The world is full of books and people who read books and write books and edit books and people who sell books. My point is that we have a culture in which books play an important role. I have a list of go to recomend-able books for assorted age groups and such. I know that you probably have a book that you want everyone to read. But here is my top Five Books That Everyone should read and why.
1.) The Book Theif. Its my favorite-est book. Ever. It's starting to take hold and is required in some advanced English classes. I'm so proud of it. *wipes tear and sniffles a little*
2.) Artemis Fowl. The whole series on this one. Its really great fantasy. But there is plenty of action and such as well.
3.) Two words, Dude. Harry. Potter. Read it. Love it. Or Voldemort will come for you.
4.) So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones. Or anything by Jenny. Why, you ask? Because Miss. Jones is one of the funniest Christian Chick Liturature Authors, EVER. I laugh histarically whenerver I read anything by her. Plus it's Christian, and therefore, not dirty.
5. The Westing Game. Good book. Quick read. But the main reason this is a favorite is because it is a muder mystery. its so good it makes me want to sing. LAAAAAAAA!
And there are many more that I have read and will read. But I'm running out of material on the to read pile so if you would be so kind as to post recomendations, that would make me really sing. LAAAA!!! LAAAAAA!!!!! LAAAAAAAAA!!!!
(Just remember that I have read many books. My fantastic cousin Morgan can testify, she has like half my books)
Well... Maybe she has more like 2/3. The library has about 1/3. I know that doesnt add up because i have like 1/6 or 1/8 or 1/10. It feels like 1/10.
Bye! And thanks again to Morgan for babysitting my books!
For this blog post, I'm doing something very special. I have a guest blogger! It's my cousin, Jade!
I recently had the honor of spending a week at Disney World with her and my other assorted family members. And Jade and I constantly got on the subject of the world famous Disney princesses. Come on, we all have seen the movies and have our favorite one. They are our secret role-models. Let's admitt it.
Anyway, this blog is Jade and my's reflections on the Disney Princesses (imagine that in pink swirly letters, it sets the mood up quite nicely).
Jade: She's charming, beuatiful, and a bit ditsy. What girl can't, or doesn't want to relate to that? ;) I love the way she always sees the bright side and truly lights up any room, and that she embraces and loves the work of a virtuous woman (cooking, cleaning, kissing the heads of dwarfs, exct.)
Emily: She has nice hair. And befor you right me off as shallow, think about it. Its all black and shiny, and in a super cute bob cut. But I agree with Jade, she's ditzy. I mean, evil old lady offers you an apple? Just say NO!!!
Jade: Even though she has been tredded upon and quite frankly; abused by her step mother and step sisters, she does not loose her temper or become any less sweet and gentle. On top of that, she is drop-dead gorgeous. But these are the things that make Cinderella a great roll model; she never stops hoping, whishing or dreaming. Optimism is one of the greatest qualities that a girl can have, and Cindy has most definetly got this one covered!
Emily: Honestly, she's a wee bit gullible. Her evil step mother makes her scrub the floors and wash the dishes till her dainty little hands bleed, and she still thinks shes going to the ball? But she and her mice friends probably did have a future in the sewing business, if she hadn't, you know, married the prince.
Jade: My favorite princess!!! The best thing about Aroara (who I consider my namesake because she is another jewel) is her grace and elegance. She is said to be the most beautiful out of all the princesses. Another great quality of hers is inocence. She's been kept from knowing her true identity for the majority of her life, and has been raised as a peasant girl without a care in the world. It results in a kind of carefree inocence; but when told she is a princess, you can see that she does not take anything lightly.
Emily: I think her little animal friends are cute and so is her prince. But I really cant believe she didnt suspect that she was from somewhere else for her whole life. The fairies must have put something in her food or a charm on her or something. But she is the prettiest one.
Jade: I admire Jasmine for her self-worth and complacency; hence her line "I am NOT a prize to be won!" but this does not make her become unaware of her femininity. She still caries on with grace and beauty and is fully aware of her charms. Witty and independant, Jasmine is a princess with a lot of charisma.
