Review: A House of Tailors

Book: A House of Tailors (2004)
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff
Genre: Upper MG, Historical (1870s)
Rating: 4 Stars

house-of-tailorsBasic Plot: Dina is coming to America. It was supposed to be her sister on the boat, but plans don’t always go the way you intend. When her uncle sees her at the dock, he isn’t happy. And the situation at her uncle’s isn’t quite what Dina was planning for either. She wants nothing more than to escape the life of a seamstress. The problem is that the Uncle is a tailor, and he expects her to help him as part of her keep. That’s when Dina decides she’s going to start saving her money so she can buy a ticket back to Germany. However it’s not going to be as easy as she thinks.

WHAT’S COOL…

1) History is my thing. And it’s been awhile since I’ve read a good immigrant story. This one happens to be about the 1870s in New York City. One of my favourite historical sites in NYC is the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. While technically this story takes place in Brooklyn, I assume there’s a lot of similarities. So, it was fun to read a story that has a setting from one of my favourite museums! Complete with the sewing machine!

2) The Uncle and Dina go head-to-head. First, I love how he’s called the Uncle. Not Uncle Lucas, but just the Uncle. It perfectly encapsulates their relationship. Then compare Dina’s relationship to Barbara (the aunt, but always called just Barbara) and baby Maria, who give Dina the love and support she needs so far away from her family back in Germany. (And, as it turns out, the Uncle isn’t as bad as all that.)

3) Dina’s a feisty one. I admire her determination and her quick thinking. One of my favourite stories involves the small pox plot. I loved it even more when I found out that this is a story that stems from the author’s own family history!

4) I like how the hats come into play in the story. And can I say that I was cringing during the scene where she’s a brand new maid at the rich lady’s house. She’s just supposed to take breakfast up and leave it for the mistress of the house, but when she sees all the hats… Well. Ooh, boy!

5) I love the twist with the sister. I’ll leave it at that.

WHAT’S NOT COOL…

1) I’m not sure I completely bought the motivation near the end of the book where [SPOILER] the Uncle decides to send Dina back to Germany, like she wished.[END SPOILER] I understand the reason why the author needed this to happen, but I wasn’t totally sold on how it fit in with the plot.

2) Also, the relationship with Johann is a little odd since she’s only 13 years old. During those scenes, she seemed so much older, like I was suddenly reading a book about a 16-year-old. Again, I understand why the author did this, but at times this plot-line almost  seemed too old.

FINAL THOUGHTS

My rating is 4 Stars (out of 5) – I really enjoyed this book. Which isn’t too surprising since I really enjoy reading almost everything by this author. I’d recommend it to anybody who loves history, especially if you love a good historical book about the immigrant experience in New York City.


YOUR TURN…

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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Photo Challenge #30 / Summertime

20180726ma_3972“Sunflower and Sunshine” / Theme: Summertime

A little about this photo…

Ah, sunflowers plus sunshine equal summertime. The way I’ve shot it, it looks like this sunflower could be in a field of sunflowers. Of course, it’s not. Actually, it’s in front of the local hardware store. And for the past couple of weeks, I’ve walked past and thought to myself, “There’s my Summertime photo prompt!” But, of course, I never had my camera with me. Until now. And I’m very pleased that the sun was in a good place, just to add that little extra summery sparkle. 🙂


THIS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is posted every Saturday. Please join me in posting your own photos with #2018picoftheweek

Newbery Verdict: The Egypt Game

The Egypt Game // by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1967)

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Genre: MG, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Basic Plot: When April meets Melanie and her brother… that’s when the Egypt Game begins. It starts off pretty simple, just an empty lot and a lot of imagination. And then the boys come and join the fun. But there’s danger in the neighbourhood. And somebody has their eyes on the children. Nobody notices except Melanie’s brother, four-year-old Marshall.

MY THOUGHTS…

I love the imaginative play and creativity of these kids… how they immerse themselves into this whole land of Egypt. I love how the boys will have nothing to do with the girls at school, but are totally into the game as soon as they’re out of sight of their peers.

One of the best parts of this book is watching the friendship develop. First we see April and Melanie, but that circle quickly widens to involve Elizabeth, and then Ken and Toby. (And I love how Ken just doesn’t quite get the whole Egypt thing, but he’s here anyway!) There’s more to this theme, but I won’t spoil it. And I particularly enjoyed the character arc of April.

And this book has one of the best ending lines ever. I won’t spoil it, but it’s quite genius!

FAVOURITE QUOTE…

“But as the Egypt Game became second nature to its six participants, and they began to feel more and more at home in the land of Egypt, they gradually began to forget about being cautious. Ceremonies, discussions and arguments began to be carried on in normal or even louder than normal tones, and no one stopped to worry about being overheard.”

(Chapter 15)

NEWBERY VERDICT…

So the Newbery winner for this year (1968) was From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg. Oh, boy. Both these books are SO good. In fact, I would have had a very hard time choosing between the two. My gut tells me that they chose the right book, but man, The Egypt Game really is a close second!

YOUR TURN…

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!


Newbery Verdict Reading Challenge: This is a personal challenge for me to read books that have either won the Newbery Medal, or are a Newbery Honor book. The Newbery is named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. Since 1922, this annual award has given to the author of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” A Newbery Honor book is given to the runners-up.

Quick Pick Reviews #8

Clementine // by Sara Pennypacker (2006)

Genre: Lower MG, Contemporaryclementine

My Thoughts: A cute story about an ants-in-her-pants girl named Clementine. She gets in trouble for helping her school friend cut her hair. And she’s always being sent to the principal’s office.

But Clementine has a big heart. I love how she tries to help out her dad and mom. This book is definitely meant for a younger audience. I loved the illustrations! [4 Stars]


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing // by Judy Blume (1972)

Genre: MG, Contemporaryfourth-grade-nothing

My Thoughts: I can’t believe I haven’t read this book until now. Peter is in fourth grade, and his nemesis is his little brother: Fudge. In some ways, this book reminds me a lot of the characters of Beezus and Ramona (Beverly Cleary). Fudge is definitely a Ramona character, and (from what I can tell) goes on to having his own books.

I loved the story of the turtle and how that plays into the plot. And the visit by the dad’s client and his wife. The birthday story is also pretty funny, especially the kid that doesn’t want to stay, but then doesn’t want to leave. [4 Stars]


Raymie Nightingale // by Kate DiCamillo (2016)

Genre: MG, Historical (1975)

raymie-nightingaleMy Thoughts: This is the story of three girls: Raymie, Beverly, and Louisiana. As Louisiana likes to say, they are the Three Rancheros. They are all preparing to enter the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. I love the idea of incorporating Florence Nightingale into the story (I loved Florence Nightingale when I was a kid. In fact, all my dolls were named Florence.) Although, that part of the story didn’t pan out in any way that I felt was very meaningful. It somehow lacked something.

Overall, though, the three girls are delightful. I love their chemistry and antics. And Louisiana’s grandmother is adorable. (Just saying!) [3.5 Stars]


Quick Pick books are always recommendations. (If I don’t recommend the book, it’s not a Quick Pick!)

Photo Challenge #29 / Glass

20180718ma_3913“Blue Marbles” / Theme: Glass

A little about this photo…

I love this jar of blue marbles. As a kid, I remember having my own collection of marbles. I had my favourites. I don’t remember ever really playing marbles, but I did have them. I even knew some of the names of the different types (which I have since forgotten). I wonder what ever happened to my collection?


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100 Authors to Read

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YA and MG Edition…

Years ago, I took a Children’s Lit course at university. We asked our professor for her list of favourite books for kids. She told us that she’d rather give us a list of her favourite authors. That comment (and list) inspired this post. (Sadly I don’t have her list any more. But I am forever thankful that she introduced me to some of my favourite children’s authors!)

A few things…

1) I haven’t read ALL the books by these authors. The books in parenthesis are just a sample of their work only. For some authors, I could list many, many books, but I didn’t… to keep the list tidy.

2) Also, just because I’ve put an author on this list, doesn’t mean I like every single book they’ve ever written. I don’t.

3) You may notice some weird omissions on my list. (J.K. Rowling, any one? For the record, I’m not a huge fan of J.K. Rowling. I know that’s just my strange (and not very popular) opinion. But don’t worry, it’s okay. You can have her name on your list!)

