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Book Club: December

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The snow is currently falling outside my window, and with the Alaskan mountains as the backdrop it is hard to tear away from the beautiful sight of the remote rugged terrain of Alaska. For the month of December I wanted to keep up the theme from last month of going back in time, and with this novel we will be heading back in time to 1946, when the second world war was ending, and a new beginning emerged.

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows takes us back in time to 1946 in London, where a young author named Juliet Ashton is looking for a new subject to write about. While she is searching for a new subject to write about she comes across a letter that sparks her imagination, and even inspires her next book. The letter she had found is from a man that is from the island Guernsey, the man had found Juliet’s name inside of another book that was written by Charles Lamb, and wanted to speak with her.
As Juliet and her new correspondents continue writing to one another, Juliet begins to learn about their society, a society that is eccentric and worldly. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was found at the spur-of-the-moment, when they were discovered after breaking curfew, the society had become an alibi for all of those who were in the group. Juliet continues to learn more and more about the group and each of the members, and she even gets to know them a little more personally when she asks them to list their favorite books, and even their opinions about the German’s who had occupied the land around them. After learning so much about them, Juliet sets off for an adventure, sailing over to Guernsey, and what she finds outs will change her entire life forever.

This book is truly one of the most unique books that I have read in a long time, and to be able to read this with the current backdrop that is my current town, it makes the novel even more fascinating and captivating.

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The Books That Shape You

The books we read shape us into the beings that we are, if you don’t believe that then look at your bookshelf and see which genre out rules the rest, then dive deep into your mind and heart, you will see that those books shaped you in ways you had not realized.

For myself, I read just about anything and so the list of books that I have read is completely all over the page from classic to fantasy to psychological thrillers. Even though I cannot pick a favorite book, I tend to find my self lean towards the classics, such as A Room With a View, Sense and Sensibility, The Raven, Moby Dick; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to name a few. Those books helped shaped into the person that I’ve become.

Recently, I read an article that was titled, “What Your Favorite Book Genre Says About Your Personality”, and I was intrigued. Being so intrigued, I began to read what this person had thought about each genre and how it developed a person’s personality. And when I read the first one, classic, I was smiling so big that I was surprised how accurate this person had pinpointed my personality from just focusing on my favorite book genre. Here is what the article said about classics, ” You have and will reread just about every classic there is. Jane Austen and Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck — this is the crew that will always be your favorite writers. You were the kid in high school who actually read all of the mandatory books and enjoyed them. You prefer getting to know one person deeply, rather than knowing a couple people on the surface. You tend to cherish the simplicities in everyday life more than anything else.” 100% that is me in a small paragraph when it comes to pinpointing me with a book genre. I was excited to read the books that my teachers had assigned for us to read, in fact, I got in trouble for reading the entire book ( we were only supposed to read two chapters), and was unable to say anything about the book, because I might’ve spoiled it for the rest of the class. I didn’t mind, it just meant that I could read a different book while they were discussing the chapter that they were on.

The article continues to go on and list other genres such as fantasy, horror, and romance. What is your favorite book genre? Do you have more than one? Classics is my number one, then fantasy. And the description for the both of them definitely suits me.

Follow this link and read the original article about book genres and personalities.

https://www.bustle.com/articles/109117-what-your-favorite-book-genre-says-about-your-personality

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Book Club: April

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Alison Weir is one of the most famous authors for writing about history and bringing it back to life for the modern day bookworm. She has written about so many historical figures from the Prince’s in the Tower to King Henry VIII, and more recently she has tackled on the challenge of writing about all of King Henry VIII’s wives, all six of them.

