word of the week

Word of the Week

Bibliotaph (n): one who hoards and hides their books

Guilty of this one, guys…

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“Number the Stars” Book Review

NUMBER THE STARS BY LOIS LOWRY

The Nazi Occupation of Denmark has affected Annemarie’s life in countless ways. She can’t talk on the streets in the same way for fear a solider will hear. She doesn’t get quite enough food because of rations. Now her closest and dearest friend may be taken away, because of hate. Annemarie can only pray she’ll have enough strength to help those she loves.

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Hello Everyone! It’s been ages since I posted a review. So, sorry about that. But I finally have one up so I hope you enjoy it.

Number the Stars was one of the very first World War II novels I read! I was instantly hooked. And I may have read it in nearly one sitting…

I think I liked this book so much because I really connected to Annemarie. She is quite possibly one of my favourite WWII heroines. Annemarie is believable and honest but still relevant and relatable for youth in today’s age. That’s actually very much the feat! And she cares so much for Ellen, her best friend…and that’s actually the largest point of conflict in the story. Which leads us to…

…Plot! “Number the Stars” is excellent in this department. This story is never, ever boring. The climax had a me biting my nails! And Lowry does a remarkable job of creating enough twists and turns to keep the novel interesting, but never confusing. So, thumbs up to the author!

I think one of the really special things about this one is that it can be read and enjoyed by all. I would have no difficulty handing “Number the Stars” to an eight year old or to an eighty year old. Really, if you haven’t read this book before go and get yourself a copy. You won’t be disappointed.

9/10

Bye for now,

Leigh

book thoughts

Bookish Quotes

Okay, guys! It’s not a book review (and it’s a bit late in coming), but it’s book related. Here are some of my favourite lines, musings, and quotes about or from books:

 

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

~ C.S. Lewis

 

 

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

~ Charles William Elliot

 

 

“A good book has no ending.”

~ R.D Cumming

 

 

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien (from

 

 

“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.”

~ L.M. Montgomery (from Anne of Green Gables)

 

Well, it was a short post today. But I hope you’ve appreciated these wonderful quotes! They are some of my favourites and all of them are so true.

By the way, does anyone have any good book recommendations? I’ve been on the prowl for a new read, so if you’d like to share one with me, in the comments, please do! I would love chat.

Until next time,

Leigh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Entwined” Book Review

ENTWINED BY HEATHER DIXON

Azalea and her eleven younger siblings are strictly prohibited from dancing for a year after the death of their mother. The thing is..they really love to dance. But then they stumble upon a magic passage and a man called the Keeper. He graciously allows them to dance in his passage. But the thing about the Keeper is…he like to keep.

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I actually just finished this book last night! I love fairy tales and I just recently found this one on a Good Reads list. I bought it on my Kobo right away and I was instantly in love.

I think the sisters make this story so special. There are twelve of them (although the story focuses on the eldest three: Azalea, Bramble and Clover) and they are all named after plants and in alphabetical order! I really enjoyed the relationship between them all. All loving, but not perfect and they get annoyed at each other frequently. Azalea, however, is the main protagonist. She’s kind, but she has temper. She loves dancing more than anyone else. All the younger sisters really look up to her and I think it’s the cutest thing. Then there’s Bramble. Oh, Bramble! She’s the spunky one and it often turns out to be hilarious. Clover is next and she is by far the quietest and kindest. She’s wonderful. It is true: there are a lot of sisters to keep track of, but they each have distinct personalities so it isn’t difficult to remember who’s who.

I also really enjoyed reading about the relationship between the sisters and their father. They don’t understand each other as first, but as the story progresses they realize that everyone hurts in their own way. But I also thought it was special to read about the father/daughter relationship because it took center stage, as apposed to the romance in the story. Actually, it was all very refreshing! But don’t get me wrong because the love stories (yes, there is more than one) are the cutest thing. Ever. But I don’t want to spoil anything, so you’re going to have to read the book yourself.

I couldn’t write a review about this book without mentioning the Keeper. He’s mysterious and loves to hang about in the dark, he’s also a wonderful dancer. The Keeper in the perfect antagonist and as the story progresses, you can see that more and more. He’s so perfectly evil.

Well, this has mostly been a study of characters and relationships! But Heather Dixon had done them so exquisitely that I had to keep them as the focus. However there is one last thing that I really want to mention: magic. I think it was really well done in this novel. It had special reasons and quirks, which I thought was great. However, I really loved that the dark magic of the Keeper was overcome by the magic of love. Okay, okay. I know it sounds corny, but that’s not how it comes across in the book. You’ll have to read it to see what I mean.

Two thumbs up to Heather Dixon! She has created a wonderfully exciting and sweet retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princess. I will for sure be reading more of her works!

So, have you read this one? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments!

8/10

 

~Leigh

 

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“Anne of Green Gables” Book Review

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES BY L.M. MONTGOMERY

Anne (with an ‘e’) is an orphan with a wild imagination! And she’s extremely excited to meet the brother and sister, who have adopted her. Only there had been a mistake and they don’t know it’s a she…which could prove a problem since the wanted a boy to help with the farm work.

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Gosh, I love this book! I always thought Anne was the most relatable and then my idea was confirmed when I found out she was an INFP, like myself. I grew up watching the original series with Megan Follows as Anne and I always loved it. Then when I was about 10, I read my great-great Grandma Lucille’s copy, printed in 1909. That copy has a special place in my heart as well as my bookshelf.

I think one of the best elements in the book, are the characters and their relationships. My favourite is that between Anne and Marilla. At first they seem like night and day, with Anne being dreamy and Marilla practical. But then they start to get along and realize that they aren’t so different after all. Then there is Marilla’s brother, Mathew. In him, Anne finds a kindred spirit. Dear old Mathew is the softest soul in the world and he spoils Anne to bits. Next is Anne and Dianna. The two actually remind me of me and my best friend! It’s hilarious. They get into so many adventures and misadventures…especially misadventures. And last but not least is Anne and Guilbert. Anne hates him at the beginning for calling her carrots (she’s a tad sensitive about her red hair). But he loved her from the start. I love to see this relationship grow from hatred to friendship to love. Its truly special.

I love the prose in this novel as well. It’s written so much like Anne: flowery and imaginative. Some might want to call it purple prose because of that, but I think it suits the novel. It gives it more depth and soul. Maybe it’s just me but I think it’s awfully poetic.

“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”

~L.C.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

(I have so many favourite quotes from this novel, it’s hard to just pick one!)

Well, maybe I’m biased or something because I’m Canadian and my Mum’s from PEI, but I think Anne of Green Gables in one of the best books. Ever. If you haven’t read it, you should. It’s sure to make your soul happy.

10/10

~Leigh