4) Some of these authors I read when I was growing up. However, some I discovered as an adult. I have only included books that I enjoyed BOTH as an adult and as a kid.

5) I must say that it was hard to come up with the names of 100 authors. Some of these authors I love more than others. And there may be an author or two that I have forgotten. So, I have a feeling this list may morph…

6) This is a list of Young Adult and Middle Grade authors, with a few Picture Book authors thrown in. I will admit, it’s more heavily weighted toward the MG side 🙂


Maria’s List of 100 Authors to Read

  1. Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
  2. Avi (Secret School; Button War)
  3. Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting)
  4. Blue Balliett (Chasing Vermeer)
  5. Ludwig Bemelmans (Madeline)
  6. Jeanne Birdsall (Penderwicks)
  7. Judy Blume (Iggie’s House, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing)
  8. Michael Bond (Paddington Bear series)
  9. Jean de Brunhoff (Babar series)
  10. Frances Hodgkin Burnett (The Secret Garden)
  11. Rob Buyea (Because of Mr. Terupt)
  12. Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game)
  13. Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  14. Gennifer Choldenko (Al Capone Does My Shirts)
  15. Beverly Cleary (Ramona books; Dear Mr. Henshaw)
  16. Andrew Clements (Landry News; Loser Club)
  17. Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl; Half-Moon Investigations)
  18. Suzanne Collins (Gregor the Overlander; Hunger Games)
  19. Susan Cooper (Dark is Rising)
  20. Frank Cottrell Boyce (Framed; Cosmic)
  21. Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon)
  22. Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons)
  23. Christopher Paul Curtis (Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963; Bud, Not Buddy)
  24. Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  25. Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie)
  26. Edward Eager (Half Magic, Knight’s Castle)
  27. Elizabeth Enright (The Saturdays)
  28. Eleanor Estes (The Hundred Dresses)
  29. Louise Fitzhugh (Harriet the Spy)
  30. Sid Fleischman (Whipping Boy)
  31. Anne Frank (The Diary of a Young Girl)
  32. Neil Gaiman (Coraline)
  33. Stuart Gibbs (Spy School; Belly Up)
  34. Patricia Reilly Giff (Pictures of Hollis Woods; R My Name is Rachel)
  35. Shannon Hale (Princess Academy)
  36. Christopher Healy (Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom)
  37. Anne Holm (I Am David)
  38. Jennifer L. Holm (Penny from Heaven; Turtle in Paradise)
  39. Sara Lewis Holmes (Letters from Rapunzel)
  40. Ji-li Jiang (Red Scarf Girl)
  41. Norton Juster (The Phantom Tollbooth)
  42. Dick King-Smith (The Sheep-Pig)
  43. E.L. Konigsburg (From the Mixed Up Files…)
  44. Gordon Korman (The Juvie Three; Pop; Swindle)
  45. Ingrid Law (Scumble)
  46. Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted)
  47. C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia)
  48. Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking)
  49. Arnold Lobel (Frog and Toad)
  50. Cynthia Lord (Rules)
  51. Maud Hart Lovelace (Betsy-Tacy books)
  52. Lois Lowry (The Giver; Number the Stars)
  53. Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time)
  54. George MacDonald (The Princess and the Goblin)
  55. Patricia MacLaughlan (Sarah Plain and Tall)
  56. Wendy Mass (11 Birthdays)
  57. Alexander McCall Smith (The Five Long Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean)
  58. A.A. Milne (House at Pooh Corner)
  59. L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables; etc.)
  60. Pam Munoz Ryan (Echo)
  61. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Shiloh)
  62. E. Nesbit (Five Children and It; The Phoenix and the Carpet; etc.)
  63. Jennifer A. Nielsen (False Prince)
  64. Robert C. O’Brien (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH)
  65. Scott O’Dell (Island of the Blue Dolphins)
  66. Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia; The Great Gilly Hopkins)
  67. Gary Paulsen (Hatchet)
  68. Kit Pearson (A Perfect Gentle Knight)
  69. Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit; The Pie and the Patty-Pan)
  70. Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons)
  71. Ellen Raskin (Westing Game)
  72. Louis Sachar (Holes; Wayside School)
  73. Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars; Okay for Now)
  74. George Seldon (Cricket in Times Square)
  75. Dr. Seuss (Cat in the Hat; Sneetches)
  76. Polly Shulman (Grimm Legacy)
  77. Shel Silverstein (The Giving Tree)
  78. Betty Smith (Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
  79. Dodie Smith (I Capture the Castle)
  80. Lemony Snicket (Series of Unfortunate Events)
  81. Zilpha Keatley Snyder (The Egypt Game)
  82. Elizabeth George Speare (Witch of Blackbird Pond)
  83. Eileen Spinelli (The Dancing Pancake; Where I Live)
  84. Jerry Spinelli (Maniac Magee)
  85. Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me; Liar and Spy)
  86. Trenton Lee Stewart (Mysterious Benedict Society)
  87. Shawn K. Stout (A Tiny Piece of Sky)
  88. Noel Streatfeild (Ballet Shoes)
  89. Mildred Taylor (Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry)
  90. P.L. Travers (Mary Poppins)
  91. J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit; Lord of the Rings)
  92. Mark Twain (Huckleberry Finn)
  93. Wendelin Van Draanan (Running Dream; Flipped; Sammy Keyes books)
  94. Vince Vawter (Paperboy)
  95. Eugene Velchin (Breaking Stalin’s Nose)
  96. Cynthia Voigt (Homecoming; Bad Girls)
  97. Jean Webster (Daddy-Long-Legs)
  98. Gloria Whelan (Homeless Bird)
  99. E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web)
  100. Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House books)

How many of these authors have you read? (I’m very curious about that, actually.) Also, any names you would add to YOUR list? (And since it’s your list, you may even put down a certain Author-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!)

Newbery Verdict: The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars // by Gary D. Schmidt

wednesday-warsNewbery Honor Book (2008)
Genre: Upper MG, Historical Fiction (1960s)
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Basic Plot: Holling Hoodhood is the only kid in class who doesn’t have catechism or bar mitzvah lessons on Wednesdays. This means he’s stuck in school with his teacher. And guess what? She’s not exactly keen on having Holling there, and he’s convinced that she’s out to get him. This is confirmed when she assigns him the task of reading Shakespeare. And so begin the Wednesday Wars.

MY THOUGHTS…

This is the story of a boy and his teacher and how their relationship blossoms. One of the best scenes is when Holling suggests they come up with a code so that he knows he’s doing something right. Her response is to basically roll her eyes.

I love all the Shakespeare references. It’s fun how this extends to Holling’s life beyond the classroom, when he finds himself in the theatrical production of The Tempest. Of course, this fact gives us no shortage of conflict involving the school bully and yellow feathers.

The title of this book is spot on. The Wednesday Wars brings out the themes of the war between Holling and his teacher; the war between Holling and his sister; between Holling and his dad; between the dad and the rival architect; and of course, the Vietnam War itself since this is a book set in the 1960s.

FAVOURITE QUOTE…

“No teacher jokes,” I said. “No one ever laughs at teacher jokes.”

“All right… No teacher jokes.” …

“And no rolling your eyes, even if someone says something really stupid.”

“I never roll my eyes,” said Mrs. Baker.

I looked at her.

“All right,” she said. “No rolling eyes. Anything else, coach?”

“When someone does something good, I think you should let them know, with some sort of code.”

“I think you mean that when someone does something well–as in obeying the rules of proper diction–we should use a code. What do you suggest?”

“Well, maybe ‘Azalea’ for something good, and ‘Chrysanthemum’ for something really good.”

“Thank you, Mr. Hoodhood. We’ll dispense with the code, and I’ll simply use the unvarnished English language to tell you when you’ve done something well. But as to teacher jokes, folding of arms, and rolling of eyes, I’ll consider your advice.”

(Chapter – March)

NEWBERY VERDICT…

My rating is 4.5 Stars (out of 5) – When I first read this book about 10 years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d never read anything by this author before. And I loved it! The Newbery Winner that year (2008) was Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz. I haven’t read it, so I can’t comment. But another Newbery Honor for 2008 was Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (which I have read; and also love). If I had been one of the Newbery decision-makers that year, I’d have had a hard time choosing between those two books!

By the way, there’s a companion book to this one called Okay for Now, which features Holling’s friend: Doug Swieteck. You can read my review here.

YOUR TURN…

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!


