Children’s Literature: Vintage Easter & Rabbit Books

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Hello rosebuds!πŸ’

This is the second post in my children’s literature series. You can find a list of all the previous discussionsΒ here. In case you missed the first 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 isΒ technicallyΒ 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 some vintage Easter and rabbit books.

Just to make things clear, the books on this list (with the exception of one) will have an original publish date of at least 50 years ago. Anything more recent is’t technically considered ‘true vintage’. I am also going to share some used editions, and where you can purchase them.

Let’s get started!


THE BOOKS

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

by: Beatrix Potter
first edition: 1901
buy used:Β etsy

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the perfect book for this time of year. Not only does it feature a rabbit, which makes it a great read for Easter, but the outdoorsy garden setting on the English countryside creates the perfect atmosphere for springtime.

I think most of us know what this is about by now, but for those of you who don’t, let me fill you in. The narrative follows Peter who is an anthropomorphic character dressed in human clothing. When Peter’s mother bans him from entering Mr. McGregor’s garden, it only makes him want to go there more. One day, Peter gives into his temptation and trespasses into the forbidden territory, ends up getting chased about by Mr. McGregor, and ultimately loses his jacket and shoes in the process. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is truly a classic that I could not recommend enough.

The Velveteen Rabbit
2. The Velveteen Rabbit

by: Margery Williams
first edition: 1922
buy used:Β etsy

The Velveteen Rabbit is yet another classic rabbit book. The narrative follows a stuffed toy rabbit who wishes himself to be real until one day his wish comes true. I don’t know about you, but if any of my stuffed animals came to life when I was little, I might have peed myself out of pure terror.

The Bunny Book
3. The Bunny Book

by: Richard Scarry
first edition: 1955
buy used:Β etsy

The Bunny Book is part of the Little Golden Book series. In it, a family of bunnies predict what they think the baby bunny will be when he grows up. Ideas range from a fireman and clown, all the way to a policeman and candy store owner. This is an adorable yet simple story–perfect for Easter.

The Golden Egg Book
4. The Golden Egg Book

by: Margaret Wise Brown
first edition: 1947
buy used:Β etsy

The Golden Egg Book is a title in the Big Little Golden Book series. Unlike most of the books in this collection which are small, The Golden Egg Book was published in a much larger format.

The story follows a lonely little bunny who one day finds an egg. Not long after, the little bunny discovers a little duck hatching from inside. The illustrations in this book are vibrantly colored and just all around beautiful.

The Easter Rabbit's Parade
5. The Easter Rabbit’s Parade

by: Lois Lenski
first edition: 1936
buy used:Β thriftbooks

This is the first book on this list that actually relates directly to Easter. In it, we follow a handful of farm animals as they plan a surprise for the little girl who takes care of them. Everyone ranging from the brown hen to the white rabbit contribute to making Ann Eliza not only an Easter basket, but a parade as well.

Little Cottontail (Little Golden Book)
6. Little Cottontail

by: Carl Memling
first edition: 1960
buy used:Β etsy

Another Little Golden Book, Little CottontailΒ follows a rabbit who learns from his mother how to watch out for foxes. On a chance encounter with one, Little Cottontail quickly discovers the importance of those lessons. This is a great book about how critical it is to listen to your parents and the lessons they teach you when growing up.

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7. Marshmallow

by: Clare Turlay Newberry
first edition: 1942
buy used:Β etsy

Winner of the 1943 Caldecott Honor, Marshmallow is the timeless story of a tabby cat and baby rabbit whom upon moving in together, learn to love each other, and ultimately become the best of friends. Not only are the pastel colors in this book are absolutely breathtaking, but the overall softness of the actual illustrations are equally as beautiful.

The Egg Tree
8. The Egg Tree

by: Katherine Milhous
first edition: 1950
buy used:Β etsy

Like Marshmallow,Β The Egg TreeΒ is another winner of the Caldcecott Medal. The narrative follows a brother and sister who, on Easter morning discover a beautiful egg tree in their Grandmom’s attic. Each egg in the tree was hand painted by their Grandmom when she was a little girl.Β This picture book features tons of vivid colors and is a wonderful nod to Pennsylvania Dutch folk art that featuresΒ Hex signs.

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
9. The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

by: DuBose Heyward
first edition: 1939
buy:Β etsy

The Country Bunny is about a female bunny who attains the prominent position of Easter Bunny. We follow her as she finds a way to make her rounds on Easter even though she is the mother of twenty-one children.

Lively Little Rabbit (A Little Golden Book)
10. The Lively Little Rabbit

by: Ariane
first edition: 1943
buy:Β etsy

The Lively Little Rabbit is yet another Little Golden Book on this list. The story is simple and sweet following aΒ little rabbit who manages to outwit a mean old weasel.

The Easter Egg Artists
11.Β The Easter Egg Artists
by: Adrienne Adams
first edition: 1976
buy:Β etsy

This is the only book on this list that wasn’t published at least 50 years ago. Even though this isn’t technically true vintage, I am still going to include it.

The story follows a rabbit named Orson Abbott who’s family members are all Easter egg artists. They love decorating and painting, and for Orson, no project is too big–even the town bridge.

Again, the pastel colors in this are soft and light, making this book the perfect read for Easter!


I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Happy Easter!

Until next time,
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Zodiac Sign Book Recommendations: Aries

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This is the fourth post 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.

April will be dedicated to all you rams out there (Aries). Those born with this sun sign have birthdays that fall between March 21st and April 19th.

Unfortunately, I am a little late as it is currently 10:00 pm on the 19th. By the time this post goes up though, it might be past ram season. I truly apologize to all of the Aries who are reading this. As I always like to say though, better late than never!