Emily: Jasmine is my FAVORITE!!! I feel like we could be close friends, if we didnt live in seperate time periods. Plus she has a pet tiger! I want a pet tiger!
Jade: Belle is inteligent and witty, and aspires to be more than the status quo requires of her. While every good (and bad) little french girl seeks the admiration of Gaston, Belle knows that there is something (or someone) better for her. She also desplays courage and tenderness in recuing her father.
Emily: Don't tell anyone I said this but of all the Princesses, Belle is the one I relate to the best. It's stupid how similar we are sometimes. Really, it is.
Jade: The amazing warrior-princess. Mulan has more character quality than meets the eye. She is beautiful, but does not recognise it and is very humble about her looks and over-all mannerisms. But this does not stop her when her father's life becomes in danger. Seeing all of the risks that she is taking, Mulan runs away from her home and saves all of China! Thus making her the honorary warrior-princess.
Emily: Mulan is my second favorite. A lot of people dont think of her as a princess, but, as you can see, I am not one of them. I used to watch this movie like every day!
Jade: I love Ariel for her personality, she's an ever-so-curious-princess who is downright unsatisfied by life under the sea. She not only trades her fish tail for legs; but gives up her voice. She works hard to acheive her goals and still cares for those around her. Ariel is the most intricate princess out of the disney princesses.
Emily: I must say that I will forever be jealous of Ariel for her hair. Second, I think that a voice for legs is a wee bit of an unfair trade, I'm just saying.
Jade: Ambitious, loving, strong and beautiful are the words that describe Tiana. However, she takes chances, wishes, dreams and hopes. Even though she is a total work-aholic she keeps a smile on her face and has an inteligent, upright disposition.
Emily: I think Tiana is a work-o-holic. But for some reason, that's ok. For some reason, I think she went through to much more than the other princesses. Plus she makes a mean gumbo.
Jade: Where can I start? This girl has so many different hobies, feelings, and soooo much hair, but only one dream. Even though her evil mother Gothel forbids her to step outside the tower, Rapunzel takes the chance and sets off on a whirlwind adventure. Her inocence beauty, and pluckysticktoitivness make her a true rolemodel.
Emily: Before I say anything about Rapunzel, I must say that Flynn Rider is one of the most attractive annimated charecters I have ever come across! Now, Rupunzel. That girl is clueless, but that ok because she is unsocialized, the poor dear. I have to admire this chick's independance. Plus she has magic hair, so that's cool.
I know it was a little long faithful readers, but wasn't it worth it because you got to hear from someone besides me!
Tally-ho and toodle-ooo
-Emily (and Jade)
I will now explain!
Every two weeks I get vocabulary words, twenty to be precise. And now, in order to showcase my outstanding vocabulary, I will blog with eloquent language! The vocabulary words are underlined.
And for your reading pleasure, this blog is even more enjoyable when read with a British accent.
The voluminous crowds at Disney World are enough to make anyone waive their opportunity to attend. But it would be stupid to obviate myself from the journey. We did meet our fantastic family members there. But really I do abhor being around so much chaos. Some would argue that the commodious space in the parks disperses the crowds, but I would have to discern that they are wrong, deeply, deeply wrong. It's rather corrosive on one's spirit to be buffeted about like a pinball. Although Disney amends it with excessive junk food and martinet fast-pass checkers. You may be pleased to find that the Dumbo's ride is extant and thriving.
Disney does a good job of implicating all of their various parts. I'm sure every single project ever observed by their company is represented. The toilets may be squalid and the employees somber (and that is very reprehensible), but its a great deal of fun to watch the turbulent and vociferous crowds.
The homeschool class that I took there was admirable. Basic physics was the subject. Yes, gripping, I know. Just as I was about to become a renegade student, I learned that several people have been actually intered in the haunted mansion. Yes, creepy and weird, I know.
Later Dude (thats really fun to say with a british accent).
