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A Classic Couple: Romeo & Juliet and The Hunger Games

Sometimes it seems as though everyone is birthed from the womb with an inherent knowledge of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I have a feeling that a similar situation will happen with Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games in a few generations. Just as the mention of Shakespeare’s famous play immediately conjures up ideas of star-crossed lovers and family feuds, The Hunger Games may inevitably be associated with fights to the death, trust and betrayal, and forbidden love. Today, I’d like to discuss the many similarities between these books that make them more alike than one might initially expect.

+ Star-crossed lovers. Let’s get this one out of the way first since it’s probably the most obvious similarity. Both of these texts are rooted in romance, particularly relationships that are seemingly not supposed to happen. While Romeo and Juliet shouldn’t be together due to the clash between their families, Katniss and Peeta should be focused on killing each other rather than trying to seduce one another. These relationships occur rapidly yet are fueled by different motivations: love and lust vs. strategy and survival. The flawed natures of both of these relationships emphasize the far extent that people will stretch for romance.

+ Life and death: The dichotomy of living and dying plays a significant role in both texts. Each of their climactic scenes focuses on the tension between these two opposites and plays with the reader’s expectations of what should happen next. Romance becomes a life source for Katniss and Peeta as it helps them gain the popularity needed to ultimately survive the games; however, love becomes the downfall of Romeo and Juliet as it blinds them to realistic consequences and leads to their hasty deaths.

+ Youth: Part of the reason these texts are so remarkable is the age of the protagonists: Romeo and Juliet are in their early teen years, whereas Katniss and Peeta are in their later teen years. While this is often one of the more frustrating aspects of Romeo and Juliet for modern readers—they’re willing to commit suicide over someone they’ve known for three days when they’re thirteen?!—age plays a more positive role in Collins’ novel. Katniss and Peeta are able to fight back against an entire oppressive regime even though they are still teenagers.

+ Rebellion: Likewise, together these texts highlight the advantages and disadvantages of rebelling. While Shakespeare paints a rather bleak picture of what could happen when you go against the wishes of your elders, Collins seems to advocate standing up for what you believe in and opposing unjust authority figures. In this way, romance is used to make a very political statement in The Hunger Games. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at two very different, very similar texts!

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What do you think of this classic couple? What other books would you pair with Romeo and Juliet? What are your thoughts on either or both of these books? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: I Recommend Books to My Dad

Happy Tuesday!! Father’s Day is right around the corner, and the lovely bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish are celebrating by dedicating this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme to those delightful dads. Since I recently made a TTT list about my mom, I’ve decided to make this TTT list about my dad. Here are my recommendations of ten books I think my dad would really enjoy:

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

My dad is an avid hiker, but since we live in New England we’re much more familiar with the Appalachian Trail than the Pacific Crest Trail on the west coast that Cheryl hikes and talks about in this memoir. I think he would find this really interesting!

One More Thing by B.J. Novak

My dad has an awesome sense of humor, and so does B.J. Novak. Plus, these short stories are perfect for reading in small chunks of time since my dad is usually really busy. This is a book that can easily be picked up and put down again over a longer period of time (hence why I took nearly two years to read it!).

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

This book is SO LONG but very worth the time commitment it takes to read it. It’s such a unique, dark, intriguing story and I would love to hear my dad’s thoughts on it. It’s also written by an author who graduated from one of the colleges I initially applied to.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Okay, I don’t actually know if he would enjoy this one because everyone but me seemed to hate it when I read it with my AP English class. But I know he really liked A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and this classic reminds me of that book for some strange reason… maybe because of the younger protagonists?

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I’m recommending this book because a) I’m a firm believer that everyone should read this because it’s fantastic and b) I really want to know if he can predict who the murderer is! (Side note: I was SO WRONG with my prediction when I first read it!)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

He and my mom really enjoy watching the Hunger Games movies and I think he already read the first book in this trilogy, so the sequel would be a perfect summer read. It would also give me an excuse to make fiery summer puns (get it?).

1984 or Animal Farm by George Orwell

Talking about The Hunger Games made me think about darker, twisted versions of our own society—what better author to recommend than George Orwell? I would love to hear my dad thoughts on these novels, especially how they end.

