Hey, you guys! Happy 2019! How was your New Year?
Originally this was supposed to be my 2019 reading list, but after I scheduled it I had a sinking feeling that it was going to be awfully boring. XD So a few days later I rewrote it. Then it got too long. XD Today I’m going to surmise some books I am planning to read!
The Anne of Green Gables series has always been a favorite of mine. When my besties and I decided to go on a picnic at the local arboretum, I knew that we must have a chocolate cake. In the beginning of Anne of Ingleside, Anne, now a mother of five children, is back in Avonlea where she was raised, and she and her “bosom friend” Diana go on a “do-you-remember” picnic to reminiscence old times. Anne bakes a chocolate cake…and so that is where the idea of a chocolate cake on our picnic came from.
It’s been a while since I last wrote one of these posts, hasn’t it? And I certainly have been reading some good books. We’ll start with….Dickens.
Bonjour, y’all! (Wow…that was French coupled with southern American English. Wow.)
I decided to re-write my old book review on Rilla of Ingleside. I had been learning about WWI in World History, and picked up Rilla for about the three-hundredth-twenty-seventh time. I fell in love with the book again, and decided to re-write a better review. I just love this book so much! *sighs*
“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.
You all know that it is necessary to start good habits when you are young, but what about reading?
Reading the classics helps to shape children’s minds and improves their brain. If you start them on good, wholesome books that are interesting for their age level, it will influence them for good and they will learn to like reading. I see reading as a lost art. A hundred years ago, reading was a prominent form of recreation. Now, so many children hardly read for themselves anymore and most of what they do read is required for school. I hope that my cousin Lyric will love to read as I do when she gets older. I hope that I can influence her and I hope to never hear her say that she hates reading. I have heard that before and it is always disconcerting to me.
I love to read. When I say love, I mean I absolutely adore reading so much that if I had the time, I would probably read, eat, cook, and sing 24/7. That would be the best life. I have read so much history and historical fiction that if you ask me about a subject (say the Pilgrims for example) I will give you every single detail on it. I learn more through story-books than textbooks. Don’t get me wrong, I learn from textbooks, but I absorb more through story-book material. It’s like this; school is like broccoli (which I love, actually. Yes, I know I’m weird.). Textbooks are plain broccoli. Story-books are like broccoli with cheese sauce. Or soy sauce. (Or maple syrup…okay, maybe not.) Much easier to go down. When you read a historical fiction novel, you live in the time. You experience everything the main subject goes through. Textbooks are just like, well, “This is what happened. Memorize the dates and names. You’re done.”