Ok, raise your hand if you've read the book or seen the movie. Ok we have one, two.....
Now raise you hand if you just raised your hand at the computer.
I read the book (or the book was read to me, whatever floats that boat of your's) in fifth grade. I'm pretty sure I watched the movie around that same time. But I reviseted the world of the Tuck's yesterday. And let me tell you, that movie was beautifully done. Really it was fantastic.
For those of you who have not read or seen, the story is that this family drinks from this magic spring and is now immortal. Well, not really immortal. It's more like stuck at their respective ages and they can't die. Seriously, they got shot and they were totally fine. Crazy right? But also totally fiction. Anyway, the Tuck's have been hidding out in the forest but they know they have to leave because the forest is being cut down for timber. Winnie Foster runs into them, they don't know if they can trust her and basically, she's held hostage, but then she starts to like Jesse Tuck, and they fall in love but the tucks have to leave and then one of them ends up in jail and Winnie helps them escape and then they have to leave. And then comes one of the saddest moments in all of movie-dom (the movie kingdom.
After telling Winnie that he will come back and they can be together forever, Jesse Tuck jumps on the back of the family wagon and yells ,"Winnie Foster! I will love you till the day I die!"
I cried like a pinched baby.
Five minutes later the movie is over
After composing myself, which took much longer than it should have, I went to bed.
And then I questioned what I would do if I could live forever. I still don't know what I would do first, I guess it wouldn't matter because I have forever.
So the long and short of it is that the movie made me sad and made me think. Both are terrible things for a movie to do.
It's a time of gift exchanges, crazy shopping, and family bonding. Some have gone so far as to say that it's the most wonderful time of the year. I wonder why. Is it the gifts? The end of the year looming on the horizon? Quite honestly, I don't know. It's probably the "perspective" that everyone gains at this time of year.
It may be the fruitcake, or the cookies. It's probably the paper cuts from wrapping the gifts. Wait, it's the movies. The ones where the main characters save Christmas. Come to think of it, Christmas is always needing to be saved. It's like some kind of damsel in distress or something. It's probably the music. The songs that have been rerecorded and rewritten from infinity and beyond.
Now don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. I'm not Scrooge. Scrooge is not me.
Anyway, everyone loves this time of year because of the greatest story of all time. That's right. Drum roll please!
Drum da da dum!
The birth of JESUS!
So, Merry Christmas
I love this picture mostly beacuse we all look rediculous (well, mostly me). Except Mom. Mom isn't even in this picture.
There are many things to say about this word. One. It's not really a word or an acronym, its sort of in the middle. It's National Novel Writing Month. Basically you write a novel in a month.
Now, most authors spend years working on their books (well, all the good authors). The editing and publishing process takes a LONG time. Every year thousands of authors, amateur and professional, write a novel in a month.
A recent poll discovered that 80% of Americans want to write a book or have thought about writing a book. Barely any of these people have gotten published or even wrote the book in the first place. Nanowrimo gives you a chance to write that book. Get it on paper.
The only reason to sign up on the nanowrimo website is so you can check your word count and go into chat rooms and, if you win, get prizes. If your under the age of 18, then you can sign up on the Young Writers Program site. If your older, you sign up on the main website. Actually if your over 13 you can sign up on the adult website. The only difference is that on the adult site, your novel has to be 50,000 words. On the YWP, you can set your word count anywhere.
But writing a whole book in a month, that's hard folks. Really hard. You can't edit, can't go back and change stuff. Just write, write, write as fast as possible. Because reaching the word count goal is everything. If you reach the goal, you win. If you don't, you lose.
But winning isn't everything. Mostly because you don't actually win anything, just bragging rights and a link to buy a t-shirt (it has a big arrow on it pointing toward the face and it says WINNER!). That's all.
Now I can hear you saying to yourself, "Well, Emily. Bragging rights and links to buy $25 t-shirts are cool. But why would you do that if you don't get anything out of it."
