who are considered orphans as well. A big chunk of this book also focuses on the children’s longing for a mother and just someone to love and take care of them. I think that yearning is something that every parentless child will experience at some point in time. Although Peter Pan is a fantasy story, there is definitely a lot more meaning to it than just pirates, mermaids, and Indians.

Pippi Longstocking
10. Pippi Longstocking

by: Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking tells the tale of a young, parentless girl named Pippi Longstocking. Pippi is a rambunctious child with red hair and a freckled face. She also just so happens to possess the fascinating ability of super human strength.

The narrative begins when Pippi returns from traveling around the world by ship with her pet monkey and horse, and moves into a house all by herself. She then meets her neighbors, Annika and Tommy who instantly become her best friends. Throughout the novel we follow Pippi and her companions as they go on various adventures including an eventful trip to the circus.

Like Ballet Shoes, the fact that the Pippi is an orphan doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of the story line, but rather a side detail. The plot focuses more on Pippi’s adventures with her friends than anything else. Either way, we get a lot of insight into her home life where she lives all by herself, cooking, cleaning, and other simple, everyday tasks. Considering she is just a child those scenes are quite interesting to say the least.


I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

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Summer Reading Guide

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As you all know, each year I like to post seasonal reading guides. Unfortunately, due to the massive reading/blogging slump I went through in May and June, I never did a spring reading guide. Considering the rainy season is now over, I am just going to skip ahead to summer.

For those of you who don’t know what a reading guide is, it’s basically me recommending books for each season. Since it is currently summertime, I will be suggesting titles that remind me of just that. Now I grew up in a place where my house was just a five minute drive to the beach and the beach was just a short walk to the local boardwalk. Summers for me consisted of the ocean and pretty much any outdoor activity you can think of.

So, what do I look for when recommending summer reads? Here’s a breakdown:

  1. Anything set by or at sea
  2. Books with mermaids
  3. Books with outdoorsy settings
  4. Books set during the summer
  5. Books with road trips or vacations
  6. Anything in the travel genre

I am splitting this post up into two sections. The first being the summer books I have already read and would recommend, the second being the summer books I have not read but would like to get to this season.


SUMMER BOOKS I’VE READ


1. Treasure Island

by: Robert Louis Stevenson
synopsis:
Treasure Island is a story that follows young Jim Hawkins as he discovers a map to the fabled Treasure Island. Along the way Jim runs into many obstacles such as wild beasts, deadly savages, and to top it all off the most infamous pirate to sail the seven seas.
why read this in summer:
Treasure Island has everything you could want in a summer read. The narrative not only includes pirates, but a majority of the book takes place either on a ship, or on a remote island in a tropical climate. What more could you ask for?

Perfume from Provence
2. Perfume from Provence

by: Winifred Fortescue
synopsis:
Perfume from Provence is a travel memoir written by Lady Winifred Fortescue. In it, she chronicles her time living in the south of France, with lovely descriptions of her garden and just Provence in general.
why read this in summer:
Considering summer is the time when most people go on vacation–whether in reality or through a book–I figured the travel writing genre would be perfect for this season. So, even if you are staying at home, you can travel through the Provencal countryside by reading Perfume from Provence while at the beach or even just in your own backyard.  

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)
3. Of Poseidon

by: Anna Banks
synopsis:
Of Poseidon is the first book in a trilogy that follows a mermaid race called Syrena. The book begins on a beach in sunny Florida where our two main characters run into each other for the first time–quite literally. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anyone. What I will say is that this is one of the best mermaid books I have read to date.
why read this in summer:
I don’t think this book needs much of an explanation as to why you should read it this summer. Other than the ocean as a backdrop and mermaids as characters, the narrative  takes place half on the Jersey shore and the other half in Florida–two widely popular tourist destinations.

Three Day Summer
4. Three Day Summer

by: Sarvenaz Tash
synopsis:
Three Day Summer is told in dual perspective from the POV of our two main characters, Michael and Cora. It takes place over the course of three days during the notorious music festival known as Woodstock. This book is possibly one of the most fun historical fiction novels I have ever read. Not to mention, I also found myself constantly learning things that I didn’t know about this music fair.
why read this in summer:
Music festivals take up a big a big part of the summer season, and Woodstock is the most famous one of all. If I could recommend one book that gave me the most summer vibes this would definitely be it.

Gulliver's Travels
5. Gulliver’s Travels 

by: Jonathan Swift
synopsis:
Gulliver’s Travels is an extremely famous classic novel by author Jonathan Swift. In it, we follow Gulliver, who gets shipwrecked on an uncharted island which he soon discovers is the home to a whole country of tiny people. In addition to this land of miniature humans, Gulliver also goes to various countries that have friendly giants and wise horses.
why read this in summer:
Aside from visiting different foreign territories, a huge part of this novel is set at sea. If I am remembering correctly, there is also a scene where Gulliver’s ship get’s hijacked by pirates. Between the sea voyages, pirates and exotic destinations, Gulliver’s Travels would make the perfect summer read.

Charlotte's Web
6. Charlotte’s Web
by: E.B. White
synopsis:
Charlotte’s Web is about the strong friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider known as Charlotte. When Wilbur’s life is in jeopardy Charlotte vows to do everything she can to save him–until the very end.
why read this in summer:
Although this is a real tearjerker, the outdoor setting of Zuckerman’s farm is enough to make one forget all that and think of summer. There’s also a chapter that takes place at a county fair which is most definitely an event that only occurs during this sunny season.