Why I Write by George Orwell

While we’re already aboard the Orwell train, why not add another one? My dad is a great writer and he has to do a lot of it for his job, so I feel like he would find this both really interesting and really useful. It’s also fairly short, so it makes for a very quick read.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

I have a feeling he might have already read this book (or maybe another book by this author) but I’m going to put it down anyways because I think it’s the kind of touching story that my dad would really appreciate.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Harry Potter

I’m recommending this purely because I feel like it will explain SO MANY of the references I make on a regular basis. (Also because it’s Harry Potter and literally everyone on this planet should read it.)

Happy (early) Father’s Day, dad! Thanks for being the best ❤

What books would you recommend to your dad? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Book Sacrifice Tag

book-courtship-8Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day. Today I’m here to share the Book Sacrifice Tag with you– it sounds a little scary, but I’m sure we’ll make it through. Thanks so much to Shar @ Virtually Read for tagging me! This tag is short and sweet, so let’s get started.

the summer i turned pretty coverAn Over-Hyped Book
Situation: You are in a bookstore when the zombies attack. Over the loudspeaker, you hear the military informing you that over-hyped books are the zombies’ only weakness. What over-hyped book will you chuck at the zombies?
The first one that comes to mind is The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. For years I looked on as people praised this book for being the quintessential contemporary book to read in the summertime. A few summers ago I finally decided to see what all of the buzz was about… and I was really disappointed. The main character was annoying and I didn’t think that the story was really anything extraordinary… It was simply over-hyped, in my opinion.
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Situation: You are caught in a torrential downpour and you’re probably the type who melts when you get wet. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?
Ah, the controversial sequel. Sometimes they’re pulled off really well, but often they’re very poorly executed. One sequel that kind of let me down was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. While it was still an entertaining story, I think that it didn’t really add much to the trilogy. Personally, I think she could have just cut directly to the third book.
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Situation: You’re in English class and your professor won’t stop going on about a classic that “revolutionized literature.” Personally, you think that classic is garbage and you decide to express your opposing opinion by hurling the book at his head. What classic is that?
Hmmm….. I might be in the minority here, but I actually really enjoyed the majority of the classics that I’ve read in school! However, I must admit that I really didn’t like Shakespeare’s Othello (or most of Shakespeare’s works in general, to be honest…).
fourth of july creek coverA Least Favorite Book
Situation: You’re hanging out at a bookstore (where else would you be?) when global warming somehow manages to turn the whole world into a frozen wasteland. Naturally, your only hope of survival is to burn a book. Which book would you not regret tossing onto the fire?
 Normally I really enjoy the books that I read because I pick ones that I think I’ll like. However, once I picked up Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson at the library and hated it. I hardly remember any details about the story now, which probably says something about how much I disliked it.
 I’m not going to lie: venting about these books was pretty cathartic! I’m not going to tag anyone specifically, but feel free to join in if you’re in the mood for a good rant.
What are your answers to these questions? What’s your least favorite book? Let me know in the comments section below!
Yours,
HOLLY
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Stationary Book Tag

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Hello, hello! Today I bring you another tag, this time about one of my favorite things: stationary! I love school supplies, paper products, pens, pencils, notebooks– if it can be found in an office supplies store, then chances are that I adore it. Luckily, this lovely Stationary Book Tag exists for stationary lovers such as myself. Thanks so much to Giovanna @ Book Coma Blog for tagging me!

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  • Thank the creator: Sam @ RiverMooseReads, Thank you!
  • Answer the questions.
  • Add pictures! (If you want to)
  • Tag (about) 5 people.

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The_BFG_(Dahl_novel_-_cover_art)PENCILS: FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK.

Definitely The BFG by Roald Dahl. I reread this childhood favorite of mine this past summer for the first time since fifth grade and I absolutely adored it. How can you say no to the Big Friendly Giant’s cute, oversized ears?

the great gatsby coverPENS: A BASIC STAPLE FOR ANY READER.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, hands down. There are just so many great reasons to read this classic American novel– the beautiful writing style, the many modern references to the story, the abundant symbolism and questions and raises about the so-called “American Dream.” I think everyone should read about good ol’ Gatsby!

the hobbit coverNOTEBOOKS: BOOKS YOU OWN MULTIPLE COPIES OF.