Aries is a fire sign which means individuals in this element tend to have an outgoing, moody and just overall fiery personality. Aries in particular have the tendency to be especially short-tempered, impatient and aggressive. At the same time however, people with this sign possess a lot of determination and energy. They will often be the ones capable of finishing multiple tasks at once, and at a rapid speed. They can also be very competitive and will always love a good challenge. Aries is one of the most active of the zodiac signs, and it is because of this that they are not afraid of adventure. In fact, Aries are quite brave individuals.

For Aries, I am recommending books that:

  • Feature a brave/courageous character
  • Are in the adventure genre
  • Feature a competition
  • Follow a feisty/short-tempered character
  • Take place in the wild or just outdoors

Overview of Aries Traits:

Positive traits:Β courageous, adventurous, spontaneous, honest, determined, confident, independent, energetic, optimistic
Negative traits:Β impatient, moody, short-tempered, aggressive, impulsive

DISCLAIMER:Β 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

Treasure Island
1. Treasure Island
by: Robert Louis Stevenson

Aries individuals are brave and adventurous, making the adventure genre a perfect pick for them. Jim’s character in Treasure Island is always running into some kind of danger, but it’s the way that he deals with it that makes this the perfect recommendation for all you rams. Between fighting in combat with some pretty viscous pirates, all the way to being held at gun point, Jim handles every threat with the upmost courage–just likeΒ  a true Aries would.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
2. The Hunger Games
by: Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is the quintessential Aries novel. This book includes two things all rams love most–a competition and danger. I mean, the narrative follows a girl who gets placed in a competition where she literally has to fight to the death. Not only that, but if there is one character in this book who possesses most, if not all of the Aries traits, Katniss Everdeen would be it. Much like the average ram, Katniss is one heroine you don’t want to piss off. Not only does she start a revolution, but her nickname is literally ‘the girl on fire’, making The Hunger Games the perfect pick for this fire sign.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
3. Red Queen
by: Victoria Aveyard

Mare is another heroine who possesses a good amount of Aries traits. Just like Katniss, Mare is a bad-ass female who you definitely don’t want to piss off. If you do, she might just lose her temper and even start a revolution against you. Red Queen also features some main characters who have the ability to wield fire. Again, perfect for someone with this short-tempered fire sign.


4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by: Mark Twain

Not only is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer an adventure novel, (a genre perfect for the brave Aries), but the main character, Tom is your typical Aries boy behaving badly. He plays hooky, gets into fights, swears blood oaths, and runs away to become a pirate. Much like the average ram, he is also quite self-centered and just all around short-tempered. If there is one book that captures what the typical Aries was like in their youth, this would be it.

On the Road
5.Β On the Road
by: Jack Kerouac

If Dean Moriarty’s character in On the RoadΒ is any sign, he would definitely be an Aries. Not only is Dean reckless, but he is also self-centered and wildly impulsive. At the same time however, he is also charismatic and lives a nomadic lifestyle. Pick upΒ On the Road if you want to read about a character you can seriously relate to.


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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March Wrap-up

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March was the best reading month for me so far, as I ended up completing a total of five books. Even though I failed at the Irish readathon and zodiacathon, I don’t care, because I set a new record for 2019.


THE BOOKS

Gulliver's Travels
1.Β Gulliver’s Travels
by: Jonathan Swift

Gulliver’s Travels was the first book I completed for the Irish readathon. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this story, as I wasn’t expecting to think really anything of it. What shocked me the most however, was the plot. We all know from the movie, that Gulliver gets stranded on an island full of tiny humans. In addition to that country though, Gulliver travels to many other lands that are full of bizarre inhabitants ranging from friendly giants, and going all the way to wise horses. My favorite territory to read about was definitely Brobdingnag, or the land of friendly giants.

Considering Gulliver’s Travels was published close to 300 years ago, the writing was a bit outdated, and in all honesty, just not my cup of tea. This is pretty much the only reason as to why I didn’t give this classic a solid five flowers.

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

This was my first time reading Charlotte’s Web, and boy did I love it. It did however, take me a while to pick up, as I had to mentally prepare myself for what I guessed would be a pretty dismal ending.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am an extremely emotional person. I have the tendency to cry while reading pretty much every book. Even if there isn’t necessarily anything depressing going on, I will always find a way to get emotional. You can darn well bet that while reading Charlotte’s Web, I was ugly crying to the point of hyperventilating.

With that said though, I often find that some of the best books are the ones that can produce reactions such as that. Charlotte and Wilbur’s story was absolutely beautiful. I really felt for every character, and found myself caring about the fate of each. I highly recommend this book, not only for the kids in your life, but the adults as well. Charlotte’s Web has something for everyone.
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The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
3. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
by: Edith Holden

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady is a facsimile of Edith Holden’s original diary from the Edwardian era. In it, Holden chronicles her observations of the plants, animals and landscapes throughout each month in England, starting with January. In between are some illustrations of what she saw as well as poems that relate to the current time of year. This is a stunning book, as the publisher basically just took her original diary, and put it into a readable hardcover. All the text inside is Edith Holden’s actual handwriting.

Although I did enjoy this for the most part, I think I would have gotten more out of it if I was a professional gardener, and not just an enthusiast. There were a lot of flower names thrown around that I wasn’t familiar with. I think it would have helped if I could actually envision them to get the full effect. Either way, this was a beautiful book, I just didn’t love it as much as I had hoped to.
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Clara Voyant
4. Clara Voyant
by: Rachelle Delaney

I would be lying if I said that Clara VoyantΒ didn’t somehow manage to disappoint me. While I did think this a fun and quick read, there was way too much build up where I was just waiting for the climax to happen. What really disappointed me though was how misleading the synopsis was. Yes, Clara does cover the horoscopes section in her school newspaper, but the so-called predictions she made seemed more like observations that anyone could have guessed. There didn’t seem to be anything clairvoyant about her character until the last 25 pages.

