The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

This is another really good book I read in fifth or sixth grade.

 

It covers the story of Sylvia and Bonnie, and how they must escape from the clutches of Miss Slighcarp, the governess of Willoughby Chase, who is after something very dishonest. Sylvia and Bonnie get help from their loyal and helpful friend Simon, who was Bonnie’s friend when times were good.

It is a fairly short book, but it’s worth the read. It’s definitely for younger audiences, but that doesn’t mean older people can’t read it.

 

I would definitely recommend it to people who are interested in a good book to read.

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare is an entertaining book, perfect for the younger audiences.

Matt is a young boy who heads out in the wilderness with his father. They build a cabin. Matt is left behind while Father goes to fetch the rest of the family. Matt becomes friends with Attean, a Native American boy who helps Matt to learn about survival, and true friendship. When Matt’s family doesn’t return when he expects, he can’t be sure whether they ever will. Attean’s tribe decides to move, and Attean invites Matt to join them. Will he choose to leave and be guaranteed a family, or will he choose to keep waiting for his father and other family members to return?

Read the book to find out!
I first read the book in fifth or sixth grade. My youngest siblings recently read it for their English class, and the book is a favorite of our family. It does touch upon racism, but the character in question eventually learns his lesson. I would recommend this book for sure! It is a short book, but has a great storyline, full of adventure, excitement, and friendship.

Update

Hey everyone! After nine months of sporadic posting, I have decided to post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (Lord willing). A few bonus posts may appear here and there, but overall, my solid days are the ones listed above.

Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

This post is about the main series, not any of the spin-offs.

When I was nine, I picked up my first Nancy Drew book. I instantly fell in love, and over the next couple of years, I read them all (I read them out of order but somehow I kept track mentally, so I guess I made it through them as I had thought). I was the family detective, and mysteries were definitely my “thing.” For my tenth birthday, I got my “detective kit” that I had wanted. Oh my, that was definitely a worthwhile gift. I can’t even tell you how much use I got out of it, but it definitely got used (a lot). I do recall getting scared from reading so many mysteries. My grandparent’s house comes from the nineteenth century, and when I would hear a noise, I’d get nervous. But overall, my childhood with Nancy Drew was extremely special. And, of course, I would reread some of them.

Nancy Drew is about an eighteen year old detective with a lot of wits. She somehow manages to solve over sixty mysteries when she is eighteen, and get kidnapped more times than is logical. But, to a little girl, it’s magical.

It’s definitely not a series for older kids. I occasionally pick one up from the library, but rarely get around to reading it. Once, a few years back I started reading one of them (I think it was The Flying Saucer Mystery) and I remember feeling as though it was too young for me. But, you still may see me with one here and there.

This is definitely one of those “child friendly” series from years ago. I would recommend it to any girl who can handle mysteries, ghosts, villains, etc. They are short and there are a lot of them. Definitely worth reading.  Continue reading

Five Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are one of the greatest writing inventions. They can spark a writer’s imagination, and become something impressive. One of my favorite works was sparked by a series of pictures. So, I’ve decided to list five writing prompts for you. And, as I’d love for others to do the same for me, I am going to stress this point. I give you personal permission to publish a story that comes out of these writing prompts. It must be original (of course) but you are more than welcome to use this attempt to spark your creativity.

  1. You have come to a special place in your neighborhood/town, and something isn’t right. You can’t pinpoint what it is, but something is very wrong.
  2. You suddenly feel a pinch when you are walking down the street. You turn around and it’s…
  3. You’re watching a movie with your very unemotional friend, and he/she suddenly gets emotional. Why?
  4. Out of the blue, you get sicker than ever before. Why? How do you treat this sickness if it’s treatable?
  5. If you overdo something, what happens?

