blogging, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Uncategorized

Two Princesses of Bamarre

“Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a thrilled audience of Addie, their governess, and the young sorcerer Rhys.

But when Meryl falls ill with the dreaded Gray Death, Addie must gather her courage and set off alone on a quest to find the cure and save her beloved sister. Addie takes the seven-league boots and magic spyglass left to her by her mother and the enchanted tablecloth and cloak given to her by Rhys – along with a shy declaration of his love. She prevails in encounters with tricky specters (spiders too) and outwits a wickedly personable dragon in adventures touched with romance and a bittersweet ending.”

I Love this book! My sister introduced me to this book, and I have read it multiple times. It stars Meryl the Princess who wants to save her kingdom, her little sister Addie, on the other hand does not, she is content to watch as her sister plays at saving the kingdom. I love Addie, her personality is something I related to as a kid, she is not very courageous in the beginning, she is scared of almost everything, but when it comes down to it she bucks up her courage and leaves to save her sister. Family means everything to her.

Gail Carson Levine is a great author I have read many of her books and love them, I get drawn into them every time I read them, regardless if it is the tenth time or the first time I read it. The way that she developed Addie’s personality and lets her find her way while still staying true to the base of who Addie is, created a princess who has the courage to go out and find a seemingly impossible cure for a sickness that threatens her sister. Throughout her journey Addie grows as a Princess and a person, she gains the courage she needed but still contains the vulnerability she had at the beginning of the adventure.

One thing I love about this book is that reason, Addie, Meryl and Rhys are characters one can relate to and are not out there so relatable that they’re fantastical story cannot seem unreal, that it should not happen to them or that something is off about it. It is the perfect mix of Fictional, and reality. The reality is that we all face hard things in our life and while people will let us down and we face things in life that we may think we cannot handle but we do, and do with courage. Though I cannot speak for Levine and why she wrote the book and what she wanted readers to take away from it, but what I get from the book is that no matter where in life one goes, family and friends are always looking out for you.

Addie, Meryl and Rhys, are imperfect characters, that do not try to pretend that they are perfect, they know that they have faults, they accept that, they embrace it and when doing that it helps them get to their end goals in the adventure and they are able to get through it all. I love this book and strongly recommend it to any reader not matter their age! It is a timeless tale that is longing to be enjoyed by people for years to come. As my Favorite quote from the book states “Step Follows Step, Hope follows Courage, set your face toward Danger, Set your Heart on Victory”

Books, Fiction, Uncategorized

Why Reading Brings Joy

Reading. A lot of people think it is just words on a paper, trees that have been cut down to form books. These words on a page do so much more than just site there on the page to be read for a class assignment. There are books out there that teach someone something new, and I am not just talking about the textbooks that college students spend hundreds of dollars on every semester, I am talking about the books that tell a fictional story. one that may be completely made up, one that has no bases in the ‘real world’. these fictitious books come from a persons mind, someone who dreams of a world where almost anything can happen.

Reading is an escape from reality. what ever reality you want to escape from. there is no rule that says what kind of reality you have to be in to have the want  to escape from. Escaping from a reality where you feel trapped because you don’t know how to tell people that care about you that you cannot do something at the moment or you don’t want to do something. reading and words help express feelings and bring out emotions that may other wise be hard to get out. words on a page are so much more than just that.

One of my favorite others, I say one because I have many, C.S. Lewis says this about reading, “Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality. There are mass emotions which heal the wound; but they destroy the privilege. In them our separate selves are pooled and we sink back into sub-individuality. But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like a night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.”. Reading brings people together. I can and will talk for hours about books with anyone who will listen. In fact one of the best was to get me to talk is to ask about books.

I Cannot express how much reading can do for a person. sometimes it can be easier to connect with a character in a book than it can be to connect to a real person, and through that fictional character you can begin to better express yourself to those around you. I Personally have have trouble connecting with people, so one way that I, (with my mother’s hep) have found to help that is to read, through that I am able to recognize different things. I also make a point to read all sorts of genre, and styles of books, this gives me something to talk about with people who read. When a day had been particularly rough and I want to be alone but not alone I am able to pick up my book, no matter what it is and know that I can loose myself in that world for hours and feel better when I close the book and return to reality.

Anyone who knows me knows that I will always have a book on me, books give me a sense of security, knowing that I have something to read, makes me happy. I am always looking for a good book to read. I Love taking suggestions for books to read and will add them to my ever growing list. an example of this is, a girl who lives down the hall from me told me about a book series, “Splintered” by A.G. Howard, a different take on Alice in Wonderland. I ended up buying the first book in the series, I really enjoyed it.

Books connect people to those around them in a way that will transcend time, through reading one can feel connected to the past when they read a piece that was written in or is set in another time period. As the Tenth Doctor said, “Books! people never really stop loving books. 52st century. By now you’ve got holovids, direct-to-brain downloads, fiction mist. But you need the smell. The smell of books, Donna. Deep breath!”

So go read a book today they are a cheap way to have and adventure without, danger and without leaving your couch!


blogging, Books, Uncategorized

The Purpose of this Blog

Hi! My Name is Elle and I Have decided to start a blog about books! I have a passion for books. they are one of my favorite things. I always have a book with me and am almost always reading. I Have decided to do this because I want to share what I Think about books. I am not just talking about a certain kind of book either, I am talking about all kinds of books. before I Start that i am going to tell you a little about myself. I Am a senior in college (I graduate in May) with a Bachelor’s Degree in History (Liberal Arts, Non-Teaching). I Have 4 Siblings (2 of whom are married) I am second youngest. other than reading I cross stitch, and dabble in writing, and knitting. i love to Geocache with my family, and go on motorcycle rides. some of the books I have read include: Dreamhouse Kings by Robert Liparulo, Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, Infernal Devices and Mortal Insterments by Cassandra Clare. Left Behind (Kids and Adults) By Jerry Jenkins and Tim LeHaye. There are many many more that i have read and love. i have close to four hundred books in my personal library, which is growing all the time! one thing i love to do is tell people about books and help them find a new book or series to love, so by starting this blog i hope to accomplish just that. I plan to update once a week or so with a new book each time. there is a possibility of spoilers so beware. some posts may be longer than others and some books will be ones that i have had to read for a class. i can post a list of all the books i own if requested to do so. if you have any suggestions for me i will gladly accept them! that is all for now!