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I’m going on vacation! I can’t wait, since I haven’t had a vacation in so long! I’m going to Orlando for a few days for a family reunion, then I’ll head to Savannah to stay with my sister for a few days. It’s going to be so much fun hanging out with family, especially my sister since she moved away. Anyway, I’ll have my laptop with me since the hotel is supposed to have free wi-fi. I will definitely try to post if possible and I’ll be checking in occasionally. Hope you guys have fun during this next week like I will!
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1. Little Women’s Jo March – This was probably the first ‘adult’ book that I read and I absolutely loved Jo March. I loved her attitude and intelligence, especially considering the time period she lived in. I wanted to be just like Jo when I was younger. I wanted to write and open a school like she did in the later books.
2. Harry Potter’s Severus Snape – I loved a lot of characters in this book. They were all great, but Snape always held a special place in my heart. Everything he went through in his life and how he spent it atoning just touched me. It seemed like he could just never catch a break. He was bitter, which was understandable, but he was only human. I literally cried when he died, in both the book and the movie.
3. The Boxcar Children’s Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny – This has to have my absolute favorite series when I was a kid. I loved the thought of living on my own and being independent, just like these siblings did at first. Even after they live with their grandfather they are still responsible and self-sufficient. I loved the mysteries that they solved and the way they always stuck together.
4. The Fairy Godmother’s Elena – This book and entire series is a spin on the traditional fairy tales. I loved all of the books, but this one the most. In this book, Elena had all of the makings of being a Cinderella type character, except for the small problem of her prince being way too young. So through some other machinations, she becomes a Godmother instead. I loved Elena because she was so practical and refused to feel sorry for herself. When she was being abused by her stepmother and stepsister she kept her head up. When her fairy tale didn’t come true she decided to get on with her life. Elena worked with what she had and was content with her life. Which is why it was so much better that she got her happy ending.
5. Charlotte Web’s Wilbur and Charlotte – This was a gorgeous book with wonderful characters. Who wouldn’t want to meet the adorable Wilbur and his best friend Charlotte? Despite my fear of all things insect, I would definitely make an exception for these two.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird’s Finch Family – I fell in love with this family when I first read this book in middle school. It was required for school, but I never regretted it. (The movie was amazing as well.) Atticus Finch was a father that anyone would be lucky to have. And Scout and Jem would have been a lot of fun to play with as kids.
7. Ender’s Game Ender – I think that Ender would be a fascinating person to meet. Highly intelligent, rational, and yet young at heart when allowed to be. He was a great character to read about especially when he was younger.
8. The Heist Society’s Katerina Bishop and friends – Maybe it’s just my inner criminal, but I’ve always wondered what it’s like to be a thief. What’s it like to crack a safe or pick a lot or steal a painting? Maybe that’s why I love movies and shows like that. (‘The Italian Job’ and ‘Leverage’, anyone?) This books was great in that the people doing this were teens! It’s like twice the fun! I would love to meet this group and maybe even join them on a job or two.
9. Frontier Magic’s Eff – This is a series based on an alternate history of America in which magic exists. The main character Eff is a girl that has grown up thinking she’s unlucky and cursed, and manages to be stronger than she ever gave herself credit for. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love a strong female character.
10. Winnie the Pooh – Who wouldn’t want to meet this cuddly bear? Everyone’s friend, kind and thoughtful. Even if he is a little forgetful and loves honey just a little too much, he would still be a great friend. And Tigger, too!
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I hope that all of you in the U.S. with me have a very Happy Fourth of July! Go out, have fun, and see those fireworks!
My old Sentra was about to give it up, so I figured it was time to get a new car. And I love it! Isn’t it pretty? It’s a 2012 Toyota Corolla in Black Sand. I think I’m in love.
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Summary from Goodreads:
Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, ignorant of her father’s identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large extended family living in the Clayr’s Glacier. She doesn’t even have the Sight — the ability to See into the present and possible futures — that is the very birthright of the Clayr.
Nonetheless, it is Lirael in whose hands the fate of the Old Kingdom lies. She must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil — one that opposes the Royal Family, blocks the Sight of the Clay; and threatens to break the very boundary between Life and Death itself. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, to help her, Lirael must find the courage to seek her own hidden destiny.
I actually read this series years ago and decided to read it again. I’d forgotten how much I liked Garth Nix. What are you reading right now?
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* Ash in Fashion now has a series about building a better wardrobe. This is something that I definitely need to do in my closet. I think it will be my project this summer. Her first post focused on creating wardrobe goals and the second post focused on figuring out what you need. I can’t wait to read more of the series.
* I used to love using Comic Sans all the time. This monologue cracks me up! It’s an old one, but still good.
* Sometimes you need a break from the internet, but you don’t know what to do. Gala has a great blog post of 100 things to do instead of being on your computer. I especially love numbers 13, 16, and 58.
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* This fairy garden is so elaborate and gorgeous. It’s perfect for kids both big and small.
* Who doesn’t want to be smarter, prettier, and less awkward?
* I love to try out new recipes, even if they don’t always turn out the way I planned. As such, I absolutely love Annie’s Eats. She has great recipes to try out. She has everything from appetizers to pasta to my favorite, cupcakes. I’ve already tried her vanilla cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, and her cream cheese frosting. I will definitely be trying out more soon. Especially something like her hazelnut macarons with nutella filling or her baked french toast. Now I’m hungry…