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, is based on the life of Queen Katherine, the Spanish princess who was the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. She was betrothed to Prince Arthur (King Henry VIII’s older brother) at a very young age, then married him on November 14, 1501 at the Old St. Paul’s Cathedral. They were only married for five months when the sweating sickness swept through the country side and enveloped the both prince and princess. Katherine had survived, however, Arthur had passed away, leaving Katherine a widow. For months Katherine was left to her own devices in a strange and foreign land where she had her servants as friends. Her father and prince Arthur’s father, King Henry VII, were trying to figure out what to do with Princess Katherine, for King Henry VII  was afraid to lose the 200,000 ducats that was her dowry. At one point, King Henry VII had proposed of marrying Katherine himself after his own wife had passed, but thankfully King Ferdinand did not want his daughter marrying him. Instead, King Henry VII had proposed the idea of Katherine marrying his youngest son, Henry ( the future king), but had realized that after her mother had died, her “value” was now down. After years of King Henry VII trying to keep his son and Katherine from marrying, the king passed away, leaving his youngest son to ascend the throne. When Henry was crowned King Henry VIII, he had said that he was going to marry Katherine himself, for love and security for the throne for she would bear him sons (only one son survived for 52 days). The couple did have one surviving child, the future Queen Mary (also known as Bloody Mary). After several other failed pregnancies, King Henry VIII’s eyes started to look the other way and found himself in the arms of a young lady of the court by the name of Anne Boleyn. The divorce trials that followed this torrid triangle affair was outstanding and nearly took the world by storm. For Katherine refused to divorce her husband, for she in her own words, “have been your true wife, in every way.” But King Henry VIII was adamant about divorcing Katherine and marrying Anne, for he wished to have sons succeed him on the throne.

This story follows the entire life of Queen Katherine, and with it being historically accurate and somewhat fictional in certain parts, it is one of the best stories of the 21st century. Queen Katherine has always been my favorite Queen, besides Nefertiti (she was known as a Pharaoh), and this novel does her justice. All of you will truly enjoy this magnificent story.

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Book Club: February

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The novel that has been chosen for the book club is the elegantly written, The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, by Kelli Estes. This story has everything a reader would want in a novel; mystery, romance, history, and tragedy. This novel follows a young lady named Inara, who has traveled to her now deceased aunt’s island estate. While she roams about the estate, she finds herself in a part of the house that contains a hidden piece of fabric that is elegantly stitched together and has intricate details all over it. As Inara begins to take apart the hidden secrets it holds, Inara finds herself in connection with a young girl named Mei Lein, who had been driven away from her home a century before. Suddenly, Inara realizes that Mei has written stories inside the silk, and Inara has come face to face with a tragic truth, this truth shakes everyone in Inara’s family, including herself.

This novel is mesmerizing and captivating on every level, you can truly see through Inara’s eyes as you read the story. Your mind will want to know every answer to every question that will surround your head as you read, and you will keep reading it until you get all of your answers. Kelli Estes is a gifted author and deserves a standing ovation for this novel, for it is written wonderfully and the characters seem to come alive.

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What ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Taught me about Love and Relationships

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Ever since I was a little child I always had a book in my hand, I would take that book with me everywhere I went and read it while other kids were socializing with one another, don’t get me wrong, I would jump in mud puddles and play in the dirt just like any other child, I just preferred books more. The books I read as a child helped shape me to become the woman that I am today, and I am grateful for it. Most of the books were of romance, you know the old fashioned romance novels that still grace the bookshelves around the world, but are now in the back due to the recent BDSM novels 5o Shades of Grey taking the limelight.

Anne of Green Gables series is a perfect example of one of the romance-coming of age novels that I grew up reading as a child, and during the time that I had discovered about love, friendships, relationships, and learning about myself as well by reading these novels. And oh what a ride it was at such a young age to learn about that. And now, as a woman in my mid-20’s, I can look back on those novels when I need some reminding about what it is that I learned about love and relationships.

                                          Find someone who challenges you:

When it comes to academics, and some sports, I can get pretty competitive, that is just who I am by nature. However, I, just like everyone else, feel like I have to dumb myself down to just stroke a guys ego, but just like Anne Shirley, I will have none of that. At first Anne tries to best Gilbert, who is also very competitive, but in reality this whole competitive streak in the both of them, it just makes them both better, not only for themselves, but for each other.

Forget about your ideal suitor/dream person:

Just like everyone else out there, we all are attracted to specific types of people. For Anne, her ideal person was “tall and distinguished looking, with melancholy, inscrutable eyes and a melting, sympathetic voice”. That description is nowhere near Gilbert Blythe, even though he is her soul mate and one true love. For myself, my ideal person was, tall, rugged, tattooed, with soulful eyes and a deep, penetrating voice. I’m not saying you should settle, by heavens, no. Just remember, that your soul mate will look different from your ideal suitor, and that is okay. In the words of Anne Shirley, “I don’t want sunbursts or marble halls, I just want you.” Keep that in mind when you have finally met your soulmate/twinflame.

Relationship with your own bosom friend (best friend):

Everyone has a best friend (s), the one that we can go to for anything, and know that they will be your support system, while at the same time, make you stay grounded. Anne Shirley’s best friend is Diana Barry, whom she refers to “bosom friend”, they are inseparable and their friendships stays strong throughout the remainder of their lives. Having your very own best friend is one of the best feelings in the world, because you have found someone who understands your quirks, and loves spending time with you.