While I was pretty disappointed in that aspect, I did still enjoy a majority of this story. There was a decent amount of things I loved, which is why I didn’t give Clara Voyant a lower rating. I am going to do a full review on this book soon, so I will go into more detail then.

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The Secret Garden
5. The Secret Garden
by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

This was obviously a reread for me, and I loved it just as much as the last time. I adore rereading my favorite books, because I am always finding even more reasons as to why love them so much. This time around, I realized how much Dickon’s character reminded me of my father. I won’t go too in depth on this, but if you want to know what I am talking about, check out my Top Three Children’s Classics post here.
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I hope you enjoyed reading my March Wrap-up!

Until next time,
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The Wind in the Willows (Spoiler Free Review)

The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows
By: Kenneth Grahame

Pages:Β 245

Format:Β Hardcover

First Edition Published:Β 1908

Buy:Β Book Depository | Amazon


The Review

β€œIntoxicated with the sparkle, the ripple, the scents, and the sounds and the sunlight, he trailed a paw in the water and dreamed long waking dreams.”

The Wind in the Willows is a work of classic children’s literature written within the fantasy genre. The narrative is told in third person omniscient point of view, and follows a group of animals who all possess human traits. These include, the ability to talk, wear clothes, cook, and so on.

Chapter one opens with Mole’s character as he begins to lose his patience while doing some spring cleaning. As a result, Mole goes out of his comfort zone by fleeing his underground home to explore the world above. It is on this outing where he meets Rat for the very first time. From that point on, Mole and Rat go on many adventures together. Escapades include a blizzardousΒ trek through the Wild Wood where they pay a visit to Badger, a failed expedition in a gypsy caravan, consistent attempts to get their friend Toad out of trouble with the law, and much, much more.

The Wind in the Willows all started when Kenneth Grahame would tell his son Alastair bedtime stories following some of Toad’s wild adventures.Β While away on boating trips, Grahame would write letters to Alastair containing the continued tales of Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger. After his retirement, Kenneth Grahame moved his family to an old farmhouse in Blewbury where the narrative that began as bedtime stories, would turn into a manuscript for The Wind in the Willows.

The narrative takes place in an idealized version of the English countryside during the Edwardian era. The setting is said to have been lightly inspired by the Thames Valley–the location where Kenneth Grahame retired.

WHAT I LIKED:

Characters: Each and every character in The Wind in the Willows was extremely fleshed out and believable-. Even if most of them were talking animals, they still felt very much real to me as if they truly existed somewhere in the world. When a writer can accomplish something as powerful as that–making the impossible seem possible–you know they are doing something right.

Although there were some character’s I didn’t quite enioy, I never failed to feel something towards them. Whether it be anger or disappointment, I still cared what happened to every individual in this book. The fact that Grahame was able to make me both love and hate a character all at the same time, is truly something remarkable.

Descriptions: The setting is described in a truly breathtaking manner. Grahame manages to appeal to all of the senses by using words that tell the reader what the characters can see, hear, feel, smell, and even sometimes taste. This is done especially well in his depictions of the Wild Wood.

Writing: Grahame’s writing style is super easy to get through. Although some sentences were a bit longer and included a lot o commas, the words were quite elementary. His style is poetic and lyrical with the sentences flowing into one another. The author’s simple language is part ofΒ  what makes The Wind in the Willows a quick, fun read.

Atmosphere: Even when the stakes weren’t very high, Grahame somehow managed to keep everything interesting by creating an atmosphere. The scene where Mole and Rat enter Badger’s home is a great example of this. The pair have just narrowly escaped a dangerous blizzard, and are now in the safety of badger’s home. Not much happens aside from the trio sitting in front of a fire, but what Grahame lacks in intrigue, he makes up for in atmosphere. Badger’s home is described in full detail. Grahame creates an atmosphere that is so warm and cozy, you just can’t help but wish you were there yourself.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:

Toad: Toad’s character was super annoying to read about. He is both impulsive and reckless, and doesn’t care about anyone but himself. He is the type of individual who’s always getting himself into trouble. When his friends bail him out of it, he doesn’t seem to care or show any sign appreciation. My biggest problem with his character however, was the fact that there was little to no growth. He was never able to fully change his ways, and that’s not good.

World Building: While I loved the descriptions and overall atmosphere, some of the details were weird and just didn’t make sense. When Toad dressed up in a washer woman’s clothes I had to question a few things that just didn’t add up. How did a small toad fill a full grown, human woman’s dress? Were the humans really tiny or the animals really big? For a good portion of the novel, I was convinced that the animals were in a world of their own, with no humans existing. When I read a scene where Toad was interacting with humans as if they were equals, I got a bit confused. The world building wasn’t very consistent and was at times, just straight up weird.

Overall, The Wind in the Willows was a truly enjoyable read. While there is a lot of symbolism in this book, it is pretty much hidden. Readers really have to read between the lines to understand the meaning. I would recommend The Wind in the Willows to anyone and everyone who loves a good adventure story that features a quality friendship.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

Until next time,

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Rating

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O.W.Ls Magical Readathon TBR

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Hello rosebuds!πŸ’

It’s April 1st ,and you know what that means–it’s officially the start of the O.W.L.s readathon!

ABOUT
The Magical Readathon is a Harry Potter themed event that was created by G over atΒ 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.

I am especially excited for 2019’s readathon, because 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 wish I could say that I thought long and hard of which career to choose, but that was not the case at all. I pretty much knew what I was going to pick before G even shared the catalog. I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone that I chose Herbologist. Being the nature-lover that I am, it only felt natural that I should pick this as my profession. It also helps that the Herbologist is a bit on the easier side when comparing it to the other professions.