Surprisingly enough, I think the only book I own multiple copies of is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve thought about buying different editions of the same book depending on the different covers, but I just can’t justify spending the money when I already own a copy of it.

A Darker Shade final for IreneMARKERS: BOOKS WITH BEAUTIFUL COVERS.

A Darker Shade of Magic and the other books in this fantasy series by V.E. Schwab. I love the color scheme as well as the simple but interesting use of geometric shapes. Plus, just look at that font!

harry potter and the sorcerer's stone coverGLUE: TWO CHARACTERS THAT WORK TOGETHER EVEN IF THEY AREN’T TOGETHER.

Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I’ve always wanted these two wonderful characters to end up together– they’re both quirky and kind and would be so cute as a couple!

29069989SCISSORS: WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU LIKE TO DESTROY.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.  (A bit harsh? Maybe. Do I apologize? Not in the slightest.) I was just really disappointed with this book, as you can probably tell.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne CollinsART KIT: WHAT COMPLETED SERIES YOU OWN.

From my glory days in the elementary school reading enrichment program I still own the entirety of the Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins. This was back before she was of Hunger Games fame… boy, that feels like ages ago!

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  1. Marta @ The Book Mermaid
  2. MC @ Blame It On The Books
  3. Emily @ Rose Read
  4. Conny @ Literati Girl
  5. Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser

What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of the books that I’ve mentioned? What is your favorite kind of school supplies? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Rue: The Real MVP of the Hunger Games

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While rereading Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games for my Introduction to Literature class, I couldn’t help but notice that one character in particular is vastly undervalued and under-discussed. As the title of this post would suggest, this character is none other than Rue, the female tribute from District 11. She may be the youngest tribute in the Games, but I believe that she is also the most surprising, wisest, and important competitors in the Arena.

One of the most valuable and interesting aspects of Rue as a character is the way she challenges the reader. At first I automatically categorized her as a reflection of Prim, Katniss’ younger sister. Prim and Rue are the same age, and Katniss even goes so far as to say that “she reminds [her] of Prim” (210). But just as you’re confident that you know Rue, she begins to take on a different– yet still familiar– persona. Suddenly the reader is exposed to yet another side of this young girl, a side that certainly surprised me at first. Rue’s hidden strength is clearly uncovered when Katniss says, “You can see the glint of excitement in her eyes. In this way, she’s exactly the opposite of Prim, for whom adventures are an ordeal” (210).

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Not only is she more courageous, adventurous, and clever than she first appears, she is also much more like Katniss than I initially realized. In fact, I’ve come to think of Rue as more of a reflection of Katniss rather than Prim. Take this description of Rue, for example:

“And I come to know Rue, the oldest of six kids, fiercely protective of her siblings, who gives her rations to the younger ones, who forages in the meadows in a district where the Peacekeepers are far less obliging than ours” (211).

Whether she is conscious of it or not, Katniss has actually given us a fairly close description of herself. Although the tiny details are different (Rue has six siblings while Katniss only has one, etc.) the basic ideas are the same. Both Katniss and Rue are the eldest sibling and take on a parental role in their families. They feel as though it’s their responsibility to protect and provide for their siblings, and they accomplish the latter by illegally hunting and gathering. In many surprising and unexpected ways, we come to view Rue as a younger version of Katniss. Rue_points_out_the_nest

However, I believe the case can be made that Rue is actually much wiser than Katniss. Unlike Katniss, Rue understands the value of appreciating the little things in life, as exemplified by her love for music. Such a seemingly frivolous passions surprises Katniss, as seen when she says, “In our world, I rank music somewhere between hair ribbons and rainbows in terms of usefulness. At least a rainbow gives you a tip about the weather” (211). My guess is that Rue feels much happier and fulfilled than Katniss does, for there are few things that this District 12 tribute appears to enjoy.