 

Facebook Fast

I recently decided to take a Facebook fast. Even though I’m not on Facebook all day, every day, I still get on it more than I’d like. And it wastes time. A lot of time. What’s the point of reading thousands of useless memes and spending hours and hours fostering relationships with people that aren’t real? I am friends on Facebook with a lot of people from all walks of life. Some of them I don’t know very well, but Facebook makes me think I do. But these relationships aren’t real. Every “like” doesn’t get you closer to an actual, real life person!

Once, I made a friend. And we decided to become friends on Facebook. After the event we were doing together ended, we kept up on Facebook. We would private message each other and have good conversations. We saw each other at least once in nearly six months, but it took that long before our friendship really grew by multiple visits over another four months. When we became closer in person, we really got along. But, as our friendship was fostered, so was our communication through Facebook, texting, phone calls, etc. Instead of the times where I may go weeks without responding, we almost talked every day, if not every day. And this is no exaggeration. We talked all the time. And saw each other in person around once a week. But if I add up all the time that we spent talking through technology, it would most likely exceed the time that we actually spent in person.

Our friendship suffered extreme “bumps in the road,” and I wouldn’t doubt that a lot of the problem lies in the fact that we communicated so frequently through technology. I’m not saying that our friendship was bad; it was good, really good. The point I’m making here is that things didn’t always go smoothly between us, probably because we spent so much time without seeing each other’s facial expressions, hearing the tone of voice, etc. It’s so easy to take texts the wrong way, and it would have been smarter in the long run to invest more time in our in-person friendship.

This summer, I want to focus on the activities that mean the most to me: Bible study, God relationship-investing, reading, shorthand, guitar, and writing. Facebook would only hinder it, distract me, and keep me from what’s important. I am taking a break from Facebook so I hope we can spend some time in person soon.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

 

Period of Quiet

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that for (about) the next two weeks, I probably won’t be on my blog much. I have a big chemistry final (and since chemistry isn’t my thing, I’ve got to work on it…a lot more than I have so far). I also have a couple more tests, multiple projects, etc. to complete. I’ll be back; I love blogging so much. But until then, goodbye, and pray I get A’s! 🙂

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I’ve got exciting news! I finally read the full version of Little Women! I started it on Wednesday the 13th and finished it in the course of a little over a week (my reading time was only about 2-2 1/2 days because I didn’t read every single day and some days I read for hours and hours and others for really small amounts of time). It can be a pretty easy/quick read if you have the time, patience, and can speed read. Some parts are easier to get through than others (because some parts are duller and easy to pay less attention to) but it was extremely good. This post will contain spoilers. 

Little Women was written by Louisa May Alcott. I know Jo is supposed to be the main character (right?), but I feel like each March sister has their own moments, and has their own amount of changes throughout the novel. Little Women is a story about life. We see our beloved characters grow up and become women over the course of about ten years.

The March Sisters:

Meg is the eldest March sister and is about sixteen in the novel’s opening. She desires wealth, beauty, and rich things.

Josephine (Jo) is fifteen in the beginning and is very headstrong, bold, and tomboyish. She eventually wants to be a writer.

Beth is thirteen at the start and is extremely timid, quiet, and sweet. She is the musician. When I was little, Beth was my favorite.

Amy is identified as twelve in the first part of the story. She is the artist of the family and loves to be proper. She really dislikes her nose.

The Other Important Characters: 

Theodore Lawrence (Laurie/Teddy) is Jo’s best friend, Amy’s future husband,  and neighbor of the March family.

Marmee is the loving and kind mother of the “little women.”

Mr. Lawrence is Laurie’s grandfather and is extremely sweet. He and Beth have a special connection.

Mr. John Brooke is Meg’s future husband.

Mr. March is the father of the “little women.” He is at war for some of the novel.

Aunt March is the cranky old aunt of the March family. She does have a good side, and eventually leaves Plumfield to Jo when she passes.

Professor  Friedrich Bhaer is Jo’s future husband. He is German and a sweetheart.