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

I think three challenges for one month is extremely manageable, so this readathon should be super easy to accomplish. Wish me luck!


THE BOOKS

Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
1. Farmer Boy
by: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Care of Magical Creaturesbook with land animal on cover

Farmer Boy is the second book in the Little House series written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. While Little House in the Big Woods followed Laura’s childhood in Wisconsin, the sequel,Β Farmer Boy, is all about her future husband Almanzo, and his time growing up in New York.

In this second book, we read about Almanzo’s desire to own his very own horse. Considering his father doesn’t trust him with such a huge responsibility, Almanzo needs to figure out how to prove himself.

I think this is the perfect book for the Care of Magical Creatures challenge. Not only does it have a horse/land animal on the cover, but it’s literally about a character who is trying to prove that he can care for a creature of his own.

Perfume from Provence
2. Perfume from Provence
by: Winifred Fortescue
Herbologybook with plant on cover

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 am a serious sucker for any book set in the French countryside. It also helps that my favorite flower (lavender) is on the cover, making it the perfect pick for the Herbology challenge.

Anne of Windy Willows
3. Anne of Windy Willows
by: L.M. Montgomery
Potions– next ingredient: sequel

For Potions, I decided to go with Anne of Windy Willows. I know, I know, this book has been on my past three TBRs. I’m horrible, please don’t remind me. I do think the fact that I have an entire month to get through this will definitely work to my advantage.

Anne of Windy Willows is the fourth book in theΒ Anne of Green GablesΒ series. A good portion of it is told through letters in which Anne sends to Gilbert. For the sake of not spoiling anyone on the previous three books, I won’t say anything else.


Comment below if you are also participating, and don’t forget to tell me what career you chose!

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

Until next time,
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Children’s Literature: Top 3 Classics

children's lit top 3 classics
Hello rosebuds!πŸ’

I am starting another series on my blog that has been in the works for quite some time. As most of you know, I have a deep appreciation and love for children’s literature. So with that said, this new series will be focused on just that.

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 the first post in this series, I am going to discuss my top three favorite children’s classics. Each of these books have impacted me in one way or another. I will tell you the story behind each book and why I love it so much. My choices will go in chronological order, with number one being my top, most favorite children’s classic.

Let’s get started!


THE BOOKS

The Secret Garden
1.Β The Secret Garden
by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

I first found out about this lovely book about six years ago. I was at my boyfriend Kevin’s house meeting his parents for the first time, and saw it sitting on the bookshelf in their dining room. I was not a reader back then, but something about the title just seemed to enchant me to the point of wanting to be a reader. I soon discovered that the tattered edition I was admiring, belonged to Kevin’s grandmother, as it was her favorite book of all time. Now, for those of you who don’t know, Kevin is the person who got me into reading, and in doing so, changed my life forever. While Kevin and his family were the ones who helped me discover this book, it was my own mother and father who are the reason as to why I love this story with every fiber of my being.

I grew up with a father who owned a landscaping company and a mother who loved to garden. Our New Jersey home was surrounded by a beautiful perennial garden that my father planted with his own two hands. My father was a true lover of nature and all living things. I can clearly remember a time when I came home from school and found an injured ferret in our garage that my father was trying to nurse back to health. Trust me when I say that this happened on more than one occasion.

After my dad passed away about 12 years ago, it was my mother who took over his landscaping business. To this day, she always talks about how she wakes up every morning happy to go to work, because it doesn’t feel like work. Gardening is something my mother loves with a passion, and it definitely shows.

They say that children are their parent’s legacies,and I could not agree more. I always took after my father in pretty much every aspect possible. I think the roots for my love of gardens and nature started with my parents. By reading The Secret Garden, I am reminded of my mother and father’s love of nature. Every time I read about Dickon’s character and how he nurses injured animals back to health, I am reminded of my father. When I hear about Mary tending to the garden with Dickon’s help, I am reminded of my mother and how she finished what my father started. And finally, when I read the beautiful, atmospheric descriptions of the secret garden, I am reminded of how my love for nature and this book, came from those two very special people.

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
2.Β Anne of Green Gables
by: L.M. Montgomery

I can’t remember how I found out about this book, but I do remember how I felt reading it. I felt seen. Anne’s character reminded me so much of myself when I was younger. She is energetic and quirky, kind and compassionate, but most importantly, she is always getting herself into trouble.

Growing up, I was always doing stupid things–pretty much from the day I could both walk and talk. The scene where Anne accidentally dyes her hair green in attempt to get beautiful black locks, reminded me of the time I was trying to ‘trim’ my eyebrows but ended up shaving them completely off. Β When we are young, we often do stupid things. For me however, the word stupid is an extreme understatement.

Although I could relate to Anne’s character in that she was naive and a bit of an airhead, I also saw myself in her compassion and free spirit. When Anne shows up to her first day of school wearing a crown made from some flowers that she had picked, I felt nostalgic of the days I showed up to school wearing the most unique outfits that bordered on costumes.

Anne’s desire to fit in was also something that I connected with. While Anne was constantly bullied for her freckles and red locks, I was bullied for my bad acne and later on, my weight. . Anne dealt with her struggles in a realistic yet inspiring fashion. Yes, she does some stupid things, but always with the greatest intent. She never once let her bullies get the best of her. It is very often that the worst bullies in school were once bullied themselves. I can attest to that because I myself was on both sides of the spectrum. I sometimes wish that I would have found this book sooner on in life, as I think Anne would have been a great role model for me when I truly needed it.

Peter Pan
3.Β Peter Pan
by: J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan was one of the first children’s classics that I read. I of course always knew about the story due to the Disney film, but never read the original tale until I was in college. Being what some would call a “Disney kid” I was interested to see how much had been altered from Barrie’s narrative. Hint: it was a lot. With that said though, I still loved the book just as much as the film.

Peter Pan is a story about a boy who never grows up. To live forever and never grow old is something I have always wanted. Not only that, but the magic ofΒ  Neverland has always intrigued me. From the mermaids and Indians, all the way to the pirates and lost boys. When I read Peter Pan, it’s as if I too will never grow up–even if I already am. This wonderful story is like an escape from reality for me, and I think that’s why I love it so much. Isn’t that why we all love to read though?


What book(s) have had the biggest impact on you as a person? Sound off in the comments below!

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

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Zodiacathon TBR

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Hello rosebuds!πŸ’

As promised, today I am posting my TBR for the second readathon in which I am participating in this month. That being, the zodiacathon.

ZODIACATHON OVERVIEW
This is a readathon that is inspired by astrology. In order to participate, you must know your sun, moon and rising signs, as most of the challenges are based off of what signs you were born under. The zodiacathon will last 7 days, taking place from March 20th-March 26th. There will be a total of six challenges which I will go over below.

THE CHALLENGES
Like I said above, participants must know all three of their signs in order to participate. If you don’t, you can very easily look up a moon and rising sign calculator by searching those terms on google. You will just need to know your time and place of birth.

There is a challenge for every sign of the zodiac, so I am only going to discuss the one’s that I am participating in according to my signs.

My signs: Sun-Pisces | Moon-Scorpio | Rising-Virgo

Challenges are as follows:

  1. Buddy read a book with someone who shares your sun sign.
    There are group chats on twitter for pretty much every sign. In the Pisces group chat, we have chosen to read a bad ass book about mermaids which I will discuss in my TBR below.
  2. Read a book with an astrology/astronomy term in the title.
    Pretty self-explanatory.
  3. Read a book that fits the challenge for your sun sign.
    Again, my sun sign is Pisces. The challenge for that sign is to read a five star prediction.
  4. Read a book that fits the challenge for your moon sign.
    My moon sign is Scorpio. The challenge for that sign is to read a book that has romance.
  5. Read a book that fits the challenge for your rising sign.
    My rising sign is virgo. The challenge for that sign is to read a mysterious book.
  6. Read the group book.
    Although I listed this challenge, I will not be participating in it.

For a full list of the challenges and an in-depth description of the fine details, you can go check out the twitter profile for the zodiacathon here.


THE TBR

Sea Witch (Sea Witch, #1)
1.Β Sea Witch
by: Sarah Henning
challenge:Β Buddy read a book with someone who shares your sun sign.

In the Pisces group chat on twitter, we decided that our buddy read for this first challenge should be Sea Witch, by Sarah Henning.

According to ancient mythology, the Pisces constellation was originally created by the ‘first mermaid‘ known as Atargatis. Considering the fact that Pisces is a water sign and has mermaid origins, I don’t believe we could have picked a better book.

For those of you who don’t know, Sea Witch is a retelling/prequel toΒ The Little Mermaid. It basically tells the story of the Sea Witch, before she turned evil.

Clara Voyant
2.Β Clara Voyant
by: Rachelle Delaney
challenges:Β 1. Read a book with an astrology/astronomy term in the title.
2. Read a book that fits the challenge for your rising sign. (Virgo: read a mysterious book.)

I am going to be doubling up on books for the above two challenges. I know Clara Voyant is kind of pushing it for the first one, which is to read a book withΒ an astrology/astronomy term in the title, but ‘voyant’ can be seen as an astrology word. Voyant–which is technically a french term–can be defined asΒ a person who is sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception, or in other words, a medium or psychic. This is also a middle grade mystery novel, so it works out great for the Virgo challenge, as well.Β 

Clara Voyant follows a girl named Clara who joins the newspaper staff at her new middle school. Clara intends to write articles that deal with hard-news and other ‘important’ issues, so when the editor assigns her the topic of horoscopes, she is less than thrilled. Things start to get worse (or interesting) when her horoscopes start coming true.Β 

Now I don’t know about you, but I am totally here for that synopsis.Β 

A Year in Provence
3. A Year in Provence
by: Peter Mayle
challenge: Read a book that fits the challenge for your sun sign. (Pisces: read a five star prediction.)

A Year in Provence is a memoir thatΒ follows the author who one day, decides to drop everything, and move to the south of France. This book chronicles his adventures throughout the course of one year, going from month to month. Starting with Peter’s first day in his 200-year-old farm house and going all the way to his odd escapades, such as discovering the secrets of goat racing.

I am a total sucker for the south of France and just anything related to that country. A few years ago, my mother took me on an unforgettable trip all along the border, and you can bet we visited the region discussed in this book. I am totally expecting to love A Year in Provence, and would be highly shocked if I end up hating it.

Anne of Windy Willows
4. Anne of Windy Willows
by: L.M. Montgomery
challenge: Read a book that fits the challenge for your moon sign. (Scorpio: read a book that has romance.)

I had a hard time deciding on a book for this challenge, as I am not the biggest fan of the romance genre. In the end, I decided to go with Anne of Windy Willows, because it includes my favorite Pisces heroine, Anne Shirley.

Anne of Windy Willows is the fourth book in the Anne of Green Gables series. It has been included on countless TBRs, so I am not going to trouble you with a synopsis.


I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

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Books About Gardens & Gardeners + Birthday Giveaway

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You guys! Today is my 26th birthday! In honor of this very special occasion, I came up with the grand idea to combine my two loves into one discussion. Those being: books and gardens. I mean, my blog isn’t called The Garden of Read-En for nothing, am I right?

THE GIVEAWAY:

I am also hosting a birthday giveaway over on my bookstagram @the_garden_of_readen. The post for that won’t go up until a little later on today, so make sure you are following me to be alerted as to when it does. It will also include all of the rules and details on what you can win. The giveaway is going to be themed and will include items inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret GardenΒ andΒ A Little Princess. I may or may not also include a separate prize forΒ the sameΒ winner to win a book of their choice. Not everyone can be pushed into reading my favorite books. I get that!

Anyway, let’s get into some books about gardens and gardeners, shall we?


THE BOOKS

The Secret Garden
1.Β The Secret Garden
by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

IΒ  couldn’t write a list of books about gardens and not include The Secret Garden. This children’s classic has beautiful descriptions of the hidden garden Mary tends to. Burnett’s writing is so utterly atmospheric that you can’t help but be instantly transported to the gardens at Misselthwaite Manor.

Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden
2.Β Old Herbaceous
by: Reginald Arkell

Reginald Arkell is somehow able to perfectly capture the care and passion a gardener has for their work in in Bert Pinnegar’s character. Bert’s only true love in life is gardening, so when his job as head gardener is taken from him, all that’s left is a longing in which only a fellow retired landscaper would understand.

Old HerbaceousΒ is a classic British novel of the garden. In it, we follow an orphan, Bert Pinnegar, starting from his youth as a schoolboy where he enjoys picking wildflowers and often finds himself dodging angry farmers, all the way to adulthood where he becomes a legendary head gardener earning the name, β€œOld Herbaceous”.

Tom's Midnight Garden
3.Β Tom’s Midnight Garden
by: Philippa Pearce

This children’s fantasy novelΒ isn’t necessarily a gardening book, but rather a book that just takes place in a garden. Unlike most of the other picks on this list, Tom’s Midnight Garden has some magical elements to it. If you are interested in reading a book about a garden, and fantasy is your go-to genre, than this might be your best bet.

Tom’s Midnight GardenΒ is a modern children’s classic that follows Tom who is shipped off to his aunt and uncles for the summer after his brother gets sick. Tom is positive that the entire season will be spent miserably, but then one night he hears his relative’s grandfather clock chime thirteen times. Tom is then transported back to an old garden where he meets a young girl named Hatty.

Every night, Tom returns to this garden and has wonderful adventures with Hatty. Not everything is quite as it seems though. Hatty grows mysteriously older with each visit, and by the end of the summer, Tom finds himself wanting to stay with her forever.

Down the Garden Path
4.Β Down the Garden Path
by: Beverley Nichols

Down the Garden PathΒ is known as one of the most quintessential gardening books to date. Written as a memoir, the book follows the author’s account of the creation of an English garden during the 1930s. Considered to be just as comical as it is memorable, Down the Garden Path highlights some of the many trials and tribulations in which every gardener will at one point go through. Labors range from the setbacks of creating a rock garden, and go all the way to the struggles of cultivating plants in a greenhouse. There may or may not also be some cats involved as well.Β 

My Summer in a Garden
5.Β My Summer in a Garden
by: Charles Dudley Warner

Along with Old Herbaceous, as well as a few other books on this list, My Summer in a GardenΒ is part of the Modern Library Gardening series. This collection of paperbacks features a total of seven gardening books.

My Summer in a Garden is another memoir where we follow the author through hisΒ  many struggles as an amateur gardener. Warner’s accounts of his laborious struggles in the garden are organized by monthly entries where we see him learn to garden through the many experiences that come with having no help but his own.

The Forgotten Garden
6.Β The Forgotten Garden
by: Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden is a great pick for those of you who love the children’s classic, The Secret Garden. The narrative brings Frances Hodgson Burnett in as a character, and gives the idea that the walled garden in this novel, influenced the original story.

The Forgotten Garden is a historical fiction novel that follows Nell, a young girl who is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia back in 1913. Years later, when Nell is told the truth of her history by her adopted parents, she sets out to trace her real identity. Unfortunately, it’s not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell dies that everything starts to come together.

Elizabeth and her German Garden
7.Β Elizabeth and her German Garden
by: Elizabeth Von Arnim

This is a book that has a realistic portrayal of what it means to not only be an amateur gardener, but a Victorian woman with a desire to garden, as well. We follow Elizabeth as she struggles to communicate with her gardener how she wants her garden to look. She has a vision, but due to the fact that she can’t physically get down on her hands and knees and plant everything herself, she often fails to get the desired results.

Elizabeth and Her German GardenΒ is an extremely short book at only 104 pages. It is told through a series of diary entries from the author Elizabeth, and follows her throughout the course of one year. Elizabeth often discusses how she has found the utmost happiness in her garden.

The Gardener's Bed-Book: Short and Long Pieces to Be Read in Bed by Those Who Love Green Growing Things
8.Β The Gardener’s Bed-Book
by: Richardson Wright

The Gardener’s Bed-BookΒ is a collection of 365 essays all relating to the garden. The idea being that each story is meant to be read in bedΒ at night after a long day’s work. Wright not only gives great gardening advice, but also excels at describing some of the challenges one goes through when cultivating a garden of one’s own. The Gardener’s Bed-BookΒ is a great read that is perfect for not only gardening experts, but admirers as well.

We Made a Garden
9.Β We Made a Garden
by: Margery Fish

We Made a GardenΒ is a memoir following a unique English country garden. In it, we follow author Margery Fish as she discusses how she and her husband created a cottage garden on the site of the former farmyard in Somerset, England. She also explains many things in which she learns along the way. From the secret to cultivating the smoothest lawn, all the way to the landscaping possibilities of evergreens.

