Books

Once Was Enough Reads

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I’ve been having some good luck recently with reading and rereading classics I thought school had killed for me. It’s definitely a streak I hope continues but my friend and I were talking about the not a chance never again books which is just like what it sounds because sometimes once is enough.

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Movies, Television

Unpopular Opinions: Film and TV Edition

Unpopular Opinions

The Unpopular Opinions Tag is technically a book tag though I’m doing a Film and Television Edition because I think I have a lot more unpopular opinions about them. Either way this tag was originally created by The Book Archer.

These are my opinions of course. No offense intended.

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Books, Other

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Classics

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Freebie: My Favorite Classics

 Top Ten Tuesdays is a freebie week this week and I’ve been looking to get back into reading classics. Truth be told I’ve never had a particular easy time with them. Partly because I never like having things that I “have to” read and partly because of school through the years.

 So I used this as a little memory refresher of the ones I loved and the ones that have stayed with me:

Lord of the Rings

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The ultimate fantasy. The ultimate story of good vs. evil. I actually didn’t read this one in class but on my own and before the movies came out. The first thing I knew about it was my mother had a fear of hobbits growing up because her mother had forced her to read it. I loved it anyway! I think Aragorn might be my first fantasy husband.

Wuthering Heights

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This one actually was a school read but was helped along considerably by a wonderfully cheesy early 90’s movie version with Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche. (And really if you’re going to have anyone play those infamous characters those are pretty top-notch casting choices.)

This is one that I want to read again to see if I still love it now that I’m older and more cynical.

Alice in Wonderland

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Ah, the book that had me convinced of other worlds and door ways to wild, wonderful and (as I got older and learned more about it) somewhat creepy adventures. If I’m ever lucky enough to publish my own writing one day there’s a lot of threads that are influenced by this story. I recognize that already.

My two favorites however :

A Tale of Two Cities

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We read this junior year in Honors English and I actually was excited to read this one. I couldn’t understand the love for the book and no one was really “getting it” but my mother kept saying, “Keep reading. Keep reading. It will all make sense in the end.”

And then I read that last page and it really did all fall into place and it clarified the rest of the book for me. (And other people in the class.)

It was really a case of everyone going, “Now we get it!”

Crime and Punishment

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In my high school there were multiple Honor English courses for the first three years and then 2 Senior AP courses. Literally, this was the book that weeded out the students. People dropped like flies just at the idea of having to read Crime and Punishment.

It was strangely the only book the teacher that year actually seemed to enjoy teaching so I wound up having a really great experience with it. We put Raskolnikov on trial and I played Sonia, his girlfriend. It was perhaps the most I participated in four years of school. I was so proud I read it and aced it that I have always had a particular love for the story.

It’s funny how with the classics, especially the experiences around reading them, color my love (or dislike for them.) Hopefully, I knock a few off my list to read this year.

Books

Fairies: The Myths, Legends and Lore

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This was a fun little read that strangely put me in a spring mood. When they say fairies they mean really all “supernatural” or “elemental” creatures you can think of in here including; elves, pixies, trolls, leprechauns and dwarves amongst other things.

The book is broken into areas and addresses the subject in that way for instance you get a section on European fairy lore, Asian and Australian, America and others. I did find it all interesting even the stuff you would have learned from the movies like Tinkerbell, Morgan Le Fey and anything Lord of the Rings.

So some things I learned that I didn’t know:

There is a theory that these beings are demoted Gods which would be kind of cool. I mean I don’t consider it a bad fall back job. But then again if I could chose a vocation elf would be high up on the list and I don’t discriminate between Middle Earth or North Pole elf.

People think of absinthe as a fairy or associated it with fairy magic which is totally reasonable in my opinion.

People believe in beings known as the Cyber-Jinn who effect computers. Which was especially relevant because I happened to catch a nasty little adware cold on my work computer a couple of days after reading this so I just blamed the Cyber-Jinn.

The author touches on some other interesting points that I would like to read more about but with some exceptions it’s very much a hodgepodge so a lot of it gets run through quickly and dropped just as quickly. However throughout the book websites and other reading material are mentioned that you could use to continue on your fairy studies.

Recommend: Yes. If you like this kind of thing but aren’t an expert I’d recommend it. I also think it’s a great little gift idea. I really am going to gift it to a friend for their birthday. As for kids I don’t think there’s anything in there that would be bad to read although depending on their level of interest it might be a little dry.