April 21, 2017

Tag Time

6 more weeks of school.
                       6 more weeks of school.
                                                  6 more weeks of school.
This is by far the most prominent thought on my mind right now, and will be for the next..oh..6 weeks? ;)
Anyway, ready for another tag everyone? I've been tagged by Hamlette. It's all about books and reading, and therefore quite fun to fill out! :)

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
I've had a lot of books cycle in and out of my shelves over the years, so it's hard to say which is the oldest one. One that has consistently been on the shelf though, is "A is for Abigail" which is nice, 'cause that's my name! :)

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"Abigail" as in "Abigail Adams, who I really like.

I got this book for my 6th birthday. I love it because it has great illustrations and lots of interesting history. It's also pro-women without being whiny or anti-men.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next?
I picked up a children's book called "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt" from a little free library. It was about a slave girl who learned to sew, and made a quilt that was actually a map for slaves to escape. It was well-written and illustrated, and had a happy ending, so I can't ask for more! :)

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Right now I'm reading "The Penderwicks in Spring" and "The Heirloom Murders". "The Penderwicks in Spring" is more of a kid's novel, but I remember enjoying the first books in the series and couldn't resist seeing how it ended. But honestly it's making me feel kind of sad, because the first book focused on the two oldest sisters (of four) and now they're grown up to be the same age as me and this new book focuses on the youngest, who was four in the first book and now is eleven. It makes me feel all old and grown up, and I miss reading about the older sisters! 
"The Heirloom Murders" is also part of a series, involving a woman who works in historic preservation (like I want to!), and ends up getting involved in murders at living history museums. Think Nancy Drew plus my life plans, and you've got a great series! :) 

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What will I read next? Well, I just bought a book called "The Victoria Letters", so probably that. Unless I get distracted by something else. (I will get distracted by something else.)

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Given that they're "classic" literature,  I'd say that these books are well-liked (though not many people in my school liked them!): "The Things They Carried", "Of Mice and Men", and "A Streetcar Named Desire". No thank you!

4. What book do you keep on telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?
I am still young and naiive enough to believe that I will read every book I want to, so there's no easy answer to this question. :P I'm guessing there will be some classic work of literature that I'll never get to read (books in heaven though?). 

5. What book are you saving for retirement?
I've never thought about this before! Probably a lot of historical biographies and other non-fiction that I'm too "carpe diem" to bother with now. 

6. Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end?
Wait 'til the end, although I am often a hypocrite on this point. :P Especially if I'm partway through and really love a character and care about their future...as in the last page. 

7. Ackknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
Interesting aside, when the author or story is interesting. I tend to read it last, though.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Catherine Morland of "Northanger Abbey"

Austen Heroines: Felicity Jones, Catherine Morland - Northanger Abbey directed by Jon Jones (TV, 2007) #janeausten:

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?) 
The series I'm reading right now (ie The Heirloom Murders) have a lot of situations that are really relatable and familiar to my work as a historic interpreter. It's so crazy and fun to see specific situations that I've been through pop up in a book! 

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This is the first one I read, and it takes place at Laura Ingall's houses!
10. Name a book that you have acquired in an interesting way.
I won a giveaway on Heather Vogel Frederick's website, who wrote some of my favorite books. I got a signed copy of "Absolutely Truly", which was great! I also got two lovely books from the Jane Austen blog celebration this year. 

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11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
No, I don't recall doing that. Now I feel like a selfish book-hoarder. :/

12. Which book has been with you most places?
Pretty much all my books stay at home with me...I suppose I have taken some to work, but rarely beyond that.

13. Any "required reading" that you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?
I'm still in high school, so there's nothing I've read here that I've changed my opinion on. I will say that though I've certainly never hated reading the Bible, I've come to enjoy it a lot more in the last year or so, and I get a lot more out of it than before.

14. Used or brand new?
Definitely....both. :P The real question is which smell better: new or used? To which the answer is still a definite "both"!

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
*looks up Dan Brown* Nope!

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Yeah, probably Little Women. It's a great book, but an even greater movie. Or at least, the story is amplified through the film, and the book is improved when I read it with the film's images in mind.

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17. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included?
"Pancakes, Pancakes!" by Eric Carle. I haven't read that book since I was like 5, but mmm I still remember wanting pancakes after I read it!

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18. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?
My mom's. :)

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g. out of your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
My normal genres are classic literature and historical fiction, so the thought of reading a book on political theory wasn't on the top of my list. But after I read "The Road to Serfdom", my views on history, government, humanity...pretty much everything either changed or were validated. It's a pretty short book (more like a pamphlet, really), so I highly suggest reading it!

Now the rules say that I have to tag at least four people. Well perhaps I'm a terrible blogger, but let me put it this way: I'm pretty sure more than four people will read this post so...anyone who hasn't been tagged, you're it! If you want to be it, that is. ;) 

April 8, 2017

My Return From Life and a Tag

Hey there! It's been a while, hasn't it? *checks post history* Ok, so more than a while. I guess I've got some explaining to do:

What the authoress has been up to:

. Playing violin in four performances of "On the Town".
. Getting the flu for a week, and missing most of school.
. Fighting an uphill battle with senioritis, made worse by said missed school.
. Getting 4 wisdom teeth pulled out on the first day of spring break
. Having little inspiration/energy to blog, yet watching quite a few movies, such as:

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Florence Foster Jenkins. I have mixed feelings on this one. 
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Beauty and the Beast. Don't approve of everything in there, but still an amazing movie!

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Ever After: so lovely!

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Cinderella: I needed to see this again, and loved it!
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A Little Chaos. Do not be deceived by the picture, I actually didn't like this movie!
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War and Peace: 8 hours in 2 days. This one did something to me, for sure. 
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The Pianist. A Holocaust movie that will change the way you think about the world. 

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Bridge of Spies
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The Bronte Sisters

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The Young Victoria, which I had to see after watching Victoria. ;) 
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Amazing Grace. LOVE this movie!

Now I know you're probably thinking I'm a lazy bum/couch potato who doesn't do homework or even blogging! But I should point out that a. I was an invalid for 2 weeks with my flu and wisdom teeth, and b. now I have a lot of reviews to blog about! ;)

Next time, I'll try to post a literary tag that Hamlette kindly shared with me. Until then, toodle-oo!

Which of these movies have you seen?
Which movie do you especially want a review of?
Have you had your wisdom teeth out?
Are you suffering from senioritis?