Seven Life Lessons from Alice in Wonderland

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1.Tell stories in a linear manner: “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

2. Be open to changing your mind: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  Continue reading “Seven Life Lessons from Alice in Wonderland”

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

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For me books and travel are best when intertwined with each other. When I’m going on vacations, I love to read books set in the places I’m visiting. I’ve also planned a few trips based on books, which have been really fun. Here are a few of the top places books have made me want to visit (even though some of them are fantasy places, so I probably won’t make it there). Let me know yours in the comments! Continue reading “Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit”

Marry, Date or Dump: Atticus Finch, Pa Ingalls, & Mr. Bennet

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I’ve been picking YA characters for the last few weeks, so I thought today I’d up the age factor and give you three literary father figures to choose from. Your choices are between Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mocking Bird, Pa Ingalls from the Little House series, and Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.  Let me know in the comments who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump.

Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Atticus Finch, Pa Ingalls, & Mr. Bennet”

Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer

BelzharI expected to like Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer for a lot of reasons. I fell in love with Meg Wolitzer’s teenage characters in The Interestings this summer. Her grasp on teenage voice and teenage priorities made me wish for her to write something YA (since I got my wish maybe I should have asked for a million dollars instead). I also was super pumped about the connection to Sylvia Plath. Furthermore the idea of a boarding school specifically for “highly intelligent, emotionally fragile teenagers” tickled me. Don’t you wish you went to that school? I do…

Or at least I did, until I read the book and realized that different types of heartbreaking trauma are what got each of the characters sent to The Wooden Barn (and eventually into Belzhar). Anyway, I expected to like this book and I did. Here is why.  Continue reading “Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer”