What I’ve Been Reading


“It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Guess what I’m quoting from? It’s a very well-known historical fiction novel set in the age of revolution. Still don’t know? The next sentence might help.

“There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face, on the throne of England; there were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a fair face, on the throne of France.”

Why are the two cities in bold? Ahh this is the worst game of charades one has ever played. If you still don’t know what I’m quoting from, I give up.
A Tale of Two Cities
-Charles Dickens-

Is there a look of recognition on your visage now? I certainly hope so. I had better move on to the rest of the post, though, instead of rambling over your *cough* ignorance.

But as this conversation is currently taking place with a very ignorant person out of my imagination, I apologize to that invisible individual. Let’s move on?


Recently, I haven’t been reading as much. Shocking, isn’t it? But when I have been reading, I have been reading literature of significance. Alright. I admit it – Mary Poppins is not considered Literature of Significance. But I had just received it. And if I were the average teenager, I would probably say something like, “DUDE THIS BOOK ROCKS!” but I’m not the average teenager. So I shall simply make the comment that it was fantabulastical. (Guys, I just love Mary Poppins. Favorite fantasy series ever. Then comes Narnia.)

Anyway. The Literature of Significance. This week I have been learning about the French Revolution in school. Because it is World History, everything is a brief summary. So I have been trying to supplement my textbook history with historical fiction novels and just literature from the various time periods I have been learning about. It provides more information and makes it a lot more interesting when I do it this way! So, on Sunday, I read Henty’s In the Reign of Terror. THIS was really quite fascinating! I’m slowly warming up to Henty. So far I’ve read The Dragon and the Raven, Wulf the Saxon (middle ages) and half of The Cat of Bubastes (ancient Egypt). In the Reign of Terror was a little different than the other Henty novels I’ve read. Henty said himself, in the preface, that it was more of a story than history – and was he right! Because of this, I found it a lot more interesting. It still most definitely had history in it, but it was written more story-formish than his other literature.  Honestly, I thought it was really good. Four stars! ****

Then, I watched the movie Amazing Grace, which was set in England during the French Revolution. It is about William Wilberforce and the abolition of the slave trade. So good, and I am definitely going to try to write a review on it sometime. Five stars, for sure! *****

A few nights ago, I read the first book of A Tale of Two Cities. Apparently there are three books in it. The first is only five chapters long. It’s a little confusing…and more dark than some of Dickens’ other novels. However, you wouldn’t expect bubbles and rainbows in the time period that it is set in. So far though, it has been very good and I’m eager to read the rest of it. I enjoy Dickens’ literature so much! I’ve read eight of his novels and a small book of short stories called Mudfog and Other Sketches. Mudfog was a little confusing, but I’m going to re-read it.

So that’s what I have been reading recently! Before that I managed to read an unabridged copy of Robin Hood for the first time, which I also enjoyed. Rather different than the Disney animated movie. (Ugh, Disney, why do you always have to change everything!??)

Oh and by the bye, I took the top photo! My friend loaned me her DSLR for like, fifteen minutes and I took the picture of my books.


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