SUMMER BOOKS I WANT TO READ

The Surface Breaks
1. The Surface Breaks

by: Louise O’Neill
synopsis:
The Surface Breaks is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. This story takes on a bit of a feminist perspective and is set on the Irish coast.
why I want to read this in summer:
As with Of Poseidon, I don’t think this book needs much of an explanation. It has mermaids and that’s all I need to know to want to read it this summer.

The Mermaid
2. The Mermaid

by: Christina Henry
synopsis:
The Mermaid is a historical fiction novel inspired by P. T. Barnum’s Fiji mermaid. For those of you who don’t know, P.T. Barnum was the guy who basically sewed half of a monkey and fish together then put it in one of his sideshows. He tricked many people by calling this creation a “mermaid”.
why I want to read this in summer:
Although this is yet another book about mermaids, I think the synopsis for The Mermaid sounds like it will be a lot different (and darker) from everything else that I’ve mentioned already.

Love & Gelato
3. Love and Gelato

by: Jenna Evans Welch
synopsis:
Love and Gelato follows our protagonist Lina who’s mother just died. It was her mother’s dying wish that Lina gets to know her father better. This means a trip to Tuscany that Lina does not want to take. When Lina is handed her mother’s journal from the time she spent in Italy everything changes.
why I want to read this in summer:
I started reading Love and Gelato earlier this year and loved it, but ended up putting it down for reasons I cannot remember. Like Perfume from Provence, this is the perfect book to pick up when you just want to mentally getaway. Instead of France though, Love and Gelato will take me to Italy.

The Adventures of Robin Hood
4. Robin Hood

by: Roger Lancelyn Green
synopsis:
This narrative tells the tale of the medieval outlaw Robin Hood who, with his band of merry men, fight injustice.
why I want to read this in summer:
I don’t know a lot about Robin Hood other than what I saw in movies and what is in the synopsis. I want to go ahead and assume however, that a decent part of this book takes place in the outdoors with the backdrop of Sherwood forest. Either way, any adventure novel with natural setting is a good summer read to me. 

The Jungle Book
5. The Jungle Book

by: Rudyard Kipling
synopsis:
The Jungle Book is a collection of animal stories by Rudyard Kipling. The first three tales include well-known characters such as the Mowgli, the black panther Bagheera, the brown bear Baloo, and the tiger Shere Khan. The other four narratives each tell the story of a different jungle animal.
why I want to read this in summer:
Like Robin Hood, The Jungle Book is another adventure novel with an outdoors-y setting. The only difference is that this book features more of a tropical backdrop as opposed to a woodland one. Considering I love being outside in the heat during this season, these are the best environments to read about in my opinion.


I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

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June Wrap-up & Currently Reading

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June was yet again another drastically slow month for me. I only ended up completing three books with another two that I am still currently reading. I don’t think I will finish my current reads by the end of the month, but I am still going to include them in this wrap-up anyway.

Considering what a slow reader I am as of lately, starting at the end of July I will no longer be doing monthly wrap-ups. Instead, I will be doing seasonal ones. In other words, my first seasonal wrap-up will cover all of the books I read in the months of July and August (aka summer).

Anyways, without further ado, let’s get into my June Wrap-up!


THE WRAP-UP

Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy, #1)
1. Betsy-Tacy
by: Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy-Tacy follows two characters–Betsy and Tacy–and their friendship after one moves in to the neighborhood. This is a short book with short chapters as well. The overall length is just 113 pages, which technically makes it a novella.

Although I found Betsy-Tacy to be a quick, easy read, I didn’t find the overall narrative to be very memorable. Not enough happend in the plot to hold my interest, and to be quite honest, it just wasn’t very interesting.

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Mandy
2. Mandy
by: Julie Andrews Edwards

Mandy was such an adorable read. The beginning started off with a very similar plot to The Secret Garden–an orphan wanders off and finds an abandoned plot of land which she decides to tend to and make her own. The only difference with this part of the story was that in addition to finding a garden, Mandy also finds a cottage as well. After the narrative progressed though, Mandy became a unique tale of it’s own.

I don’t know what it is, but reading about characters who tidy up and tend to gardens is just so satisfying. There’s more to the plot than just a girl cleaning up though. Mandy is also a story about family and what it means to find a place to call home. I honestly loved every minute of this book, and could not recommend it enough.

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Garden Dreams
3. Garden Dreams
by: Ferris Cook

Garden Dreams is a collection of nine essays and features gorgeous Art Nouveau drawings as well. Each essay is basically a description of the writer’ ideal garden. Whether that be a garden they saw while traveling abroad, or even one they have yet to create.

I found this collection to be rather tiring to get through. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love reading about gardens and nature–when it’s done right. Every other sentence in this book included flower names and terminology that only an experienced gardener would understand. I often felt like I was reading words from foreign language that I didn’t know existed. When an author is writing about nature, if they are going to throw around strange terminology they need to do their part in describing that flower or plant and not just stating the name. Not all of us are professional gardeners here! Some of us are just enthusiasts.

If Garden Dreams wasn’t just a bunch of weird plant terms thrown together in order to describe the writer’s ideal garden, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. Unfortunately, this was a huge miss for me.

My Rating: flower rating-01flower rating-01flower rating half 2-01


CURRENTLY READING

 

Mary Poppins Opens The Door
1. Mary Poppins Opens the Door
by: P.L. Travers

Mary Poppins Opens the Door is the third book in the Mary Poppins series. Considering this is  a sequel, I won’t go into the synopsis for the sake of spoilers. I will however, tell you some of my thoughts so far.