I would reply by saying, "Well, reader of my blog. I get other things out of the experience as well. I get self esteem and experience in the writing process. Also, I get to meet other people (in chat rooms and forums). Plus at the end of the month I have something that I'm just a little bit proud of."
And, you never know if you'll become the next Rowling or Meyer or Patterson or Alcott. Ok, I will probably never measure up with Alcott, but I sure can try.
Oh yeah. I did win. Just so you know.
This came with the bragging rights.
Vegitarianism. Gosh, when you say it like that it sounds like a religion or something. I wonder who even came up with the idea of it. I mean, they probably loved animals, had insanely slow matabolisms, and didn't care if they were protien deficiant.
Anyway, as mentioned in a preveous blog, I tried vegitarianism for the month of October. Quite frankly, 24 hours into it I wanted to quit. Not eating meat just doesn't work for me, plus I have a deep seeded hate for cows and I feel bad when I eat vegitables because of my Veggie Tales friends. I mean, what if I ate Bob's cousin or Larry's sister or Junior's uncle. Or worse, the charecters themselves.
I will now try to comprise a list of all the times I ate meat in October.
On the 2nd I ate that little smocky. A week later I had a piece of chicken off of Mom's salad. I had some chilie a couple days later, then I had some soup that was practicly so full of meat I couldn't pick it out, I swear. And today I had more chilie. And there were a couple other times, but some things shouild be kept private.
The point is I can't live without meat, and tomorrow I will have a steak dinner to celebrate.
Now tomorrow also starts something very important. Meaning Nanowrimo!!!!
for those of you who don't know what that is (a.k.a. everyone). It is National Novel Writing Month (see Na-No-Wri-Mo) or Write A Novel In A Month Month. I'm expecting insanity out of this. writing starts at midnight.
Oh and Happy All Hallows Eve.
This one is short. Sorry.
Veggie Tales, the fantastic ,the wonderful, the hilarious. Dang, I love those guys. Pa Grape is my favorite. I have started re-watching all of the episodes we have on DVD this week, but that was less than half of out collection (which included VHS and DVD). So the amount of Veggie Tales submersion has been low. Now some of you may be saying to yourself 'Veggie Tales! Why is she watching those, when she could be having a Star Wars slash Lord of the Rings marathon?" The fact of the matter is that Veggie Tales is more stimulateing for the senses. The colors are brighter, and quite frankly it's more happy than anything on right now.
For those of you who haven't read it, The Hunger Games is a trilogy. I think I will do a three part series for this one.Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.(summary and cover art taken from amazon dot com)
I don't know how to put the thoughts going through my head after finishing this book into words. I'm pretty sure it was something like this.
Then a day later I was like,
- Glad thats over.
- So what happenes next?
- That would make an awesome movie
- That would make an awesome, scary, fight-to-the-death, screaming, bloody, shoot-people-with-arrows, oh-my-we-all-gonna-die movie
- I should play the lead!
This book was AH-MAZE-ING. I love it, love it love it. But as Dumbledore says in the Goblet of Fire,"This competition is not for the faint-hearted." The main charecter, Katniss, has the most Eeyor-like personality I have ever encountered, ever. I mean she is creative and she always looks like she knows what she's doing, but she is so blunt about everything and just so sad. Its awful how depressed this chick is. Plus the girl can not take a hint. Almost the entire book I was yelling at her, "YOU IDIOT!!! HE LOVES YOU!!! QUIT TRYING TO KILL HIM!!!" I mean, hello, it's ok to trust people.And then there is Peeta (who, unfortunately, really likes Katniss). The whole time I was wishing he was real. He's just so amazingly thoughtful and awesome and trusting and kind and sweet and loving and faithful and wonderful and attractive and.... Sorry, he is just so darn lovable. Plus he bakes! How awesome is that? Excuse me, while I freak out. TEAM PEETA!!!! WOOOHOOO!! GAIL RHYMES WITH FAIL!!! Ok, I'm good.I think this book series will always be ranked in my head up with Harry Potter and Artimis Fowl and all those other amazing books. Even if I do hate half the characters with a passion.