Newbery Verdict Reading Challenge: This is a personal challenge for me to read books that have either won the Newbery Medal, or are a Newbery Honor book. The Newbery is named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. Since 1922, this annual award has given to the author of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” A Newbery Honor book is given to the runners-up.

Photo Challenge #28 / Something Grows

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“Peek-a-Boo” / Theme: Texture

A little about this photo…

I love the texture of this weathered, old gate. And of course the lilies that are peeping through add a nice pop of colour. I could have picked a dozen prompts for this, but I finally decided to go with the “Something Grows” prompt.


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I Wanted to Love This Book But…

**Please note that there MAY BE SPOILERS in this blog post. Whether it’s for this book, or for The Secret Garden.**

I wanted to love this book. Really I did.

And I tried. I even managed to finish it, in hopes that I would like it.

return-to-secret-gardenThe book in question? Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb.

Sigh.

I started to write out my typical review: What’s Cool / What’s Not Cool. And I just kept coming up with points for What’s Not Cool.  I’m not sure I had a single point for What’s Cool.

So, I’m writing this post instead.

This is one of those books that couldn’t survive without the original. In fact, that’s why we (the reader) pick it up. To return to a book world we love. In this case, the classic story of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The best thing for me about this book (the Holly Webb sequel) was figuring out the connections. Like who’s Martha? And Dickon? Colin was an easy one to figure out (since he’s obviously the “new” Mr. Craven). And I will admit, I kept reading to find out how/when Mary comes into the story. (So, I guess I have a point for What’s Cool after all!)

Sigh. But then…

The MC (Emmie) is not very likable. Not that this is weird in and of itself. Because Mary Lennox of the original is not very likable either, especially at the opening of the original story. But Mary grows on you. The author tried to do this with Emmie, and it sort of works, but not like it did with Mary. In fact, I felt the comparison between the two girls a little heavy-handed!

And then there’s the problem of identical plot points. A grouchy old gardener? Check. A sympathetic robin? Check. Ghostly cries in the night? You better believe we got those as well! (Can you see my eyes rolling?)

First of all, that last one (the ghostly cries) worked in original book because of the SECRET of Colin Craven. (Mary’s not supposed to know about him.  And she doesn’t—and we don’t either—until she discovers the secret.)

This new book doesn’t have a secret like that. And the revelation? (Can you see my eyes rolling again?)

Mary does come into the story. I had suspicions quite early on about how this would happen. Cue more eye rolls. (I was hoping for something a little more original.)

And guess what! The garden isn’t so secret anymore either. I mean it sort of is, but not really. IMHO, that part of the story was also a bit of a bust.

I could go on, but I won’t.

I don’t know why I even bother with these types of books. (I had a similar experience a few years ago with Before Green Gables, by Budge Wilson. I think I have a headache now.)

So, why do I even read these books? I think it’s because I know these authors must LOVE these stories as much as me. Why else would they want to write sequels or prequels or whatever. They want to bring us back to the characters we love so much. But sadly, it never quite works out that way.

Will I try another of these types of books in the future?

Maybe.

Because, at heart, I’m an optimist.

Although, maybe not for awhile.

YOUR TURN…

Have you read this book? Did you love it? Am I being too critical?

Tag / Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you Suziey Bravo @ Of All the Books in All the Libraries for the nomination of the Sunshine Blogger Award. This award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. It’s always nice to know that people enjoy what you write on your blog. I certainly enjoy reading Suziey’s posts. Be sure to check them out!

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog

Suziey’s Questions For Me:

1. Would you rather travel back in time and alter history or go to the future and find out how and when you die?
I guess I’d choose to travel back in time. But I don’t know if I’d try to alter history. I’m of the opinion that altering history might just bring about worse events. (I think I’ve seen too many movies!) But I’d like to go back in time and visit some of my favourite time periods. Regency or Victorian England would be my first stop.

2. Think of your favorite word. Recommend a book whose title corresponds with a letter in your favorite word. 
This was a hard one. I finally came up with the word “Ellicott”. I like how this word rolls off the tongue. [Edit: I just realized that I did a book for every letter. I don’t think I was supposed to do that. Anyway, I’ve decided to leave it. Consider the other books to be bonus recommendations!]