While I am enjoying this third novel, I do think a lot of what is happening in the plot is getting quite repetitive when comparing it to each book in the series. I normally wouldn’t mind that so much, but I feel like with each new book, the same sequence of events occur. The plots all just seem the same, and as a result I am starting to lose interest.

Eight Cousins
2. Eight Cousins
by: Louisa May Alcott

Eight Cousins follows Rose Campbell, who after the death of her father, goes to live with her six aunts and eight cousins at “The Aunt Hill”.

I am only on chapter 9 of 24, so it’s hard to get an idea of how I’m liking it so far. The writing is super easy to get through, I’m just not sure that the plot will be interesting enough to keep me going. I will update you guys in my summer wrap-up though!


I hope you enjoyed reading my June Wrap-up!

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Midyear Reading Goals Check In

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Back in January I published a post explaining what my reading goals were going to be for this year (2019). In case you missed it, you can check out that discussion here.

Today, I am going to check in with you guys on where I’m at with each resolution.

OVERVIEW:
TOTAL GOALS: 17
COMPLETED:     1
IN PROGRESS:  10
YET TO START:   3
ABANDONED:    3


  1. READ 40 BOOKS (in progress)
    Last year I completed a total of 61 books with a goal of just 30. Considering I read an average of five titles a month, 2019 isn’t looking too good. The most I’ve read in a 30 day period so far this year was three. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve only completed 16 books, and according to goodreads, I am three books behind schedule. I may not do as great as I did in 2018, but I am committed to at least completing my set number of 40.
  2. READ EMMA, BY JANE AUSTEN (in progress)
    I started reading Emma back in February and am sad to say that I had to put it on hold. While it wasn’t bad in any way, I just wasn’t completely into it. I am still going to go back to it (hopefully sometime this summer) because I am committed to getting this Austen novel checked off my TBR list.
  3. GO TO AT LEAST ONE BOOK SIGNING (yet to start)
    Although I haven’t gone to a single book signing in 2019 yet, I am confident that I will by the end of the year. I recently joined a Colorado bookstagrammers group on Instagram where we discuss upcoming events to meetup at. The only reason I haven’t attended one yet is because there hasn’t been any for an author I am even remotely familiar with. I am sure one will come up soon enough though.
  4. READ A BRONTE BOOK (yet to start)
    When I originally came up with my 2019 resolutions, I had two Bronte books in mind–Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Now that I have thought about it, I am dead set on reading Jane Eyre. I am saving this Bronte’s book for the fall because I feel like the Gothic setting would make the perfect atmospheric read for that time of year.
  5. FINISH READING THE HARRY POTTER SERIES (abandoned)
    I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I should abandon this goal. We are already more than halfway through 2019 and I have yet to pick up book five, which is not good a good thing in my opinion. I don’t want to stress myself out by trying to complete this series in addition to the Anne and Oz series. That’s just too much pressure for me. I will eventually finish reading the Harry Potter books, it sadly just might not be this year.
  6. READ AT LEAST 12 CLASSICS (in progress)
    This goal has been one of the easiest to get through considering most of what I read are classics. So far, I’ve read eleven classics this year which means I only have one more to go! Now this is a goal I know I will accomplish.
  7. SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE ONE READATHON (in progress)
    I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with readathons. I love them, because I love the preparation and interaction that goes into them. I hate them, because I can never figure out how to complete a single one. I have attempted and failed at three readathons so far this year. I’m not giving up though. Not until I can say that I’ve finally finished one.
  8. REACH 2,000 INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS (in progress)
    When I wrote my 2019 reading goals post back in January, I had 1,649 Instagram followers. I explained how I have been bouncing back and forth between that number and 1,630 since August of 2018. Well, I am sad to report that absolutely nothing has changed. I am now at 1,639 which is 10 followers less than what I had in January. Not only that, but my interaction has gone down quite a bit as well. Like I stated before though, I don’t have blame anyone but myself. I’m still not as consistent with posting as I would like to be, and there are still times when I have gone weeks without taking any photos. I just need to get myself into a routine schedule is all.
  9. RE-READ THE SECRET GARDEN (completed)
    I do a reread of The Secret Garden once every year, so this goal was a piece of cake. I completed this classic back in March for the third time, and although it took a bit longer than usual to get through, I didn’t love it any less. In fact, I actually discovered new things that made me love it even more. Isn’t that what makes rereading our favorite books so fun though?
  10. FINISH THE ANNE OF GREEN GABLES SERIES (in progress)
    I am officially halfway through the Anne series by L.M. Montgomery. Having finished book four–Anne of Windy Willows–last month, I now have four more titles to go. Next on my list is Anne’s House of Dreams which I plan on getting to real soon!
  11. COMPLETE HEIR OF FIRE BY SARAH J. MAAS (abandoned)
    Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I began reading it about 3 years ago, but had to put it down due to the start of a readathon. Unfortunately, it has been so long since I’ve started reading this book (or any YA fantasy for that matter) that I completely lost interest. Completing Heir of Fire just isn’t a priority for me anymore, hence why I am abandoning this goal.
  12. COMPLETE THE FIRST FIVE WIZARD OF OZ BOOKS (yet to start)
    Going into 2019 I’ve already completed the first three Oz books. Unfortunately, I haven’t started the fourth title since then. I do however, plan on reading it in July for my redo of the O.W.L.s readathon. After that there’s just one more book to go!
  13. READ AT LEAST 12 OF THE BOOKS ON MY PRE-2019 TBR (abandoned)
    Like my goal to complete Heir of Fire, this is no longer a priority for me. This is due to the fact that a good majority of the books I owned prior to 2019, I am planning on  on getting rid of. I no longer have the same taste in books that I did a year ago, so I honestly don’t see myself picking them up anytime soon if at all.
  14. COMPLETE HALF (25) OF THE POP SUGAR 2019 READING CHALLENGES (in progress)
    Back in January, I chose 25 out of the 50 Pop Sugar challenges that I wanted to participate in. We are now halfway through 2019 and I have completed 12 of those 25. If any of you are interested, it’s never too late to join in. You can find a complete list of the Pop Sugar challenges here.
  15. USE THE BOOKLY APP TO TRACK MY READING (in progress)
    I have seriously excelled at this resolution. Bookly is basically all I have been using to track my reading. Don’t get me wrong, I still use goodreads, but I love being able to time myself. I also love how Bookly takes that time and calculates how long it will take to finish that specific book.
    If you don’t already know, Bookly is an app quite like goodreads that helps you keep track of your reading. Not only that, but Bookly also creates infographics full of personalized reading statistics for each book you have read. Another plus is that you can set reminders to tell yourself when to read.
  16. KEEP A SPREADSHEET TO TRACK MY READING (in progress)
    I haven’t been as good about using my spreadsheet as I have been with the bookly app, but I’ve still been updating it when I remember to do so. I actually just added my most recent read last night, so the spreadsheet should now have all of my latest statistics.
    In case any of you were wondering, I use the Bookriot spreadsheet to keep track of everything.
  17. BECOME AN EXPERT IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE (in progress)
    In order to motivate myself for this resolution, I also started a children’s literature series here on my blog where I recommend different children’s books during each discussion.
    I initially gave myself a few mini challenges to help myself get to where I needed to be with this goal. Some of them included, reading 4 picture books, 3 adventure books, 4 lesser known classics, 3 contemporary middle grade novels, and so on. Since then however, I changed my mini goals up a bit.
    My new mini goals are as follows:
    read at least 4 children’s classics
    – read at least 3 children’s adventure books (in progress)
    – read at least 3 modern middle grade books (in progress)
    – read at least 4 under hyped children’s books (in progress)
    – finish the Anne of Green Gables series (in progress)
    – complete oz books 1-5
    re-read Th Secret Garden
    As you can tell I already completed two of the above mini goals with four others that are in progress. Pretty darn good if you ask me!