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Arguably the most important and fascinating aspect of Rue is what and who she represents. Rue is a tribute from District 11, which specializes in agriculture. The citizens of this district are forced to work in the field to earn their wages. Much to Katniss’ surprise, the Peacekeepers there are even more cruel and merciless than those in District 12. Rue explains that if you eat the crops while picking them “they whip you and make everyone else watch” (202). Add to the harsh conditions of District 12 the fact that Rue is described as having “bright, dark eyes and satiny brown skin” (98) and what does this all suggest? When the details are broken down and laid out it appears as though Rue is representative of slavery and the horrific racial inequality faced by African Americans. Katniss is taken aback when she learns that conditions in District 11 are indeed worse than those in District 12, similar to how many people are ignorant of the struggles that people of different races and ethnicities are forced to confront on a daily basis. Rue is much more than yet another tribute in the Games; in actuality, she is a symbol for an aspect of American history and society that people are often too eager to forget.

Having realized the complexity and depth of Rue’s character through this second reading, I would be interested to see how much more insight I could gain from reading this novel a third time. Rue is so much more than she first appears to be– a statement that applies to each and every one of us, if only we choose to see it.

What do you think of Rue? Who is your favorite character in The Hunger Games? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Books, Read for English Class

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

I think that many readers– myself included– fall prey to the common misconception that there are two distinct categories of literature. The first of these categories could be considered “hard literature” (I don’t know if these names already exist– I’m completely making them up on the spot). These are the texts we are often forced to read for literature classes, including the classics that sit on our dusty shelves until we eventually feel guilty enough to pick them up and crack open their stiff spines. An obvious name father opposing category would be “soft literature,” which encompasses those books that we willingly read for pleasure.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsOne of the greatest distinctions between these two categories in our minds is our purpose for reading them. The former, we read to analyze, think critically about, and learn from; the latter, we read to be entertained. While I have never been a resolute believer in this concept, until recently it has had at least a slight influence on the way I read. I didn’t realize this, however, until I was assigned to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins in my Introduction to Literature class this past semester.

I read The Hunger Games a few years ago and loved it, but I hadn’t read it since then because the end of the trilogy had kind of put a sour taste in my mouth– but that’s a topic for another day. When I read books like this one I tend to view myself as a fan, but my professor was asking us to read this novel as both a fan and a critic. Intrigued, I was eager to experience the story from a different perspective than when I first read it.

What my class found through close reading and thought-provoking discussions was honestly extraordinary. I never imagined that there were such interesting, controversial undertones apart from the obvious themes involving insurgency, the proliferation of the media, and the ignorance of many people in modern-day society.

For example, we talked about how up until the Reaping when she is forced to wear a dress, Katniss does not necessarily have a clear, definitive gender. She hunts with Gale, wears masculine clothing and even takes on the role of the father figure in her house by providing for Prim and her mother. In contrast, Peeta embodies a much more feminine role compared to Katniss. As the son of a baker he is a very skilled cook and painter, both of which are generally considered to be feminine talents. These observations caused some people in my class to wonder whether or not Katniss was actually gender fluid. While I don’t particularly agree with that claim, it is nevertheless very interesting to think about.

Not only did I discover several deeper layers within this story that can be endlessly analyzed and contemplated, but my overall feelings towards the characters also changed in this second reading. When I first read The Hunger Games years ago I was a firm opponent of Peeta for some unknown reason. In my mind Gale was the more suitable partner for Katniss, and perhaps in some ways that is true. However, after having read the book again I have come to really appreciate and admire Peeta. He’s just an average, innocent guy trying his best to survive, and he has to deal with Katniss’ conflicting emotions regarding himself and the Games. People definitely don’t give him enough credit for his cleverness and ability to strategize. After all, he’s the one who furthers their “star-crossed lovers” image, which is essentially what allows them to survive. He also balances out Katniss emotionally, much more so than Gale. So I must admit that I’ve had a change of heart: I now believe that Peeta, not Gale, would ultimately be a better match for Katniss.