The Lost Garden
10.Β The Lost Garden
by: Helen Humphreys

Like The Forgotten Garden, The Lost Garden is another historical fiction novel featuring a mysterious garden. The narrative takes place during WWII and follows Gwen, a 35-year old spinster, who flees London to join the “Land Girls” in the farming of potatoes. Upon arriving, Gwen discovers two things. The first being that the other girls are more interested in the soldiers than in planting the crops. The second being a hidden, abandoned garden on the estate. Got Secret Garden vibes yet? Thought so.


I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

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Zodiac Sign Book Recommendations: Pisces

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This is the second post in my zodiac book recommendation series.Β In case you missed myΒ previous post, here is a recap of what you can expect in this new 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.

March will be dedicated to all my fellow fishes out there (Pisces). This is my absolute favorite sign due to the fact that it is mine, so I might be a little bit biased (okay a lot). Those born with this sun sign have birthdays that fall between February 19th and March 20.

The Pisces zodiac sign is the twelfth and last sign in the zodiac which means it is the one closest to “the other side”. It is because of this reason, that Pisces are the most intuitive out of all the signs. The Pisces individual can spot a liar from a mile away. We can always tell when someone is being genuine or if something is “just not right”. It’s almost as if we have a sixth sense and an internal lie detector. On the other hand though, Pisces tend to be very disconnected from reality which can make us quite gullible. There is this constant internal struggle when we have trouble trusting someone. Should we listen to our head which is telling us to believe them, or should we trust our intuition? The problem with Pisces is that even though we have this intuition, we don’t often listen to it because we are so gullible and often get caught with our head stuck in the clouds. We are the biggest dreamers of the zodiac after all.

Pisces are seriously empathetic individuals and will always feel what another person is feeling. It is often this empathy for troubled souls that leads Pisces into our own sadness. We are emotional, yes, but it is because of our compassion for others that makes us this way.

I could seriously go on and on about Pisces forever, but I wont. Just know that Pisces are the most selfless, compassionate individuals out there. We will always put other’s needs before our own. Never try to manipulate a Pisces though. We may play dumb, but we will always be one step ahead. And remember, if you find a Pisces, hold them tight and never let them go. We are rare.

Overview of Pisces Traits:

Positive traits: compassionate, empathetic, intuitive, soulful, selfless, wise, imaginative, artistic, kind, romantic
Negative traits:Β sensitive, out of touch with reality, masochistic, prone to addiction, clingy, self pitying

DISCLAIMER:Β 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

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
1.Β Anne of Green Gables
by: L.M. Montgomery

Anne Shirley is the quintessential Pisces character. Not only was she born on March 5th, but she has many of the qualities in which any true Pisces will possess. Anne is always caught day dreaming, and not only that, but she is constantly imagining a different, better world in which she could be living in. Pisces are known for this. We always try to see the best in every situation and are often considered to be detached from reality.

Anne holds many of the main Piscean traits. She is imaginative, romantic, compassionate, kind and so on. She is also wise, in that she excels at anything she puts her mind to. At the same time however, Anne causes a lot of chaos due to her tendency to be a bit detached from reality (or, need I say air-headed?).

If any of my fellow Pisces out there are in search for a book with a main character that they can relate to, Anne of Green Gables is definitely a top choice.

Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)
2.Β Garden Spells
by: Sarah Addison Allen

I chose Garden SpellsΒ because Pisces are very intuitive. Like I stated in my introduction, Pisces is the twelfth and last sign in the zodiac. This means it is the sign closest to the “other side”. Pisces individuals always know when something just “doesn’t feel right” and can always tell when someone is being genuine or not. It’s like we have an internal lie detector, or better yet, a sixth sense. A lot of Pisces will have dreams where they see something happen and at some point it does. Trust when I say this, because it has happend to me.

Garden Spells features a family of women who each have a special gift. They also have a tree in their back yard, that grows apples that will show the eater their future. The main reason I am recommending this book though, is due to the main trait of intuition that each character has, and it is that intuition that will save them in the end.

Garden Spells is also a magic realism novel which makes the perfect genre for any Pisces since this sign is often disconnected from reality.

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)
3.Β Of Poseidon
by: Anna Banks

Fun Fact: according to mythology, the Pisces astrological sign was originally created by a Syrian goddess known as Atargatis who was known as “the first mermaid”. Try googling, “the first mermaid”, or click this linkΒ if you don’t believe me. I also found the below quote from the book Mermaids: the Myths, Legends and LoreΒ to further prove my point that us Pisces are in fact the true mermaids of the zodiac.

“A Greek story says that long ago an egg fell from the sky into the Euphrates River. A fish pushed the egg to shore and Derketo (the Greek name for Atargatis) hatched from it. She asked Zeus to acknowledge the fish’s help by forming the constellation Pisces, the zodiac sign represented by two fish. Ever after, fish were sacred to her.”

So with all that said, I just couldn’t refrain myself from recommending a book that has to do with mermaids. In addition to all that, not only is Pisces a water sign, but we also tend to love the ocean or just have a calling to be near it (even if we don’t necessarily like going in it). Of Poseidon is about just that. We follow a girl who slowly starts to discover that her deep desire to be in, and near the water has a lot more meaning than she thought. She may or may not also start to develop special gifts as well.

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
4. A Thousand Pieces of You
by: Claudia Gray

Pisces are known for the dreamy look we get in our eyes that is usually associated with getting our head ‘stuck in the clouds’. Someone can be talking to us and we will hear them but we won’t necessarily be listening. We have that other worldliness about us that keeps us from staying put in reality. We are daydreamers. It is due to all this that Pisces tend to be escapists. This can either be treated in an innocent or dangerous manner, but that’s for another discussion on another day.

