Hi everyone! So, lately I've been going and reading a bunch of Ancient Greek/Ancient Roman/Ancient Egyptian stuff (this prompted the failed attempt at reading Homer's Iliad. I got about a third of the way through before all of the spelling mistakes and editing errors really got to me. I still plan on finishing it someday. Just not with the copy I've been reading.). I used to go through these phases where I read everything I could get my hands on about a certain Ancient civilization. The Maya, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans... if you wanted a random fact that probably wasn't useful about one of them, I was your girl. Although I usually don't obsess over singular civilizations anymore, it's still fun to read representations of how people lived. I got this book a while ago, and I thought that you guys should be given the opportunity to like it as much as I do!
Hello every-very-few-body! I hope you are all having a good Easter weekend - I know I did, even though I was admittedly sick for the last week and a half, which on the upside gave me a lot of time for reading. Because (I know, grade one English teachers are probably frowning, but you can start a sentence with 'because') of this I read the classic Animal Farm by George Orwell.
George Orwell wrote this shortly after (Possibly even during, I am not entirely sure) World War Two, during the communist/'socialist' vs. capitalist frenzy as well as everything else that I know we all know about to some extent (if for some reason not, Google is your best friend.) This is a book directly about the Communist/Socialist vs. Capitalist issue at hand at the time, just under a very loose, very thin veil. George Orwell was fantastic in writing this book - he kept it just veiled enough that no one could prove anything about the book and have him imprisoned and most likely killed for it, but he also made it obvious enough that if you know anything about the history of Socialism, and how it turned into Communism in most places - well, you will get pretty much everything in this book. You will get everything that Orwell thinly disguises, from the who is who, to the what place is what place, what symbolizes what, etc., etc.
This one is more for the girls, I am going to admit that right now. I own a copy of this book with the exact cover shown here (minus the large tear out of the top), and I usually read it at least twice a year (if not more), plus the odd time I listen to the audio book. I adore L.M. Montgomery's descriptions of the orchard, and every time I read it I just want to be outside in the fresh air. The only real problem that I have with this book is that it villianizes (Is that even a word? Oh well, it is now!) Italians. I realize that this book hails from an earlier time-frame, where this point of view was socially acceptable and everything, but every now and then it gets to me. It isn't too over the top or anything, and I personally choose to ignore it and get lost in (what I think) is one of L.M. Montgomery's best, along with books like 'The Blue Castle'.
Jason and Elizabeth are brother and sister book addicts who somehow manage to get along (most of the time). They reside in Canada with their dog Becky, and one (slightly insane) fly-hunting cat named Fish. Oh. And their parents. They're important too.
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