    I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

    Until next time,
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O.W.L.S Readathon TBR: Take 2

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Back in April, I attempted (and failed) to participate in the O.W.L.s readathon. Considering I didn’t finish a single book on my TBR during that month, I am creating a redo for myself during the month of July. This way, if I manage to successfully complete the readathon this time around, I’ll be able to participate in the N.E.W.T.s next month.

ABOUT
The Magical Readathon is a Harry Potter themed event that was created by G over at Book Roast. This event has taken the book world by storm, as it is based on the exams the students take at Hogwarts. It is split into two parts–the O.W.Ls and the N.E.W.Ts. The first portion takes place during the entire month of April while the latter occurs in August. The general concept is that each participant is taking their O.W.L exam from April 1st to April 30th. The O.W.Ls determine which subjects you can sit for during the N.E.W.Ts in August. You can only sit for the subjects you completed during the month of April.

This year, G has created an entire catalog of careers to choose from, each with their own challenges and requirements.

If any part of that was confusing, I will link G’s announcement video here.

CAREER CHOICE
Since I have to finish the readathon this time around in order to sit for my N.E.W.T.s next month, I am going to stick with my prior choice which was an Herbologist. The Herbologist was one of the easiest professions to choose from considering there are only three challenges. Since I am under a bit of a time constraint, easy is the way to go. It also helps that I am the biggest nature-lover around.

HERBOLOGIST SUBJECTS & CHALLENGES
1. Care of Magical Creatures– book with land animal on cover
2. Herbology– book with plant on cover
3. Potions– next ingredient: sequel

Wish me luck!


THE BOOKS

The Story of Doctor Dolittle
1. The Story of Doctor Dolittle
by: Hugh Lofting
Care of Magical Creatures– book with land animal on cover

I think most of us are familiar with The Story of Doctor Dolittle from the movie starring Eddie Murphy. Few people however, are aware that the film was actually based off of a children’s series by Hugh Lofting. In book one, we follow Doctor Dolittle as he discovers that he can talk to animals–Jip the dog, Dab Dab the duck and Polynesia the parrot.

I picked this book for obvious reasons. 1) There’s a land animal on the cover. 2) The entire story is about nothing but animals.

Stuart Little
2. Stuart Little
by: E.B. White
Herbology– book with plant on cover

Stuart Little is another book that most of us will be familiar with from the movie. The narrative follows a mouse named Stuart who was born to a family of humans. A true lover of adventure, Stuart’s greatest escapade occurs when his best friend, a bird named  Margalo goes missing. I will be curious to see how much the original story differs from the 1999 film.

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz, #4)
3. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
by: L. Frank Baum
Potions– next ingredient: sequel

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is the fourth book in L. Frank Baum’s Oz series. Considering this is a sequel it’s only fitting that I chose it for this final challenge.

In terms of actual plot, I’m not quite sure what this fourth installment is about. Judging by the title and book cover, I’m assuming we see the wizard from book one again. Other than that, I think I am going to go into this one blindly.


I hope you enjoyed reading my O.W.Ls TBR!

Until next time,
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Zodiac Sign Book Recommendations: Gemini

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This is the sixth discussion in my zodiac book recommendation series. You can find a list of all the signs previously discussed here. In case you missed my most recent post, here is a recap of what you can expect in this succession:

I am one of those people that loves astrology, and truly believes that you can tell a lot about a person judging by their sign. I am so fascinated when I learn more about myself judging not only by my sun sign, but my moon and rising signs as well. With that said, I thought it would be a fun idea to do some kind of astrology-based series here on my blog.

Once a month throughout the year I am going to be recommending books for a specific zodiac sign. The sign won’t be random, but rather specific to that month. So, for example, individuals who were born between December 22 and January 19 are Capricorns hence why I discussed that sign in January. In addition to giving my recommendations, I will start each post with a brief description about that sign so you guys can get a better idea of where I’m coming from and why I chose those books.

Those born under the Gemini sun sign have birthdays that fall between May 21st and June 20th.

Gemini is a sign that I have always had a hard time with. I’ve personally never met a  single twin that didn’t annoy me in some way or another. It makes sense though considering Pisces and Gemini aren’t very compatible.

Gemini is an air sign, which means individuals in this element have a tendency to remain in higher spheres, where everything is lighter and seems possible. Geminis are known for having two different personalities in one. They can be sociable and downright hilarious, but at the same time they can also be serious and anxious. Gemini individuals are very curious and always eager to learn. They are quite intelligent, but it is because of this intelligence that the average Gemini can often come off as a know-it-all.

Those born under this star sign are also known to be very adaptable. You can move a Gemini from the countryside to a big city and they will be adjust pretty easily to both.

For Gemini, I am recommending books that:

  • Have twins
  • Feature an extreme change in situation/setting where the character has to adapt
  • Feature a character with multiple personalities
  • Is funny and will make the reader laugh out loud.

Overview of Gemini Traits:

Positive traits: adaptable, versatile, quick thinking, outgoing, intelligent, smart, humorous, witty, funny, soft-spoken, communicative, enthusiastic
Negative traits: superficial, anxious, nosy, impulsive, unreliable, indecisive, know-it-all

DISCLAIMER: Although I enjoy astrology, I am not in any way an expert. This is just a hobby of mine. I am not implying that I know all of the details when it comes to your sign. These are just the books that I would personally recommend for each sign.


THE BOOKS


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by: Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novella about an individual with two personas–one good and one evil. Since every Gemini is known for having two different sides in one, this would make the perfect read for them.


Magonia (Magonia, #1)
2. Magonia
by: Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia would make the perfect read for the adaptable Geminis out there. The story follows a girl named Aza who experiences an extreme change in setting and has to adapt in order to survive.

Aza’s character suffers from a mysterious lung disease that makes it hard for her to breathe–on earth that is. When she gets transported to a whole new world above the clouds though, Aza suddenly finds that she can breathe normally again. Talk about being about to adapt.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
3. Hyperbole and a Half
by: Allie Brosh

Geminis are known to be very humorous individuals who love a good laugh. At the same time however, they can be very serious. Hyperbole and a Half has both. It will make you laugh out loud like never before, but it will also have some serious moments as well.

Hyperbole and a Half started as a popular blog, and is now a bestselling book. It consists of brief vignettes and comic drawings based on the authors young adulthood.

A Little Princess
4. A Little Princess
by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess is another book that would be perfect for the adaptable side of a Gemini. In it, the main character Sara starts off wealthy with everything she could possibly want/need. After the death of her father however, she is left with little to nothing. Throughout the book Sara has to learn to adjust to her unfortunate circumstance by appreciating what she does have. If any sign in the zodiac could survive a situation like Sara’s, it would definitely be the adaptable chameleon that is Gemini.

Fangirl
5. Fangirl
by: Rainbow Rowell

I couldn’t do a recommendations post for Gemini and not include at least one book that has twins. Fangirl is seriously the perfect pick because the twins are complete opposites. Each sister displays the personality traits of the two different sides of a Gemini. While Cath shows the anxious and serious qualities, Wren shows the outgoing and humorous ones. This book basically has Gemini written all over it.


Let me know in the comments below what your zodiac sign is!

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,
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April & May Wrap-up

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I decided after only completing one book back in April that I would combine that month’s wrap up with my May one. Unfortunately, I experienced a huge reading/blogging slump at the beginning of June, so I never got around to writing this post until now.

Anyways, April was the month that I participated in the Magical Readathon, and I think it’s safe to say that it was an epic fail. May however, was a much better month for me considering I completed a total of three books.

Let’s get into today’s post!


APRIL

The Velveteen Rabbit
1. The Velveteen Rabbit
by: Margery Williams Bianco

The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic story that follows a stuffed toy rabbit who wishes himself to be real until one day his wish comes true.

This was the only book I completed in April, which is pretty horrible considering it’s a picture book. Overall, the story was absolutely beautiful with tons of symbolism about life, death and the afterlife. I read this in one sitting on Easter Sunday and may or may not have teared up just a bit.

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MAY

Perfume from Provence
1. Perfume from Provence
by: Lady Winifred Fortescue

Perfume from Provence is a travel memoir written by Lady Winifred Fortescue. In it, she chronicles her time living in the south of France, with lovely descriptions of their garden and just Provence in general.

I intended to finish this for the Magical Readathon, but unfortunately never got around to doing so until early May. The story was fun at first, but after a few chapters I started to lose interest. Nothing that happened seemed to have any significance and none of the chapters seemed to related to one another. Each chapter felt more like a cameo of the author’s time in Provence, which is great if that’s something you are into, but I wasn’t so much.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this one, however the easy to read writing style is what kept me going in the end.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
by: Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of Roald Dahl’s shorter books, that can technically be classified as a novella. The narrative follows Mr. Fox who is constantly stealing from three hunters, until one day they have had enough and decide to hunt him down. The entire story is basically a huge game of cat and mouse between Mr. Fox and these three men.

