Monthly Archives: March 2016

Classic Children’s Literature Checklist!

In this post, I’m going to be putting out a list of classic children’s books, and we’ll see how many I’ve read! I originally saw this done by Angela, and you can check out her post here. All of the books that I haven’t read will be in red, while the ones that I have will stay in black.

Total number of books I’ve read-46/50
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christen Andersen
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Wonderful World of Oz by Frank Baum
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Corduroy by John Freeman
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
White Fang by Jack London
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Curious George by H.A. Rey
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Eloise by Kay Thompson
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Even though I have read most of them, I’m kind of surprised that I haven’t read more of these books. I would love to see how many books you’ve read! Let me know either by writing a post, or just leaving a comment!

-Leah

A Fish to a Fisherman: A Persona Poem

I had to write a persona poem for my English class, and I really liked how it turned out. I figured I’d share it with you guys! Enjoy!

You just caught my brother, my sister, and friend.
The terror you inflict seems to never end.
The rapid river running, brings your boat near.
With a boom and a crash that now fills me with fear.
You sit quietly, waiting for someone to take the bait.
And innocent child, his first and last mistake.
Your worms are so tempting, a delicious treat.
We all are just looking for something to eat!
When the movement draws near, survival instincts kick in.
It’s all because of you Mr. Fisherman.
I know that you want money and food,
But don’t you think it to be quiet rude?
How would you feel if I tempted you out your door,
You’ve won a new car, but wait, there’s more!
After you enjoy your brand new treat,
It’s somebody else who gets to eat.
Think of this next time you get on the sea,
Fish have feelings too, don’t you agree?

-Leah

Lady Midnight!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness guys! I’m about to burst! I just finished Lady Midnight, and I can’t right now. I actually can’t. I definitely need to write a review on this one, so what do you think? Spoilers, no spoilers, or half without and half with? I’m having a serious book hangover right now! Wow! Leave a comment so we can fangirl/boy together!

Shelf Candy Saturday #2!

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I know that the cover isn’t as important, that it’s what’s inside the book that counts, but there are some books that have gorgeous covers, and they deserve some recognition for that. Shelf Candy Saturday is a weekly meme created by Pitch Black Sky. I actually haven’t read this yet, but this weeks book is…

Clare

Synopsis:

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across LA, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

I’m so excited to read this book!

-Leah

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a young adult fantasy novel. Red Queen takes place in a dystopian universe where the world is divided by blood type. The Reds are considered underdeveloped, and either have to get a job, work as slaves, or get drafted into the army when they turn eighteen. The Silvers have special powers, and are considered to be like royalty. The Silvers are in a much higher social class then the Reds. Just before Mare Barrows eighteenth birthday, she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. When she trips and falls onto an electric shield, Mare discovers that despite her Red Blood, she has powers of her own. The royal family fears her potential and decides to present her as a long lost Red princess. When Mare becomes betrothed to the younger Silver prince, she is walking on thin ice. Despite the fact that one misstep could lead to her demise, she begins working for the Red Guard, a secret resistance group. Throughout the novel Mare learns that anyone could betray anyone.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because while the idea of the novel was really cool, I feel like it didn’t really get anywhere. I really enjoyed parts of this book, and I’m definitely going to read the next book, but the conclusion left something to be desired. This book had an abundance of twists and turns, and was filled with major plot twists. I felt like I was on a roller coaster while reading this book, and I didn’t love it. I was so excited to read this, and it just wasn’t as amazing as I expected it to be from all the hype. The thing is, I shipped Mare and Maven so hard. That was a fail.

-Leah

This or That Book Tag

Wow! I just realized that I was tagged by Milou to do this tag at the beginning of the month so I figured I better get a move on!

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

The Questions:

1.Reading on the couch or in bed?

I usually read in bed since most of the time I’m reading at night.

2.Male or female main character?

Umm… I don’t really have a preference. I think I enjoy reading about female main characters but really either as long as they’re well written.

3.Sweet or salty snacks while reading?

Usually something sweet, as long as it’s not super sweet.

4.Trilogies or quartets?

Trilogies, but I’m not really sure why.

5.First person or third person point of view?

I prefer reading from a third person point of view so we get the chance to build our own feelings and views without having the main characters beliefs pushed onto us.

6.Reading in the morning or the evening?

Both! I usually read in the evenings though because I have to leave for school early in the morning, but on the rare occasion that I do read in the mornings, I really enjoy it.

7.Libraries or Bookstores?

I used to only get books from libraries, but now I am a firm bookstore supporter. I think it’s more of a selfish thing for me, because I love watching my collection grow, even if I don’t always go back and reread the books that I have.

8.Books that make you laugh, or cry?

Definitely laugh! It’s so easy for a book to make me cry, but while I do like both, I prefer laughing to crying any day!

9.Black or white book covers?

I don’t really care, so black I guess.

10.Character or plot driven stories?

Even though they both can be amazing, I think I prefer plot driven stories.

I tag…

All of the bloggers I tagged here have amazing content, and you should totally check them out! Let me know if you do this tag, because I would love to see it.

-Leah

Shelf Candy Saturday #1!

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This meme was created by Pitch Black Sky and when I saw it, I just had to join! Shelf Candy Saturday is a weekly post showcasing some of my favorite beautiful book covers. This weeks beautiful cover is…

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These Broken Stars by: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Synopsis:

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder – would they be better off staying in this place forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

I just got this book from the library and I’m super excited to read this! What are some of your favorite book covers? If you decide to join in this meme, leave a link to your post so that I can go check it out!

-Leah