Overall, rereading The Hunger Games has reminded me of all the reasons why I loved it the first time around. It’s one of those books that you can’t help but get caught up in as soon as you start reading it. The concept of the story itself is absolutely brilliant, and I was glad to see that it was still able to excite me even though I knew how it would end. While it will never top some of my personal favorite books and series, it is still evident that Suzanne Collins has written a fantastic novel that will surely continue to captivate readers for years to come.

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Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes! To all of my friends! (And maybe even to a stranger or two… it’s SO good!)

What are your thoughts on this book? What do you think about the concept of “hard” and “soft” literature? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays: December 2nd

WWW WednesdaysWWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words that asks three questions:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsWhat are you currently reading???

Right now I’m reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for my Introduction to Literature class (this will be a common theme in this post!). I read this book years ago and haven’t picked it up since, so I’m looking forward to giving it another go and reading it more closely. My professor always helps us see so much more in literature than what we notice at a first glance, and I have no doubt that I’ll view this series much differently after our class discusses it!

Galileo by Bertolt BrechtWhat did you recently finish reading???

The last thing I read was a play called Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, which I had to read for my Introduction to Literature class. I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would, mostly because of the historical significance behind it. Even though the play itself is about the actual philosopher Galileo who lived during the Renaissance, it explores the conflict between science and religion in a way that can connect with the controversy surrounding the atomic bomb during World War II. Both entertaining and thought-provoking, Galileo is a play I would love to see performed on stage.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle coverWhat do you think you’ll read next???

Since The Hunger Games is the last book I have to read for my Introduction to Literature class, the next book I read will finally be one that I choose to read on my own! I’m not entirely sure what I’ll dive into next, but I really want to get around to reading more Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and perhaps even something Christmas-related. If you have any suggestions for books relating to the holiday season, they would be greatly appreciated!

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but I felt like a quick update on what I’ve been reading lately would be good since things have been kind of quiet on this blog recently.

What are your answers to these questions? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: “Unclickable” Characters

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Some characters just aren’t meant to be your favorite fictional people. You know the characters I’m referring to- the ones that eh, you could do without. For some reason (or many reasons) you and them don’t see eye to eye. We’ve all experienced this, and it’s not a huge issue if they’re side characters. But it IS a problem when you crack open that new book you’ve been dying to read and… you and the main character just don’t click. 

This has happened to me a few times in the past, and it’s unbelievably frustrating. Books and even whole series that I otherwise would have loved have been sort of ruined by main characters that simply irked me in one way or another. In this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish, I’ll be sharing with you the Top Ten “Unclickable” Characters. In other words, these are the characters with whom I just didn’t “click”. If you want to check out my reviews of these books, feel free to click the bold titles- they’re links!

the summer i turned pretty cover1. Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

In this book Belly is around fifteen years old, but HOLY COW is she petty! Her personality really annoyed me because she seemed very immature for a girl her age. Having been a fifteen-year-old girl once, I think it’s safe to say that most of the time they try to act more mature, not like a twelve-year-old.

Ony Everything by Kieran Scott2. Eros from Only Everything by Kieran Scott

My feeling of dislike for this character may come from the writing style of the author, but I’m including her in this list nonetheless. Here’s the thing, people: TEENAGE GIRLS DON’T ALWAYS TALK IN “HIP” SLANG OR WITH SASS AND/OR SARCASM. If Eros was a real person, she would possibly be one of the most annoying people ever.

gone girl cover3. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I didn’t like Amy for obvious reasons *cough* psychopath *cough* but I wasn’t completely supportive of Nick, either. I don’t want to spoil anything huge, but he did some pretty bad things himself that I think a lot of people blindly overlook. It’s definitely a two-way street!

please ignore vera dietz4. Vera Dietz from Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

There wasn’t anything really specific about Vera that I disliked, it was just that she was sort of… bland. I understand that she was sad and grieving and all that, but as a consequence of her blue mood she was rather difficult to relate to and like. Poor Vera and I, we just didn’t click!