I honestly could have completed this in one sitting instead of two if I really wanted to. The writing was super simple and easy to get through, but the story, although interesting, wasn’t quite able to hold my attention. Considering this is a tale featuring a game cat and mouse, a lot of the events that occurred seemed rather repetitive. The story in general was very simple, and just didn’t seem like it would be very memorable. It was cute, but nothing special.

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Anne of Windy Willows
3. Anne of Windy Willows
by: L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Windy Willows is the fourth book in the Anne of Green Gables series. A good portion of it is told through letters in which Anne sends to Gilbert. I won’t say much more than that considering this is a sequel.

I feel like I have a huge weight lifted off my shoulders since this title has been on four TBRs this year so far. This was another book that I intended on completing for the Magical Readathon back in April, but didn’t actually get around to doing so until May. Boy, was I determined to check this off my list though.

Although this wasn’t my favorite Anne book, it was still a fun read. I loved how a big part was written in the form of letters from Anne to Gilbert. My biggest problem however, was that we never saw what Gilbert wrote back. It often felt like Anne was having a one-sided conversation with herself which is why this didn’t get a higher rating. I also felt like there were way too many characters. Quite a bit, I found myself getting confused as to whether or not a character was being introduced for the first time, or if they were already mentioned once before. In addition, there were many moments where I got multiple characters mixed up with one another.

Overall, I really did enjoy this fourth book. L.M. Montgomery’s writing was beautiful as usual with countless quotable lines. I loved reading about how Anne has grown so much–both as a person and in appearance–since the very first time we were introduced to her in book one. Anne of Windy Willows unveiled Anne as the person she was meant to be all along. She finally blossomed, and it showed not only in her maturity, but also by how she got compliments on her good looks and stunning hair! Considering her carrot-colored locks were something she once dreaded, I loved that aspect the most.

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I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

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Zodiac Sign Book Recommendations: Taurus

I am one of those people that loves astrology, and truly believes that you can tell a lot about a person judging by their sign. I am so fascinated when I learn more about myself judging not only by my sun sign, but my moon and rising signs as well. With that said, I thought it would be a fun idea to do some kind of astrology-based series here on my blog.

Once a month throughout the year I am going to be recommending books for a specific zodiac sign. The sign won’t be random, but rather specific to that month. So, for example, individuals who were born between December 22 and January 19 are Capricorns hence why I discussed that sign in January. In addition to giving my recommendations, I will start each post with a brief description about that sign so you guys can get a better idea of where I’m coming from and why I chose those books.

Those born under the Taurus sun sign have birthdays that fall between April 20th and May 20th.

Like Capricorn, I am a bit biased when it comes to the Taurus star sign. All of my closest friends are bulls. My best friend/other half Kristen, is a Sagittarius which makes no sense, because I do not mix well with the fiery archers out there at all. Her moon sign however, is in Taurus which leads me to believe that that’s why we have never had a single argument in all of our years of friendship. My previous coworker who I am super close with as well, has her sun, moon and rising signs all in Taurus. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I am extremely drawn to these individuals. Together, Pisces and Taurus just work.

Taurus is an earth sign, which means individuals in this element are extremely grounded and down to earth. Bulls in particular make great friends and partners because they are exceedingly loyal and committed. They are always there for the ones they love, and are known to have more long term relationships than short ones. These individuals are also the most reliable and persistent of the zodiac. They have the patience to stay on the same projects for years, or until they are completed which makes them excellent employees. To outsiders however, this can come off as pure stubbornness.

The Taurus star sign is also generally very sensual and tactile, valuing touch and taste over every other sense. One thing I admire about the bulls out there is their inner strength, independence and hardcore willpower. This willpower is especially prominent when it comes to spending money, as they will never make a purchase of something they don’t need or can’t afford. In other words, bulls know how to say no–something most Pisces like myself fail at.

All that said though, like all signs, Taurus individuals have their weaknesses too. They often times tend to be uncompromising, stubborn and possessive–especially in relationships. In my opinion though, there are other signs with much worse problems than that of a Taurus.

For Taurus, I am recommending books that:

  • Feature a strong friendship
  • Feature a loyal character(s)
  • Take place in nature or are earthy in tone
  • Are a survival story with an independent character who has to fend for them self.
  • Feature a character who appreciates beauty
  • Features a character who is in tune with their sense of taste and/or loves to cook/bake

Overview of Taurus Traits:

Positive traits: reliable, loyal, committed, persistent, patient, practical, realistic, grounded, responsible, independent, stable, strong, tough, will-powered, sensual
Negative traits: stubborn, uncompromising, possessive, frugal yet materialistic

DISCLAIMER: Although I enjoy astrology, I am not in any way an expert. This is just a hobby of mine. I am not implying that I know all of the details when it comes to your sign. These are just the books that I would personally recommend for each sign.