I am recommending A Thousand Pisces of You for Pisces because this book is about a girl who’s father is murdered, and his killer literally escapes into another dimension before anyone can catch him. This sci-fi book is basically every Pisces’ dream, as the main character is seen jumping through alternate universes throughout the entire story. This would be a great book to read for those Pisces who are looking to get far, far away from reality.

Magic for Marigold
5.Β Magic for Marigold
by: L.M. Montgomery

Magic for MarigoldΒ would make the perfect read for those Pisces who lie more on the dreamy and imaginative side of the sign’s spectrum. Created by the same author who wrote Anne of Green Gables, Magic for Marigold is a narrative filled with imagination. It also features a protagonist who would most definitely be considered a Pisces.

In addition to Marigold’s quirky character, the adventures she goes on are equally just as whimsical and creative. They possess an almost ethereal yet innocent quality about them, that you just can’t help but think of the Pisces individual–from Marigold’s intimate companionship with an imaginary friend, all the way to dreaming of visiting far-off lands.

Magic for MarigoldΒ would make the perfect read for all of the typical dreamy and imaginative Pisces out there.Β 

Elusion (Elusion, #1)
6. Elusion
by: Claudia Gable & Cheryl Klam

Pisces love to escape. It’s what we are known for. Not only do we have a tendency to drift off into daydreams quite frequently, but we also each have a deep understanding of how the world is, and how it should be. At the very same time though, we are often very disconnected from reality.

Even though I didn’t read Elusion, all it took was one look at the synopsis to know that this would make a perfect recommendation for all of my fellow Pisces. This is a YA sci-fi that takes place in a world very much inspired by Inception. Within this universe is another, known as Elusion. All the characters need to enter Elusion is an app, a visor, and a wristband, where they will then be virtually transported to an exotic destination where ‘adventure comes without the complications or consequences of real life’. Convinced? Thought so.

When the Moon Was Ours
7. When the Moon Was Ours
by: Anne Marie McLeMore

Pisces love to escape, especially when that escape is from reality. We are dreamy and imaginative, which makes magical realism the perfect genre for a Pisces. I mean, what better book to recommend than one that features a character who paints moons that hang from trees, and another who has roses that grow out of her wrists?

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)
8. Strange the Dreamer
by: Laini Taylor

I think most of you have probably read this book already, but I couldn’t not include it. Like I stated before, Pisces are dreamers. The biggest in the zodiac. Not only does Strange the Dreamer feature a character who dreams of a lost city that may or may not actually exist, but the writing itself is so utterly lyrical, that any true Pisces will fall in love immediately.


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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February Wrap-up

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Hello rosebuds!πŸ’

Like January, February was an awful reading month for me. I only got around to completing three books, and had an epic fail with the Inloveathon. All that said, I am deciding to take my experience last month and learn from it. I just need to figure out how to manage my time better when it comes to reading.

Anyway, Let’s get into the books I read in February.


THE BOOKS

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1.Β Two on a Tower
by: Thomas Hardy

Two on a TowerΒ is a love story that follows a man and woman who are 10 years apart in age. They meet for the first time in a column that is eventually converted into an astronomy tower, and continue to have an affair that is kept a secret due to the judgment of others.

I started reading Two on a Tower back in late June of last year, but ended up taking a break early on in July. I never got the chance to pick it up again until last month, and I am glad I did. Even though I am only giving this a 3.5 flower rating, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story as well as Hardy’s writing style.

The narrative is split into three parts, and that is where my biggest problem was with the story. The first part was my absolute favorite, as it included tons of beautiful descriptions of constellations and just the galaxy in general. There was also a lot of atmospheric scenes where Swithin and Lady Constantine would be found stargazing at the top of an astronomy tower. Those were the moments I enjoyed the most. After part one ended however, I really found that I was losing interest in the story because it became more about their affair than anything. Part three included a lot of drama with Lady Constantine’s brother as well as a pretty bitter sweet ending. Although I felt like I was left hanging at the end, I think that’s what made it so interesting. Two on a Tower had one of those conclusions that are completely open to the reader’s interpretation. Although Hardy didn’t say what happend or what would happen, you could kind of get the idea. Overall a solid story, just not one of my personal favorites.
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Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden
2.Β Old Herbaceous
by: Reginald Arkell

Old HerbaceousΒ is a classic British novel of the garden. In it, we follow an orphan, Bert Pinnegar, starting from his youth as a schoolboy where he enjoys picking wildflowers and often finds himself dodging angry farmers, all the way to adulthood where he becomes a legendary head gardener earning the name, β€œOld Herbaceous”.

Old Herbaceous is definitely my favorite read of 2019 thus far. I’ve always loved learning about characters who are gardeners or who just pick up gardening as a hobby, so it’s no surprise as to why I enjoyed this so much. The writing was super easy to pick up which is always a plus in my book. The descriptions of the flowers were simply to die for, as well. Bert’s character was a likable one, and I always found myself rooting for him in his times of trouble. I honestly could not recommend this book enough.
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Kit Carson and the Wild Frontier
3.Β Kit Carson and the Wild Frontier
by: Ralph Moody

Kit Carson and the Wild FrontierΒ is a biography geared towards children about the life of American frontiersman Kit Carson. In it we follow Carson from his birth all the way to his death.

I found an old copy of this book at an antique store when I was on a day trip in Wyoming. I was hesitant to read it at first, but in the end, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed learning about Kit and his adventures. Since this is a book for younger readers, the writing is super easy to get through. Not only that but Kit had such an interesting life that I constantly found myself wanting to know more. I definitely recommend this biography especially if you have a child interested in discovering more about the wild west and American Indians.
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I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

Until next time,

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