As written above, this is a story about life.  Little Women is frozen in time. It was written long ago, and yet we still read it. But why? Louisa May Alcott’s characters are real. They are not over the top, Lord of the Rings characters. The struggles and hardships the March family faces are not overly absurd. They could happen to any one of us. Any knights in shining armor happen in the imaginations and stories of the characters. The characters all have flaws. Jo is way too headstrong and outspoken. Beth is overly shy. Amy is selfish. Meg isn’t content. This novel is very enjoyable. It is loved by all different ages, and will be loved into the future. Definitely a must-read for every book lover!

What Rose Leveux Can Teach Us About Judging

Everyone says, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” It’s such a common phrase, and yet we all probably do it sometime in our lives. A good example of why we should not “judge a book by its cover” is the character of Rosemary Leveux (Warning, there are When Calls the Heart spoilers in this post).

Rosemary Leveux is an actress we all meet in season one of When Calls the Heart. And from the beginning, viewers are lead to feel a bit negatively about her. When we first meet her, we learn that she is coming to Coal Valley (called Hope Valley in later seasons) to find her fiancé. Very soon after this, we learn this “fiancé” of Rosie’s is our beloved Mountie, Jack Thorton. This is when the negative feelings will probably be aroused. We later learn that the engagement was called off, by Rosie herself, but that she wants him back. For a time, she is after his affections; rivaling with Elizabeth and even trying to wreak Jack and Elizabeth’s relationship. This, of course, is not successful, and Rosie finally moves on. She ends up falling in love with Lee Coulter, who she eventually marries.

Throughout the seasons, she becomes extremely lovable. She is definitely an important character, and a worthwhile investment. Not only does she being comedic relief and a personality unmatched by any other, she also has a kindness that is important for the show.

So, was Rosie an easy character to “judge by its [her] cover”? Absolutely. But, in the end, we learn that there is more to Miss Leveux than her annoying and irritating love for Jack.

What Shakespeare Made Me Realize

At my co-op, my friend said something about the Google tribute to Shakespeare, and how she was thinking about me or something. Another time, another friend was thinking about me when we were reading a book that had a Shakespearian aspect (it actually has multiple aspects) to it. Another person shared a link about Shakespeare’s first folio for me. Another friend once sent me a link to something Shakespeare related and said that when she saw it, she thought I needed to see it. Another special adult tagged me in a comment for a thing about Shakespeare. One of my closest friends even told me that she needed my help writing a Shakespearian love letter.

Yesterday, I was stopped by two moms I know about Shakespeare. The first one was mentioning his birthday a few days ago. I told her it was also the 400th anniversary of his death, and she said she remembered me mentioning that. I think she remembers my (around) ten minute speech from two years ago about Shakespeare. Then, as I was walking, another sweet lady (my brother’s music teacher) stopped me to give me a Shakespeare in music cd. I obviously have a reputation for Shakespeare, and what’s crazy about some of these people doing these things is that some of them I barely know. Now I’m starting to think, and I realize a common thing. Almost everyone I know has a common belief, that I love Shakespeare. And it’s true, I basically yell it out to the world. Even people I barely know seem to know it. And it’s really cool. But it makes me think, ‘What if I advertised my love of God in this same way? What if I talked about Him like I talk about Shakespeare?’ I mean, my reputation is one of a Shakespeare fanatic, and everybody knows it. But if I talked about God in the way I talk about Shakespeare, think about how many lives I could impact for Christ! Wouldn’t it be cool to be known as the girl who is obsessed with Jesus? Sure, my Shakespeare rep is cool, but in the end, what really counts is what I did about Jesus. If I listened to the command, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28:19, ESV), then think about all that I could accomplish! I already have experience evangelizing to people; I just went on a mission trip where we evangelized to people on the beach! Why am I wasting my time talking about Shakespeare when I could be telling everybody how much God loves them, and how God offers a new life to anyone who will accept Jesus, repent, and follow Him? Wouldn’t that be a great accomplishment?