THE BOOKS


Tiger Lily
1. Tiger Lily
by: Jodi Lynn Anderson

I am recommending Tiger Lily to all you bulls out there for many reasons. 1) If Tiger Lily was any star sign, she would most definitely be a Taurus. Like pretty much every bull you will ever meet, she is passionate, loyal, grounded and just all around tough. 2) This story follows the romance between Tiger Lily and Peter. Taurus-born love a good passionate romance. There are also various moments throughout the book when we see Tiger Lily’s character display prominent Taurus traits such as loyalty and commitment towards Peter. When everyone and everything seems to be tearing the two apart, Tiger Lily’s devotion never fades–even when Peter’s does. That is something a Taurus can seriously relate to. 3) In general, this adaptation has an extremely earthy vibe/tone to it that makes it the perfect read for a Taurus (an earth sign).


Charlotte's Web
2. Charlotte’s Web
by: E.B. White

Taurus-born individuals make some of the best friends because they are both patient and exceedingly loyal. If Charlotte’s character was any star sign, she would most definitely be a Taurus. Not only does she demonstrate the upmost tolerance for Wilbur’s naive (and at times dramatic) character, but she is also loyal towards him until the very end.

I think any Taurus who reads Charlotte’s Web will be able to both appreciate and relate to Charlotte and Wilbur’s strong friendship. Just don’t forget to have a box of tissues at hand!

Wild
3. Wild
by: Alex Mallory

Wild is a YA retelling of Tarzan that takes place in the present. I am recommending this book for a few reasons. Much like Tarzan, Taurus individuals are very in tune with their senses. They also possess a deep appreciation for anything that is naturally beautiful. Bulls are strong and tough to the core. It is because of this inner strength and independence which leads me to believe that a Taurus could survive alone in the wild over every other sign. If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.


Hatchet
4. Hatchet
by: Mark Twain

Like WildHatchet is story about a male protagonist who is capable of surviving on his own in the wilderness. If any sign in the zodiac could do that, it would be the tough bull. Taurus individuals also possess a certain inner strength, as well as incredible independence that give them survival skills comparable to Brian’s.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
5. The Picture of Dorian Gray
by: Oscar Wilde

There is one main reason I am suggesting The Picture of Dorian Gray. That being–bulls are obsessed with beauty. This entire book is about just that, making it the perfect read for Taurus individuals.

Heartless
6. Heartless
by: Marissa Meyer

Heartless is a retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It tells the story of the Queen of Hearts before she turns evil, but that’s not why I am recommending this book. Like the average Taurus, the protagonist Catherine is very sensual, and is especially in tune with her sense of taste. Her character starts off as a baker, and a good amount of this book is about her love for baking. Considering most bulls are huge foodies, Heartless would be the perfect fit for them.


Let me know in the comments below what your zodiac sign is!

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,
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Beautiful Editions: The Little Prince

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Today’s discussion is the ninth post in my new “Beautiful Editions” series. In case you’ve missed the previous article in which I mentioned various versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I will link it here.

Just a recap of what to expect in my Beautiful Editions series:

I know many people who collect beautiful editions of their favorite books, myself being one of them. I think this “Beautiful Editions” series will be good for those of you searching for the next beauty to add to your ever growing collection. Each post I will discuss a different book.

THE LITTLE PRINCE
The Little Prince is a timeless children’s classic, and one of my favorite books of all time. Originally written in French as Le Petit Prince, this story was translated into 253 different languages from around the world.

The narrative follows a pilot who upon being stranded in the Sahara desert has an encounter with a little prince. The boy the tells the story of  his own planet and his travels across the universe. Each stop he makes has a different moral to be learned.

The Little Prince is possibly one of the most symbolic tales out there, making it enjoyable for both children and adults alike.


THE BOOKS

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1. Collector’s Library
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Crw Publishing
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9781907360015

This Collector’s Library edition would make a beautiful addition to anyone’s shelf. Published as a pocket-sized hardcover, this volume is bound in dark red linen, and features gilt-edges, as well as a silk ribbon marker. This edition also includes black and white renditions of the author’s original artwork.

Meet the Little Prince (Padded Board Book)
2. Bilingual Board Book

Buy: Amazon
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Padded board book
ISBN13: 9780544709027

This board book edition is an extremely condensed version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s original tale. Each page includes a short passage from The Little Prince, repeated twice in both French and English. This volume is also fully illustrated with the author’s original artwork.

Meet The Little Prince would make a great way to introduce your little one to this timeless classic–especially if they are still too young to read themselves.

The Little Prince
3. Graphic Novel

Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780547338002

This graphic novel rendition of The Little Prince was published as a hardcover, and features some pretty edgy illustrations by artist Joann Sfar.

The Little Prince (Signed Limited Edition) by De Saint-Exupery, Antoine New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943. First Edition . First Edition. One of 525 numbered copies (this being No. 266) SIGNED by the author. Very Good in publisher's rust orange cloth, with light wear at the spine ends and a couple of corners, and a... more Offered By Royal Books, Inc.
4. First Edition Reprint
Buy: abebooks
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 0152465030

This gorgeous hardcover is a reprint of the first version that was published back in 1943. Included inside is the author’s original artwork with a dust jacket on the book’s exterior.

The Little Prince: Popular Penguins : Antoine de Saint-Exupery : 9780141194806
5. Popular Penguins Edition

Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9780141194806

The Popular Penguins editions were first released in 2008 by Penguin’s Australian subsidiary. The purpose of this series? Good books at affordable prices. The cover of each title is printed in orange and on a card stock that reflects the look and feel of 1940s and 50s Penguin covers. Unfortunately, I am unsure if there is any artwork inside.

The Little Prince: Amazon.co.uk: Antoine De Saint-Exupery: 9781857155242: Books
6. Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics

Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Everyman
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9781857155242

This gorgeous edition is part of the Everyman’s Children’s Classics collection. The book itself is a cloth-bound hardback with gold foiling on the cover. In terms of interior illustrations though, I am unsure if there are any inside. I want to go ahead and assume there is considering a big part of this collection is indeed the artwork.

The Little Prince | Folio Society
7. Folio Society Edition

Buy: Folio Society
Publisher: Folio Society
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: N/A

Folio Society publishes some pretty amazing versions of classics. The above edition of The Little Prince comes in a blocked slipcase with a commentary volume by Christine Nelson. Between the two hardcovers, there is a total of 76 color illustrations and 192 pages. The Folio Society set would make a great gift for any lover/collector of this French children’s classic.

Little Prince 75th Anniversary Edition: Includes the History and Making of the Classic Story: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: 9781328479754: Amazon.com: Books
8. 75th Anniversary Edition

Buy: Amazon
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9781328479754

This special edition features a gorgeous new cover with a dust jacket that reveals a beautiful pale yellow hardback underneath. Inside, the book is split into three parts. The first includes a special look at the history and making of this timeless classic. Details range from a biography of Saint-Exupéry, and go all the way to sketches, photos, and reviews from the very first edition. If you get one volume off this list, make it this one. You simply won’t regret it.

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9. Deluxe Pop-up Edition
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780544656499

This hardcover pop-up edition features the complete unabridged text. The narrative is  complimented by a three-dimensional version of Exupery’s original artwork.

The Little Prince: A new translation by Michael Morpurgo: Antoine De Saint-exupery: 9781784874179: Amazon.com: Books
10. Vintage Children’s Classics Edition
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Vintage Children’s Classics
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9781784874179

The above hardcover contains an all new translation by Michael Morpurgo, author of the bestselling children’s novel, War Horse. Unfortunately, there is no information telling if there are illustrations or not.

Amazon.com: The Little Prince (9780544671645): Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Richard Howard: Books

11. Gift Edition
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780544671645

This is a beautiful gift edition translated by Richard Howard. The book’s interior features blue holographic end-papers as well as newly restored artwork giving this classic story a whole new life.


12. Gallimard Edition
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: French and European Publications Inc
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9782070116270

The above Gallimard edition is a hardcover bound in canvas. It comes in a beautiful slipcase and features Exupery’s original watercolors. One important detail to take note of is that this is a French volume that was not translated into English.

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13. Fleurus Edition
Buy: The Little Prince Official Store
Publisher: Fleurus
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9782215128267

The above hardcover is a luxury edition adapted specifically for children between the ages of three and six. The book itself was illustrated in large format, has a golden album cover, pages with silver writing, and was bound in cardboard with a canvas back.

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14. Embossed Edition
Buy: The Little Prince Official Store
Publisher:The Arrimage association
Format: Misc.
ISBN13: 9780008182311

This is a gorgeous art book featuring 23 embossings that were based off of Exupery’s original illustrations. Each embossing was stamped on a separate piece of 300 g vellum paper and then stored in the accompanying keepsake box. Also included under each impression is a brief description of the image, as well as a quotation from the book in French, English and Braille. This would make a great gift for the real hardcore collector of The Little Prince considering how rare and pricey it is.

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15. Folio Collection Edition
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Gallimard
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9782070408504

This is just a simple, French paperback version of The Little Prince featuring color illustrations all throughout.

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16. Collector’s Editions
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9781840227864

Wordsworth just came out with these adorable hardcovers for various children’s classics. Each edition is cloth-bound, with matching colored end papers, embossed gold and color blocking. Titles range from Black Beauty and Peter Pan, all the way to Treasure Island and Little Women. One last thing to note about these editions is that they run a bit small at around 5 by 7 inches.

The Little Prince, 50th Anniversary Edition: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Katherine Woods: 9780152438203: Amazon.com: Books
17. 50th Anniversary Edition
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780152438203

This deluxe fiftieth anniversary commemorative edition features twenty never-before seen illustrations, a sample of the original manuscript, and much more.

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18. Arcturus Edition
Buy: Book Depository
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781784284244

This adorable paperback features a playful cover design with motifs inspired by different characters and themes in the story. Unfortunately, there is no information on if there is any artwork inside. Nonetheless, this paperback has a stunning cover with a beautiful color palette.

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19. Egmont Heritage Edition
Buy: Abe Books
Publisher: Egmont Heritage
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9781405264198

This hardcover features gold foiling on the front, but again, there is no information on if there are illustrations inside.


20. Macmillan Collector’s Library
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Format: Hardcover (Cloth bound)
ISBN13: 9781909621558

The Macmillan Collector’s Library series includes many stunning editions of classic literature. This hardcover features gold gilt edges, a ribbon marker, head and tail bands, an illustrated dust jacket, and real cloth binding underneath. Scattered throughout are various full color illustrations as well.

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21. First Heinemann Edition
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780891903314

This hardcover was translated by Katherine Woods and features gold foiling on the front. There are no notes regarding artwork on this one as well.

The Little Prince: Antoine de Saint-Exupery: 9781847494238: Amazon.com: Books
22. Alma Classics Edition
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Alma Classics
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781847494238

Not much information could be found on the design of this paperback edition. Either way, the overall color palette is still beautiful, nonetheless.


OTHER RELATED PUBLICATIONS

Little Prince Coloring Book: Beautiful Images for you to Color and Enjoy...
1. Coloring Book
Buy: Amazon
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9780544792586

The above coloring book includes Exupery’s original illustrations transformed into line drawings just waiting to be colored in. Each page also includes a memorable quote from the book. 


That’s all for today folks! I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Until next time,
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