E – Ella Enchanted // by Gail Carson Levine

L – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe // by C.S. Lewis

L – Little Women // by Louisa May Alcott

I – Iggie’s House // by Judy Blume

C – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory // by Roald Dahl

O – On the Banks of Plum Creek // by Laura Ingalls Wilder

T – The Time Garden // by Edward Eager

T – Tuck Everlasting // by Natalie Babbitt

3. Who would win in an arm wrestling game, you or your best friend?
Hmmm… We’d probably start the arm wrestling match, then say, “Let’s have tea instead.” And we’d have tea. It’s a tie! Yay!

4. When was the last time you binge watched a show and what was it?
Lucy Worsley’s history presentations. From Jane Austen to the Russian Czars to the history of the British fascination with all things Murder. (Thank-you to one of my RL best friends for recommending Lucy!)

5. What place would you never ever want to visit?
Anyplace that has poisonous snakes, spiders, or other such creatures that live in the wild.

6. Have you met any celebrities before, and if so, who?
I haven’t really met any big celebrities. But I did once see Princess Diana. She was visiting Niagara Falls with her sons and they went on the Maid of the Mist (the boat that takes tourists to the falls). My friends and I stood at the top watching the boat. Of course, we couldn’t actually see them, but we waited patiently. Finally, the van carrying the royals drove up the hill and by the viewing platform where we were standing. My one friend screamed (she was the true royal fan among us). I had my little trusty camera (110 film!) and snapped a photo. Of course, I had to wait about a week to see if the photo turned out. It did! (I wish I could show it here, but unfortunately it’s not in my current location.) That’s my celebrity story. I saw Princess Diana for 2 seconds… through a viewfinder of a camera.

7.  Do you hear yanny or laurel? (Click here, listen to the audio recording, and then come back and write your answer)
I heard Laurel. Not sure what that means, though.

8. Is there anything you miss about your childhood?
I think I miss the carefree days. The days when I could spend hours reading and playing. (Although, my current life isn’t all that bad.)

9. What is your favorite music genre?
Probably classical music. But I also like musical theatre music. (Although I don’t really like Hamilton... Too hip-hoppy for me!)

10. What would be the title of your autobiography?
Here’s a Good Book… Then I’d spend the book trying to convince people to read good books. (I’m not sure what kind of autobiography THAT would be.)

11. What is the first/oldest memory you remember?
I have a memory from when I was probably three years old. There was a house my grandmother and I visited (some friends of hers). They had a “playhouse” under the stairs. I was in heaven! I have never been back to this house, but to this day I remember the joy I had playing there.


My Nominees:

Elza Kinde // Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf // Purely Olivia // MoMo @ Remnants of Wit // Rosi Hollinbeck // Norrie @ Reading Under the Blanket // Crimsonprose // Dani @ Perspective of a Writer // You!

*Note: Don’t feel obligated to do this tag if you don’t have the time or have done this one already. 

My Questions For You:

1. What book did you read over and over when you were a child? What did you like about it?

2. Have you ever written fanmail to an author (or other famous person)? Who? Did you  get a response?

3. You are driving across country with three fictional characters. Who’s driving? Who’s navigating? Who’s there just for the fun of it? Who’s always asking to stop to go to the bathroom? (Remember, you’re in the car, too!)

4. You’re a famous photographer and you have been commissioned to take a portrait of your favourite author. Who is it and why did you choose this author? (In this scenario, time does not matter. So, feel free to choose an author who is either dead or alive.)

5. Would you rather… your favourite author read their next book to you; OR dedicate it to you, where your name will forever be immortalized?

6. You’ve just been kidnapped by a notorious gang of (you guessed it) kidnappers! The members of the SWAT team sent in to rescue you are characters from the last book you read. Who is coming? (And is this a good thing?)

7. What is your favourite quote?

8. You walk into a room. There are three people in the room. Each person is a fictional character that you absolutely cannot stand. Who are these three characters?

9. What was your dream job as a kid? Is it anything like what you do now?

10. You are going to be exiled on a desert island for three months. What are three books you would take with you? (No need to worry about escaping/survival guides. This is a luxurious desert island. There’s just no internet or other such distractions.)

11. Who gave you your love of reading?

Tag! You’re it.