Letting Yourself Be Rescued:

For many modern women, they do not want to be rescued by a prince/princess on a shining horse, it is basically against everything that the modern woman stands for. But if you are like Anne Shirley, holding onto the bottom of the bridge in The Lake of Shining Waters, and your rival comes along wanting to help you get out….take it. There is nothing wrong with being saved once in a while.

Don’t be afraid to feel all of the emotions:

Being an emotional person is nothing to be afraid of, in fact, I am highly emotional, and perfectly okay with that. Because I feel for everything around me and in me. Anne’s emotions are well read between the lines, and to see the things she finds joy in and see how much Gilbert had hurt her, is truly remarkable. Because she is a human, she is allowed to feel these emotions.

Never take shit from boys:

When Anne arrives to the school on her first day, Gilbert is taken by her and wants to get her attention, so what does he do? He calls her “carrots” and pulls on her braids. And Anne’s response, she got up, cursed him, took a slate and smashed it over Gilbert’s head. It is humorous when you first read it, and still hilarious when you read it again, or even when you watch it happen when Megan Follows (as Anne Shirley) busts the slate over Jonathan Crombie’s (as Gilbert Blythe) head.

The first meeting:

The moment Gilbert Blythe lays eyes on Anne Shirley, he is smitten, as if it were truly love at first sight. But then his obnoxious behavior turns Anne away for some time, and he tries to get her attention again. Love at first sight is something that pretty much everyone dreams of, and I will admit that I have always been fascinated with the thought of love at first sight. For myself, I have never actually experienced it, but I don’t let that get me down. The first meeting can be over the top like Anne’s and Gilbert’s, or it can be something that you have only read or seen in movies, or even just by a chance encounter.

Sometimes it’s best to apologize:

Anne realizes that her actions against Gilbert were uncalled for, and that is when she gives him the sweetest and dearest apology ever to be written: “What a stubborn little goose I was…”, finally opening up that door that led to a beautiful friendship and romance.

 

Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of the Anne of Green Gables series, created the characters of Anne and Gilbert to show the entire world about true romance and show that even Anne goes through the entire cycle of emotions as she learns her place in the world, in herself, and as a wonderful yet spunky daughter, friend, wife, and mother. Not only that, but Lucy Maud Montgomery created a man (Gilbert) that millions of women (and some men) had fallen for, and I was one of those women who had fallen for Gilbert Blythe. And if Mrs. Montgomery were here, I would give her a hug and thank her for creating such beautiful novels that I could relate to.

 

 

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Book Club: January

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Welcome to 2017 everyone! This past year went by so fast, I could not believe it with my own eyes. I wanted to kick off the new year with a wonderful novel that you will all thoroughly enjoy.

When the Moon is Low is a beautifully written novel by the talented Nadia Hashimi; the author behind The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and A House Without Windows. The novel follows a lady named Fereiba living in Kabul, working as a school teacher. While she works as a school teacher, Fereiba tries to shut away the childhood that she endured, while she finds love in an arranged marriage. All in all, Fereiba is living a comfortable life; however, that comfortable life comes to an end, when the Taliban rises to power and her entire family becomes a target for the new regime ran by fundamentalists. Fereiba and her three children are forced to flee from their home all the way to London to live with her sister. In the dead of the night, under the cover of darkness, Fereiba and her children make their way to Iran. This journey has transformed Fereiba into a desperate refugee seeking safety for her and her children. Unfortunately, once Fereiba and her children make it into Europe, they become part of the underground network for the undocumented refugees. To make matters worse, her eldest teenage son has been taken while they were in Greece. Without his mother, the young teenager is forced into human trafficking and refugee camps, leaving him to grow up in them and endure the coming of age in the worst places imaginable.

If you wish to see what will happen to Fereiba and her three children, go grab a copy of it in bookstores across the world, or even online. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and you will not want to put it down for even a second. Your heart will be racing and your mind will run rampant as you envision Fereiba in your mind as you read.

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Frozen Moon (Poem)

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The days have become shorter,
The nights have become longer,
the first frost has descended.

Most of the population has scampered off home,
While I stand beneath the frozen moon light.
No need to hide in the warmth,
No need to hide beside the fireplace,
For the warmth of my jacket is all I need,
As I watch the frozen moon tonight.