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway5. Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

If you read my review of this book, then you probably already know that I have a rather rocky relationship with Hemingway’s novels. This is the second one I’ve read, and I just can’t seem to connect with the characters. Maybe that’s the point, with them being of the Lost Generation and all. Still, it would be nice to feel as though I could empathize with Jake and root for him. Instead, I found myself wondering why he doesn’t just get over Brett and move on. So… yeah. I’ll certainly keep trying, but Hemingway and I don’t really mix.

miss peregrine's home for peculiar children cover6. Emma from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Although I really enjoyed this book, I could have gone without Emma (the love interest). For some reason I felt like she was trying to be an awesome Hermione-ish character, but it just fell flat. Also, I couldn’t help feeling like there was a mission to be done and she was distracting the main character from it with her emotions. I don’t know… maybe I’m missing something? Or being too harsh? I did like her more in the second one, so at least it’s moving in the right direction!

love letters to the dead cover7. Laurel from Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Laurel was okay and I enjoyed this book when I first read it, but looking back I feel as though she was a sort of girl version of Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She was quite depressing, but least in Stephen Chbosky’s novel there are awesome side characters that make it all worth it. When reading Laurel’s letters I simply felt… sad. I guess that was the point of the book, but some positivity would be nice!

me and earl and the dying girl cover8. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I didn’t really care for this book, and the primary reason was because of the main character, Greg. His sense of humor never really did anything for me, and I just thought he was sort of lazy and odd and awful for not wanting to spend time with a dying girl because it would be “awkward”. SHE’S DYING. GO HANG OUT WITH HER.

being henry david cover9. Hank from Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

The concept of this story is that Hank wakes up with no recollection of who he is- which is precisely why I felt barely any connection at all with this main character. And then he goes and decides to walk right into a random high school- yup, that’s a good idea! GO FIND THE POLICE.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins10. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know, I know- it’s Katniss!! Everyone loves her, right? WRONG. I did enjoy this series (for the most part) but Katniss and I never really saw eye to eye. She’s BA and all that, but I completely disagreed with her taste in guys. Here was Gale, a nice guy from her District willing to help her hunt and stuff, but OH NO she had to go after Peeta, who she didn’t even really like at first. It just put a sour taste in my mouth. TEAM GALE FOREVER.

What do you think of the books on my list? What characters have you not “clicked” with in the past? Let me know in the comments section below!

Happy September everyone!!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback… Tuesday???

nfn tttHappy Tuesday!! As always, this Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful blog The Broke and the Bookish. I hope you’re ready to get nostalgic, because this week’s theme is Top Ten Books from My Childhood that I Would Love to Revisit. I had so much fun remembering all of the books I used to love when I was younger, and this list just might inspire me to go back and actually reread a few of them. So, in no particular order:

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson1. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

I distinctly remember loving this book when my teacher read it to us in third grade. I loved how Jess and Leslie were able to create this fantasy world in the nearby woods, a place where they could have fun and just be themselves. I envied them so much- until the terribly tragic ending, of course. Little third grade me was so shocked and devastated! (If you’ve read the book, then you definitely know what I’m talking about!)

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I’ve never actually read this entire series (for some reason I stopped after the third book) and I’ve never even seen any of the movies. But I still think the idea of this series is really interesting, and I love fantasy! This is definitely a series that I might get into again sometime in the near future.

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene3. The Nancy Drew mysteries by Carolyn Keene

I didn’t read every single Nancy Drew book (there are so many!) but I did read quite a few and I really enjoyed them! I remember idolizing Nancy because she was kind, helpful, and always figured out the mystery at hand. She seemed so old to me back then- I think she’s sixteen years old in the original stories- and it’s strange to think that I’m older than her now. OH, THE NOSTALGIA.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins4. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

That’s right: Suzanne Collins wrote books other than The Hunger Games!! When the latter trilogy was published I remember thinking, “Hey, that author’s name looks familiar…” That’s because when I was in fifth grade I was put into a more fast-paced reading enrichment class/program, and one of the books we read was her novel Gregor the Overlander. It’s a mix of sci-fi and fantasy, and I loved it so much that I continued on with the rest of the series by myself. If you’re looking for a unique fantasy series, give this one a go!

Eragon by Christopher Paolini5. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Having a dragon for a pet? Flying on its back? Defeating evil people? Sign me up! This epic fantasy series thrilled me when I was younger, although it took me quite a while to get through at first. There are a lot of details I don’t remember, though, so it’s definitely one of the series I’m considering reading again.

246718_Sch_HouseHack_Cvr_0.tif6. The House on Hackman’s Hill Joan Lowery Nixon

My fourth and fifth grade teacher (I had the same one for both grades) used to read this book to us every Halloween because we loved it so much. Back then I thought it was really scary and creepy, but I wonder if it would be so spooky now… either way, I’m sure this would be a blast to reread!

The BFG by Roald Dahl7. The BFG by Roald Dahl

THIS BOOK. People, this book is fantastic. It stands for Big Friendly Giant, and it is a ridiculous, hilarious, adorable story. The same teacher that read the previous book to us also read this one a lot. I always thought that the giant on the cover was so cute- just look at those huge ears!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle8. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I remember being fascinated (and a bit confused!) by this story when I was younger, and I think it would be really interesting to read it again. It was one of the books that introduced my to the science fiction genre, and it was definitely different from anything else I had ever read at the time.

Poppy by Avi9. Poppy by Avi

I had a thing for mice when I was little- I thought they were the most adorable animals ever! A lot of the books I read had mice as characters, but this was one of my favorites. I felt so bad for the mice in this story because they were always afraid that the owl would get them… funny, owls are now my favorite animals!

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo10. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

I told you I had a thing for mice! I’ve read this book probably four or five times, and every time I read it I fall in love with it all over again. It’s beautifully written and simultaneously heart-wrenching and heart-warming. It’s a children’s book, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t pack a punch!

What were your favorite books when you were younger? What do you think about the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

top ten tuesday: authors I own the most books from

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another week of Top Ten Tuesday, everyone! This bookish meme is, as always, hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From. After analyzing my bookshelves I finally have the results!

1. J.K. Rowling (7 books).

This should come as no surprise, considering my love of her books. I own her entire Harry Potter series, which I absolutely adore.

2. Orson Scott Card (6 books).

Those who don’t know me too well may be surprised to know that I am a science fiction girl at heart. From the wonderful Mr. Orson Scott Card, I own the entire Ender Quintet as well as his novel Pathfinder, which I have not read yet.

3. Michael Scott (6 books).

And no, I don’t mean Michael Scott of the hilarious television show, the Office. I mean Michael Scott, author of the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, all of which I own.

4. Suzanne Collins (6 books).

 Contrary to popular belief, I did not start reading Suzanne Collins’ book when The Hunger Games became a huge hit. Rather, I started reading her fantasy books when I was in reading enrichment in elementary school. Due to my interest in reading as a wee girl I now own her entire Gregor the Overlander series as well as The Hunger Games. 

5. John Green (5 1/3 books).

You may be wondering how I can possibly have a third of a book. Well, that is because John Green contributed one out of three of the short stories in the book, Let it Snow. I also own his novels An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which he co-wrote with David Levithan.

6. E. L. Konigsburg (5 books).

I absolute love E.L. Konigsburg’s books. I first started reading them when I was in third grade, and I still own the copy of the first one I bought! I own The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, Silent to the Bone, The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World, The View from Saturday, and The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. 

7. J.R.R. Tolkien (5 books).

As a fantasy-lover, it is a must that I have these books on my shelves! I own the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion, which I have not read.

8. Michael Grant (5 books).

My middle-school self LOVED Michael Grant’s novels! I even got the chance to meet him in person, which was incredible. I own Lies, Plague, Fear, Light, and BZRK. 

9. Pseudonymous Bosch (5 books).

Chances are, you probably have never heard of this author. This is obviously a pen name, and I loved his books when I was in middle school. I haven’t read them in years, but I couldn’t get enough of them back then. I own his entire Secret Series, and yes, that’s what it’s actually called. If you’re in the mood for something quirky and totally fun, then you should definitely check his books out!

10. Christopher Paolini (4 books).

His books are another must-have for any fantasy lover. I own the entire Inheritance Cycle.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little journey through my bookshelves!

Which authors do you own the most books from? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY